Isaiah Johnson

Isaiah Johnson will be a key player for John Tyler. Johnson can play quarterback and defensive back.

(Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

John Tyler football coach Ricklan Holmes may have already cued up the Lions’ playlist for practice, but you couldn’t go wrong with The Black Eyes Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started.”

That’s what JT, along with other schools around Texas that conducted spring drills, will do come Monday. Actually, besides the teams that will have Midnight Practice, the Lions may be the earliest of starters with a 5 a.m. workout.

When the sun peeks over the horizon, the Lions’ varsity and junior varsity will have been practicing about an hour-and-a-half. Practice is scheduled to conclude around 8 a.m.

“We’re excited to get started,” Holmes, who enters his eighth year in charge of the Pride of Lions, said. “I’m happy the way the guys have stayed in shape during the summer.

“The coaching staff has been working for a week (with freshmen) and we’re ready for the big boys to get here this week. The first week of practice went well.”

Holmes had a message for his team: “Eat, sleep and hydrate this weekend.”

The Lions, who were 10-3 last season, have a scrimmage scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, against Dallas Jesuit at North Forney High School in Forney. The scrimmage is set to start at 7:15 p.m.

JT will open the regular season on Friday, Aug. 30, against Mesquite Horn on Earl Campbell Field at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

LIONS TALES: The District 7-5A Division I committee voted 3-3 on July 31 to declare Jermone Bowser Jr. ineligible because Whitehouse High School, where Bowser played last year, stated on the transfer form that the senior transferred for athletic purposes. JT coach Holmes and Tyler ISD athletic director Greg Priest said JT will appeal to the UIL Executive Committee, which will meet on Aug. 20 in Austin. Both Holmes and Priest are hopeful of Bowser being declared eligible. Bowser plays both wide receiver and defensive back. ... Bowser’s father, Jermone Bowser Sr., is an assistant coach on the Lions’ staff. ... Incoming JT freshman cornerback/wide receiver Montrell Wade (6-1, 178) has already picked up a Power Five offer from Les Miles’ Kansas Jayhawks. ... Also, JT senior offensive lineman Angel Sarmiento received his first offer on Friday from Texas College. ... JT running back/defensive back Kitan Crawford committed to Texas over the summer, picking the Longhorns over Tennessee and Oklahoma, among others.

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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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