BULLARD - Brook Hill High School is hosting its third annual Tyler Ford/Brook Hill American Warrior Bowl the weekend of Sept 1.
The event has a special focus on members of the military (active duty and retired), and first responders.
In 2015 the event had a special focus on World War II veterans; 2016 centered on Vietnam veterans, and this year the focus will be on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
Brook Hill head coach Scott Ryle is an Iraq veteran where he served as a Recon Team Leader.
Brook Hill’s opponent in 2015 was St. Bernard’s of California and in 2016 was St. John Paul II of Florida.
This year, however, the school is receiving a visit from Royal Imperial Collegiate High School of Ontario, Canada. Royal Imperial Collegiate High School started its football program last year and had a record of 4-6.
Head coach Joseph Hagins flew in from Buffalo, New York, to make the news conference. He said he wants to “expose our guys to what true football is. ... I’m from a small town in Georgia, so I know football is everything around here.”
The two teams will attend a banquet Friday, Sept. 1, with state Rep. Bryan Hughes as the guest speaker.
The American Warrior Cross Country Run will take place Saturday, Sept. 2, at Brook Hill, with more than 300 athletes from East Texas schools competing.
Both football teams will also participate in a service project on that Saturday morning at the East Texas Food Bank where last year Brook Hill and St. John Paul II of Boca Raton, Florida, packed meals for 20,000 children at schools in Zambia.
A Saturday evening tailgate will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kyle Lake Athletic Center parking lot. There will be free admission - and food will be provided - for all veterans and first responders.
The football game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2.