Next season, the last Lemon falls from the Yates High School football tree.
Running back Eli Lemon (5 feet 10, 180 pounds) has a name to live up to in a rough neighborhood. He's the last of the Lemon's, who have walked the halls of Yates for generations.
"I'm the baby," he said. "I'm the end of the tree. I've got a lot to live up to and next year will be my time."
It's brother Orie Lemon's time right now, who has quarterbacked the Lions the past two seasons. Eli has witnessed the college coaches visiting Yates to meet his brother, the endless phone calls and the unofficial visits Orie has taken.
"I'm excited for him and I think he likes LSU, Oklahoma State and Arkansas," he said. "I like Texas, LSU, Oklahoma and Arkansas, too. I want to get out of here and play out of state.
"I'm getting straight for next year," he said. "I'm getting my grades in order and getting stronger, faster and healthy. Next year is my time and I will be ready."
Eli has been slowed by injured his knee this season and had an injection that needed medical attention the past few weeks.
"Orie is a talented runner and he has been pushed by some competition this year, which has been good for him," Yates coach Clarence McKinney said. "That will only make him better."