David Warren

David Warren II (top, center), a former standout John Tyler High School (Class of 1997), is honored with induction into the Tyler ISD Athletics Hall of Fame prior to the Rose City Rivalry game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, on Earl Campbell Field at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. Warren has been named to the 2020 Class for the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.

David Warren, a three-time all-state football player for John Tyler High School and a PARADE All-American, has been named to the 2020 Class of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame announced.

Warren, who helped JT to the 1994 Class 5A Division II state championship, will be joined in the 2020 Class by nine other honorees including Edgewood-born and current University of Arkansas coach Chad Morris.

Morris is receiving the Eddie Joseph Coach Category. Morris coached at Eustace, Elysian Fields, Stephenville, Bay City and Lake Travis before moving into the collegiate ranks.

The ceremony is scheduled for May 2, 2020 at Baylor University’s Ferrell Center in Waco.

Warren represents the 1990s of high school football.

Other inductees include:

1950s & Before — Charley Taylor, Grand Prairie Dalworth High School;

1960s — Chuck Dicus, Garland High School;

1970s — Eric Dickerson, Sealy High School;

1980s — Tyrone Thurman, Midland Lee High School;

2000s — Danny Amendola, The Woodlands High School;

Eddie Joseph Coach Category — Dan Hooks, West Orange Stark High School;

Dave Campbell Contributor to the Game — Joe Martin, Texas High School Coaches Association.

Warren was first-team all-district and All-East Texas all four years while playing defensive end for the Lions. Warren was all-state his sophomore, junior and senior seasons as well as Texas Sports Writers Association Defensive Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996.

During his time with JT, he blocked 19 kicks. He was USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time Associated Press Player of the Year. Warren was rated the No. 2 prospect in the state and signed with Florida State University. While a Seminole, he helped his team win the 1999 national championship by defeating Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. He played professionally for the Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders and the BC Lions.

Former JT coach Allen Wilson said of Warren, “He’s the best player I’ve been around.”

Tickets go on sale in January 2020. Please contact Tiffany Wilkins at txhs.footballhof@gmail.com or 210-290-8570 by April 26 to purchase tickets. Adult tickets are $50, students are $15.

DISTRICT 7-5A DIVISION I UPDATE

McKinney North, John Tyler and Mesquite Poteet have claimed three of the four playoff berths from District 7-5A Division I football.

Week 10 scenarios are: West Mesquite clinches a playoff spot with a win and a Texarkana Texas High loss. Sherman is eliminated with a loss. Texarkana Texas is eliminated with a loss. With only one spot is up for grabs, West Mesquite, the current holder of the fourth spot, plays the two teams chasing it the next two weeks (Friday vs. Sherman, Nov. 8 at Texas High). If the Wranglers lose to either, they’ll lose the tiebreaker in head-to-head.

Wylie East has been eliminated. Thus, West Mesquite, Texas High and Sherman are fighting for the final spot.

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

Last week’s results in 7-5A Division I: McKinney North 36, John Tyler 28; West Mesquite 31, Mesquite Poteet 17; Sherman 42, Wylie East 14; Texas High had a bye.

This week’s games on Friday have Mesquite Poteet (4-4, 3-1) at John Tyler (3-5, 3-1); Sherman (4-4, 1-3) vs. West Mesquite (2-6, 2-2) at E.H. Hanby Stadium, Mesquite; and Texas High (4-4, 1-3) at Wylie East (2-7, 0-5). Kickoffs are set for 7 p.m. McKinney North (8-1, 5-0) has a bye.

According to Dave Campbell’s TexasFootball.com in conjunction with Jerry Forrest at PigskinPrep.com, the district computer rankings by TexasFootball.com include: 19, McKinney North; 29, John Tyler; 41, Mesquite Poteet; 46, West Mesquite; 53, Texas High; 58, Sherman; and 100, Wylie East.

OFFENSE

McKinney North, despite being held under its average last week against JT, the Bulldogs still top the league in offense by averaging 593.0 yards per game. They are followed by Poteet (399.1), Texas High (371.5), John Tyler (350.0), West Mesquite (332.6), Sherman (323.9) and Wylie East (245.4).

In the scoring department, McKinney North leads at 54.3 points per game. The Bulldogs are followed by Mesquite Poteet (32.4), West Mesquite (27.1), Texas High (25.6), Sherman (24.1), JT (20.6) and Wylie East (18.7).

In rushing, McKinney North’s Manny Fincher (6-0, 200, Sr.) tops the district with 1,454 yards and 18 TDs on 205carries. Senior Tracy Cooper of Texas High is next with 1,177 yards and nine touchdowns on 181 attempts. Rounding out the top five are Poteet senior and Oklahoma commit Seth McGowan (82-874, 10 TDs), Sherman senior Mike Brown (138-798, 7 TDs) and JT’s Kitan Crawford, a Texas commit, with 780 yards and seven TDs on 83 carries.

In the passing department, McKinney North senior Dillon Markiewicz (6-5, 230, Sr.) has thrown for 3,050 yards and 34 touchdowns with three interceptions. He has a 72% completion rate as he has connected on 164 of 226 passing attempts.

Following Markiewicz are West Mesquite sophomore Kevin Jennings (124-207, 1,586 yards, 15 TDs, 6 INTs), Sherman junior Tate Bethel (112-192, 1,380 yards, 11 TDs, 3 INTs), Wylie East junior Cade Adamson (114-228, 1,278 yards, 9 TDs, 6 INTs) and John Tyler junior Cameron Ford (67-149, 968 yards, 5 TDs, 5 INTs).

McKinney North junior JJ Henry (5-11, 170, Jr.), despite just two catches against John Tyler last week, still leads in receiving with 55 receptions for 1,077 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is followed by West Mesquite senior Ty Jordan, who is a Texas commit, with 44 catches for 464 yards and four TDs. Other top receivers include: McKinney North’s 6-3, 180 senior Noah Ford (39-634, 9 TDs), Wylie East senior Xavier Smith (36-487, 4 TDs), Poteet senior Tristan Golightly (35-536, 9 TDs) and Sherman junior Benji Omayebu (35-409, 4 TDs).

DEFENSE

Sherman takes over the lead defensive points allowed at 25.0 points per game. Following the Bearcats are Texas High (25.3), by Poteet (26.6), JT (27.6), McKinney North (38.0), West Mesquite (41.1) and Wylie East (43.6).

In yardage, Texas High leads by allowing 294.0 yards per game. The Tigers are followed by Sherman (327.5), West Mesquite (333.8), Poteet (341.8), JT (353.1), Wylie East (456.0) and McKinney North (474.1).

John Tyler is No. 1 in interceptions with 10 while McKinney North has seven and Sherman has six. Texas High and Wylie East is tops in fumble recoveries (8), while JT and Poteet each have seven. Crawford and teammate Travion Ates lead the league with three interceptions each, along with Texas High’s Caleb Arnold and Sherman’s Aaron Ingram.

JT’s Isaiah Johnson has two picks, along with Sherman’s Gage Smith, West Mesquite’s Jay Wynn and McKinney North’s RJ Bendert and Charles Grogan.

PUNTING/KICKING

Texas High junior Rian Cellers is back atop the punting (35.8), followed by Sherman freshman Gerald Clark (34.6) and JT senior Miguel Munoz (34.3).

McKinney North’s Tyler Huettel has booted seven field goals, followed by JT senior Victor Leon with six. Huettel has kicked 56 PATs. Second is Jose Nandin of Sherman with 28.

JV/FRESHMEN

JV results: John Tyler 3, McKinney North 0; Mesquite Poteet 20, West Mesquite 0; Wylie East 14, Sherman 13.

Sophomore results: Addison Trinity Christian 7, Mesquite Poteet 0.

Frosh A results: John Tyler 33, McKinney North 13; West Mesquite 27, Mesquite Poteet 6.

Frosh B results: Mesquite Poteet 20, West Mesquite 14.

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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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