John Tylerâ€™s Tyus Bowser is no stranger to big games, evidenced by his team being a serious state-title contender. But on Friday night, the senior defensive lineman produced a rare performance that people will be talking about for years.
In the second-ranked Lionsâ€™ come-from-behind 45-38 victory against Whitehouse, Bowser broke through the offensive line on just about every snap to make Wildcatsâ€™ quarterback Patrick Mahomes scramble all night. The result was a five-sack performance for Bowser, who entered the night with seven sacks on the season.
Bowser, who also had 12 tackles, five quarterback pressures and forced fumble, is Tyler Morning Telegraph and ETFinalScore.comâ€™s Player of the Week.
â€śWeâ€™re a team that never gives up. We fight to the end,â€ť Bowser said after the game. â€śIt was heart. Theyâ€™ve got a great quarterback and receivers. Our front line had to dig deep, play hard and get to the quarterback the best we could.â€ť
Did they ever.
With the win, John Tyler (9-1, 5-0) captured the District 16-4A championship over the previously undefeated Wildcats. The Lions begin the postseason this week against Waxahachie, a matchup scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Garlandâ€™s Homer B. Johnson Stadium. The No. 2-ranked Lions are completing in Class 4A Division I.
Pre-game day tickets are $6 (adults) and $3 (students). All tickets at the game are $8.
Tickets are on sale in the TISD Athletic Office at the Plyler Complex, 807 W. Glenwood, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tickets may also be purchased at T&T Lewis Texaco, 903 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Despite Bowserâ€™s dominance, Mahomes still finished the night 27 of 56 for 428 yards and four touchdowns. The junior also rushed for a score to help the Wildcats build a 24-0 first-half lead, but Bowserâ€™s pressure helped the Lions rally and go into halftime down 24-10.
And in the second half, it was all Bowser and the Lionsâ€™ defensive front.
The Wildcats (9-1) meet Ennis (8-2) in a Class 4A Division II bi-district game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.
Tickets for the Whitehouse game go sale at noon Tuesday and continue through 10 a.m. Friday at any campus or administration office.
General Admission Tickets are $6 (adults) $3 (students)
All tickets at the gate will be $7.
Other notable performances from Friday â€¦
Brandon Lackner, T.K. Gormanâ€¦In the Crusadersâ€™ 36-34 loss to Dallas Shelton, Lackner caught 14 passes for 170 yards and registered 13 tackles, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble on defense.
Michael Roberson, Arpâ€¦To help the Tigers beat Winona 51-14, Roberson produced 357 yards and four touchdowns.
Fred Ross, John Tylerâ€¦With the district title on the line, the senior receiver caught seven passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns (25, 54, 71 yards).
Will Weathers, Brook Hillâ€¦In the Guardâ€™s 66-44 victory against Carrolton Prince of Peace, the quarterback scored six total touchdowns and generated almost 300 total yards.
Brice Wilkerson, Robert E. Leeâ€¦From the wildcat formation, Wilkerson finished with 14 carries for 165 yards in the Red Raidersâ€™ loss to Rockwall-Heath.
â€” Staff Writer Harold Wilson contributed to this reportă€€