Prosper’s new football stadium Prosper ISD

John Tyler football coach Ricklan Holmes and Tyler ISD athletic director Greg Priest are hopeful transfer Jermone Bowser Jr. will be eligible to play for the Lions this season.

The State Executive Committee of the University Interscholastic League will meet on Tuesday to determine the eligibility of student athletes. The committee will convene at the Austin Marriot North in Round Rock.

JT is appealing the ruling of the District 7-5A Division I executive committee who ruled Bowser ineligible for changing schools (Whitehouse to JT) for athletic purposes.

Both Holmes and Priest said they are hopeful of the appeal going in Tyler’s favor.

Bowser is a 5-10, 175-pound senior who plays wide receiver and defensive back. His father, Jermone Bowser Sr., is a coach for the Lions.

The appeal is set to be heard at 2:45 p.m.

There are a total of eight appeals on Tuesday with the first being heard at 9 a.m. The schools involved are Round Rock Cedar Ridge (District 13-6A), Manor (11-5A D-I), Bay City (13-4A DI), Tomball (20-5A DI), Spring Westfield (16-6A) and two from Midland (2-6A).


The annual Tyler ISD Invitational Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Matches are set for John Tyler High School (1120 NNW Loop 323), Boulter Middle School (2926 Garden Valley Road), Tyler Lee High School (411 ESE Loop 323) and Three Lakes Middle School (2445 Three Lakes Parkway).

Pool play is scheduled for Thursday and Friday with bracket play on Saturday.

Pools include: 1 — John Tyler, Bryan Rudder, Mabank, Harmony; 2 — Longview, Mesquite Poteet, Carthage, Alba-Golden; 3 — Killeen Ellison, Hallsville, Beckville, Tyler All Saints; 4 — Lindale, Spring Hill, Nacogdoches Central Heights, Tyler Bishop Gorman; 5 — Tyler Lee, Willis, Quitman, Van; 6 — Joshua, Lufkin, Bullard, Texarkana Pleasant Grove; 7 — White Oak, Texarkana Texas High, Elysian Fields, New Boston; and 8, Little Elm, Whitehouse, Henderson, Mineola.

After pool play on Friday, the teams will be placed in brackets for Saturday’s play — Championship Bracket (First, Second in pools 9-12) at JT; Gold Bracket (Third, Fourth in pools 9-12) at REL; Silver Bracket (First, Second in pools 13-16) at Boulter; and Bronze Backet (Third, Fourth in pools 13-16) at Three Lakes.


There will be a host of football scrimmages in East Texas this week.

Set to scrimmage at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium on Friday are Tyler Lee and Longview Pine Tree. The sub-varsity will start at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7:30 p.m.

JT is scheduled to scrimmage Dallas Jesuit on Friday at North Forney High School in Forney. The frosh and junior varsity are set to play at 6 p.m. with the varsity squads lining up at 7:15 p.m.

Following the scrimmage, JT’s season opener against Mesquite Horn. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler.

Lee will play at Marshall that same night.

The first regular season game at CTMF Rose Stadium is Thursday, Aug. 29 as Lindale meets Kaufman.


Prosper ISD is the latest to build a multi-million dollar high school football stadium.

The first game at Children’s Health Stadium at Prosper ISD (1240 Frontier Parkway, Prosper 75078) will be 7 p.m. Aug. 30, when Prosper hosts Rowlett.

The total construction contract for the stadium, which will have turf, is $53 million. It will seat 12,000. There are 1,000 reserved chair seats and 5,000 bench seats on both sides of the stadium.

The district also touts the largest video board of any high school football stadium in Texas (A 57-by-63-foot Daktronics scoreboard that includes a 57-by-33-foot HD LED video display).

Each floor is approximately 4,700 square feet. The first floor is for a film/judging deck, coaches, scouts and press. The second floor is for broadcasting, the announcer, stats, officials and hospitality. It also includes the Prosper ISD athletic offices.

Also, Prosper ISD broadcast journalism students will work with state-of-the-art equipment and will run all gameday operations for home games.

The $53 millon pricetag is actually cheaper than three other stadiums that have opened in Texas since 2012 — Katy ISD’s $72.2 million, 12,000-seat Legacy Stadium (opened in 2017), the $69.9 million, 12,000-seat McKinney ISD Stadium (2018) and Allen ISD’s $59.6 million, 18,000-seat Eagle Stadium (2012).

JT will play in the new McKinney stadium this year as the Lions face McKinney North on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Football Scrimmages

(Times, dates subject to change)

Thursday, Aug. 22

Tyler Grace Community at Sabine, 5 p.m.

Mount Enterprise at Tyler All Saints, 6 p.m.

Lindale at Chapel Hill, 7 p.m.

Waco Midway at Corsicana, 7:30 p.m.

Sulphur Springs at Liberty-Eylau, 7 p.m.

Athens at Palestine, 7 p.m.

Brownsboro vs. Silsbee at Nacogdoches, 5 p.m.

Addison Trinity Christian at Canton, 7 p.m.

Gilmer at Henderson

Mabank at Aubrey

Pittsburg at North Lamar

Wills Point at Quinlan Ford, 7 p.m.

Malakoff at Rusk, 7 p.m.

Terrell at Van

Alba-Golden at Kemp, 6 p.m.

Elkhart at Arp, 6 p.m.

Atlanta at Mount Pleasant

Commerce at Sunnyvale, 6 p.m.

Cayuga at Corsicana Mildred, 6 p.m.

Mount Vernon at Edgewood

Elysian Fields at Jefferson, 6 p.m.

Winona at Emory Rains, 6 p.m.

Kerens at Eustace, 7 p.m.

Hawkins at Frankston, 5 p.m.

Harmony at Hughes Springs, 5 p.m.

Big Sandy at Grand Saline, 9 a.m.

Leonard at Lone Oak, 6 p.m.

Rivercrest at Ore City, 5 p.m.

Palestine Westwood at Carlisle, 6 p.m.

Omaha Paul Pewitt at White Oak, 7 p.m.

Tatum at Spring Hill, 7 p.m.

Union Grove at Troup

Waskom at Joaquin

Hooks at Winnsboro

Beckville at Maud

Cross Roads at Cushing

Harleton at DeKalb, 6 p.m.

Simms James Bowie at Linden-Kildare, 5 p.m.

Huntington at San Augustine

Friday, Aug. 23

Pine Tree at Tyler Lee, 7:30 p.m.

John Tyler vs. Dallas Jesuit at North Forney HS, Forney, 7:15 p.m.

Overton at Tyler Bishop Gorman, 5 p.m.

Texarkana Texas High at Longview, 10 a.m.

Bullard at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.

Texarkana Pleasant Grove at Hallsville

Atlanta at Mount Pleasant

Jasper at Nacogdoches, 7:30 p.m.

Kilgore at Kaufman, 7 p.m.

Crockett at Woodville

Gladewater at Daingerfield, 6 p.m.

Mineola at Caddo Mills

New Diana at Tenaha

Queen City at Redwater, 6:30 p.m.

Como-Pickton at Quitman

Scurry-Rosser at Italy

Detroit at Prairiland

Garrison at Groveton, 6 p.m.

Grapeland at Trinity, 6 p.m.


Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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