Brook Hill sets Classic

photo by Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph Houston Second Baptist football coach Terry Pirtle speaks Friday about his team during a news conference for the Brook Hill Classic.

BULLARD — Terry Pirtle led the Brook Hill Guard to a state football championship in 2011.

He will return to Herrington Stadium three years later as the head coach of Houston Second Baptist.

Second Baptist will face Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD) in Game 2 of the Brook Hill Fall Football Classic on Saturday, Aug. 30. The opener of the Classic will feature the host Guard against Edgewood on Friday, Aug. 29.

All four teams were represented Friday afternoon by their head coaches at the Brook Hill Fall Football Classic Kickoff Luncheon, held at the Kyle Lake Athletic Center.

“To say that I am excited to be back would be an understatement,” said Pirtle, who went 7-4 and won district last year in his first season at Houston Second Baptist.

“It was a very tough decision to leave here and some of the best friends and memories of my life are at Brook Hill. So to come here and be a part of this program and school for a couple days, I can only hope that I bring a good team that will honor this event and stay with ESD.”

Bobby Brasher begins his second year at the helm of Brook Hill after he led the Guard to the playoffs last year with a 6-5 record. Brook Hill will face an Edgewood team that Brasher said is the first of several non-district high hurdles he and his staff set up for the Guard.

“Edgewood is going to be a real good football team and they are very well coached,” Brasher said. “Our kids are excited and really looking forward to (it). We play Edgewood, Tenaha and Alto, so it’s going to be a challenge.”

Ryan Simmons begins his eighth year as Edgewood head coach. In that time, the Bulldogs have reached the playoffs four times and in back-to-back years. Edgewood went 8-3 last season before being stopped in bi-district.

“This is a great venue and a great opportunity for our kids to come and play in a classic like this,” Simmons said. “Our preseason is going to be decidedly tougher than what is has been the last two years and opening up here is no exception. We expect every game to be tough.

“We feel like hopefully we can come in here and be competitive and represent our school district and our community.”

Richard Williams, like Brasher, was an assistant first before taking over the head job. Williams in his first season at the helm of Episcopal School of Dallas. The Eagles went 6-4 last season.

“When you are a first year coach one thing you always try to do is make at exciting for your kids and make it fun for them,” Williams continued. “I did not have any expectations of what to expect when (I agreed to play in this event), but now that I am here, I am really happy. I know when they come here and see this event and the facilities, my kids are going to be really excited.”

Notes: This is the fifth annual Brook Hill Fall Football Classic and the Guard are so far undefeated in the event. Last year, the Guard needed a last-second touchdown catch and run on a tipped by Seth Brasher to defeat Frankston 21-18 … Brook Hill topped Frankston 34-0 in 2012 … In 2011, Brook Hill defeated Lake Worth 31-13 …In 2010 Brook Hill edged Lake Worth 27-20.


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