JT produces standouts in all three phases in opener

Published on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 14:31 - Written by PHIL HICKS, phicks@tylerpaper.com
Next Up: Ennis (0-1) vs. John Tyler (1-0) What: Christus Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic Where: Earl Campbell Field at CTMF Rose Stadium When: 7:30 p.m. Friday


With a big opening win over Plano West, there were a number of stars who stood out for John Tyler.

Despite five turnovers, the Lions rolled to a 49-13 victory over the Wolves at John Clark Stadium in Plano.

JT coach Ricklan Holmes and his coaching staff had a tough time narrowing down the list for Players of the Week, but the choices were running back Cameron Grant on offense, end Dekalen Goodson on defense and kicker/punter Frankie Sanchez on special teams.

Grant showed why he is a top running back, rushing for 200 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries.

The 5-9, 170-pound junior ran behind his line of tackles Chance Billington and Ja’Bralen Yarber, guards Samuel Meneses and Kaylon Douglas, and center Trejon Blake.

Goodson, a 6-3, 205-pound senior, helped the Lions stifle the Wolves’ attack with 10 solo tackles, including three tackles for loss. He also had two quarterback hurries.

Sanchez, a 5-8, 150-pound junior, connected on 7 of 7 extra point attempts, punted twice for a 38.5-yard average and of the eight kickoffs, he found the end zone five times for touchbacks.

Running back/wide receiver Victor Campbell Jr. and linebacker Dewayne Jones earned the Lion Heart honor.

Campbell, a 5-7, 165-pound senior, rushed eight times for 85 yards with a touchdown. He also had two receptions for 30 yards.

Jones (5-10, 175, senior) had four tackles, including two for losses, along with a sack and three QB hurries.

After the win, JT is ranked No. 13 in the state Associated Press Class 6A poll.

In the Texas High School Football Coaches Association/The Athletics Department Regional poll, the Lions are rated No. 6 in Class 6A Region II. The Woodlands is ranked No. 1, followed by Klein Collins, Spring Westfield, Coppell, Round Rock Cedar Ridge, JT, Garland Sachse, Austin Bowie, Beaumont West Brook and Round Rock.

The Lions’ home opener is Friday in the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic. JT will take on another pride of Lions in Ennis at CTMF Rose Stadium. Kickoff on Earl Campbell Field is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Ennis opened its season last week with a 29-28 loss to Dallas South Oak Cliff.

Whitehouse (1-0) and Chapel Hill (1-0) open the Classic on Thursday with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. On Saturday, Tyler Lee (1-0) plays host to Corsicana (1-0) at 11:30 a.m.


Tickets for the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic are available at the Tyler ISD Athletic Office, Plyler Complex, 807 W. Glenwood, or by visiting https://tylerisd.brushfireapp.com/classic.

Advanced ticket prices are: adult general admission ($6), student general admission ($4), all reserved seats ($9, JT & Lee only) and all general admission tickets at the gate ($7).

Each ticket purchased is good for $3 off of a general admission ticket to any other CTMF Football Classic game. They are redeemable at the TISD Athletic Office and stadium ticket booths.

Passes will not be honored for The Classic Games; this includes THSCA, TGCA, Tyler ISD Athletic Pass and Tyler ISD Employee Badges.

The game schedule is:

Thursday, Sept. 7: Whitehouse Wildcats vs. Chapel Hill Bulldogs, 7:30 p.m.;

Friday, Sept. 8: Ennis vs. John Tyler, 7:30 p.m.;

Saturday, Sept. 9: Corsicana vs. Tyler Lee, 11:30 a.m.