Tyre Lee leads St. Rita rout of Dunbar

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After suffering a broken ankle, St. Rita’s Tyre Lee spent most of the 2013 season on the sidelines.

Now, the Mustangs are sure glad to have him back.

Lee ran for 207 yards in the first half and four second quarter touchdowns Friday night as the host Mustangs rolled to a 56-8 win over Dunbar.

“He’s a great guy to have back,” St. Rita coach Todd Kuska said. “He’s an explosive back. It was unfortunate that he got hurt last year, but we worked really hard to get back and he’s as good as he’s ever been.”

It was the first game played on the new turf field at St. Rita’s Doyle Stadium.

Lee helped spark the rout for the Mustangs (2-0) after Dunbar (0-2) was hanging around late in the first half.

The Mightymen got on the board 3 minutes, 26 seconds before the break, pulling within 21-8 on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Deomoria Harris (4-of-8 passing, 92 yards) to Rayqwon Erving and a Jon Charles two-point run.

Dunbar then pinned the Mustangs on their eight-yard line on the ensuing kickoff. That didn’t matter to Lee, though, as he broke off a 92-yard touchdown run for the immediate answer.

“It really all started with my offensive linemen and my receivers blocking for me,” Lee said. “This game was a nice comeback for me after last season.”

Lee added a one-yard touchdown run just 14 seconds later, a score set up by Marty Bechina’s fourth interception of the young season. Bechina picked off three passes in the opening win over Simeon. Marty’s Brother, Luke, also had a first-half interception.

“That was pretty cool,” Marty said. “I think this is definitely the first time we’ve both had an interception in the same game.”

C.J. Weydeman (5-of-13 passing, 96 yards) hit Brandon Gaston on a 42-yard bomb for a touchdown on the last play of the half and, suddenly, the Mustangs led 42-8.

Lee also had touchdown runs of one and 29 yards in the second quarter and Weydeman had a first quarter score on a one-yard sneak.

In the second half, St. Rita scored on a five-yard run from Mateo Zunica (10 carries, 91 yards) and an 18-yard run from Scott Procter.

Defensively, the Mustangs forced four turnovers, with Thomas Rehfeld and Jordan Brand recovering fumbles.

“Everyone’s there for each other on our defense,” Luke Bechina said. “We just have to keep making plays.”

St. Rita held a 368-114 edge in total yards.

Erving and Charles had interceptions for Dunbar.

The Mustangs now enter a key stretch with games against Montini, Mount Carmel and Providence the next three weeks.

“We didn’t play as well as we thought we could against Simeon,” Kuska said. “We had a good week of practice and we came out ready to play for our first home game and first game on the new field.”

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