John Tyler finished 3-2 in bracket play on Saturday of the Powerade Blazing 7on7 Football Invitational in Matthews, North Carolina.

JT compiled an overall record of 7-5 during the weekend.

In bracket play, the Lions, seeded No. 18 in the 32-team event, defeated No. 15 Timber Creek (New Jersey), 22-16, in three overtimes in the first round.

In the Sweet 16 round, JT fell to No. 2 McGill-Toolen (Alabama), 28-10.

After falling into the consolation bracket of the double-elimination tournament, the Lions won over No. 17 Vance (North Carolina), 28-21.

JT then defeated No. 26 Bluefield (West Virginia), 21-5.

The Lions saw their experience in North Carolina end with a 23-16 loss to No. 9 Male (Kentucky).

In the semifinals, No. 10 Life Christian Academy (Virginia) defeated No. 16 Woodward Academy (Georgia), 26-10, and No. 11 Camden (New Jersey) Tiger Nation won over No. 3 Christ The King (New York), 28-8.

Life Christian then took the championship with a 17-16 victory over Camden.

JT competed with Life Christian in their pool on Friday with the Lions falling to the eventual champions, 27-17.

There were 32 teams entered from 18 states.

Three NFL players were on hand for the tournament — DeShone Kizer (Green Bay Packers), Mohamed Sanu (Atlanta Falcons) and Landon Collins (Washington Redskins).

In Friday’s pool play, the Lions started the day with two straight victories — 19-16 over Richmond County (North Carolina) and 21-14 over Carolina Forest (South Carolina). Following a 30-21 loss to Johns Creek (Georgia), JT won over Vero Beach (Florida), 25-15. The Lions fell to Oakland (Tennessee), 37-2, before bouncing back to beat the Illinois team of Thornton Fractional North, 33-8. In the final game of pool play, JT lost to Life Christian Academy.

The Lions’ first day of fall workouts begins on Aug. 12 with conditioning drills. The first day of full contact is Aug. 17.

JT’s scrimmage is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23 against Dallas Jesuit at North Forney High School in Forney. That game is set for 7:15 p.m.

Coach Ricklan Holmes’ Lions are ranked No. 6 in Class 5A Division I by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine. Three-time defending state champion Dallas Highland Park is No. 1, followed by Denton Ryan, Richmond Foster, Frisco Lone Star and Alvin Shadow Creek. Lufkin is No. 7.

Texas Football has JT winning District 7-5A Division I for the second straight year and advancing to the Region II final before falling to Highland Park for the second consecutive year.


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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