The 12th Annual Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital Tyler Football Classic gets the high school season under way on Thursday.

The three-day football festival, scheduled for Bishop Gorman’s McCallum Stadium, begins on Thursday with Grace Community taking on Waxahachie Life. Friday’s contest has Garrison meeting host Gorman, while Saturday’s finale pits All Saints vs. Dallas A+ Academy.

All three games have 7 p.m. kickoffs.

Rod Kaspar, Gorman athletic director, said fans should come early and dine at famous “Grill on the Hill” and enjoy a weekend of football.

The Classic is hosted by the Tyler-area private schools and each school rotates as host every two years.

All Saints Episcopal, Bishop Gorman Regional Catholic School and Grace Community organized the Classic.

“We are excited to be in our 12th year of sponsoring the Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital Tyler Football Classic,” Dr. Kim Foreman, orthopedic and sports medicine specialist, said. “It is a fun event and a great way for players, coaches, families and fans to kick off the season.”

Kaspar added a blessing at the chapel will be made at 5:15 p.m. before each game for the teams.

Two of three Tyler schools have new head coaches -- Randy McFarlin at Gorman and Norm Thompson at Grace. All Saints coach Drew Starnes is in his second year at the helm of the Trojans.

NOTES: Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. No district passes may be used. … McCallum Stadium is on the Bishop Gorman campus, 1405 ESE Loop 323. … Dallas A+ is new to the event this season. Last year, Harmony defeated All Saints 37-19. Other scores were: Garrison 28, Bishop Gorman 27; and Grace 46, Waxahachie Life 0.



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