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With an eye on next week’s regular-season opener, the John Tyler Lions football team will scrimmage the Dallas Jesuit Rangers on Friday at North Forney High School in Forney.

The freshmen and JV squads are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., with the Lions and Rangers varsity teams playing about 7:15 p.m.

JT Coach Ricklan Holmes said they do not game-plan for scrimmages.

After the scrimmage, JT will focus on Mesquite Horn. That game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

{p class=”Bodytext”}The Rangers will open the regular season the same night, playing Arlington High at UT Arlington’s Maverick Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

{p class=”Bodytext”}JT defeated Jesuit 69-21 in the area round of the 2016 playoffs.

The Lions will then face crosstown rival Robert E. Lee on Saturday, Sept. 7, followed by a nationally televised clash with East Texas rival Longview on Thursday, Sept. 12 (ESPN2).

Holmes said the short week between the Lee and Lobo games does not concern him since it is non-district. If it was a district game, he would have a different view.

1994 STATE

CHAMPIONS

The John Tyler 1994 Class 5A Division II state football championship team will be honored on Friday, Oct. 11 at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium, Holmes said.

The Lions will face West Mesquite that night with kickoff set for 7.

Members of the 1994 team should contact the Tyler ISD Athletic Office (903-262-3080) to reserve two complimentary tickets and to confirm attendance.

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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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