With the dawning of a new football season for the the Brook Hill Guard on the horizon, predictions from several annual sports publications have begun to arrive.
However, no other publication’s thoughts on the upcoming season are higher in the minds of many who follow Texas high school football than the annual Dave Campbell’s Texas Football predictions.
According to DCTF, the Guard is expected to compete well in the 2017 season, collecting a “middle of the pack” finish in TAPPS Division II’s District 2, as the magazine predicts a fourth place finish for the team.
Ahead of the Guard in district play in the DCTF Prediction Poll are first place Dallas Christian Chargers, second place Tyler Grace Community Cougars, and third place Tyler Bishop T.K. Gorman Crusaders.
DCTF believes that the Guard will be able to finish ahead of three of its district opponents, including fifth place Cedar Hill Trinity Christian Tigers, sixth place Carrollton Prince of Peace Eagles, and seventh place Tyler All Saints Episcopal Trojans.
Guard varsity football head coach Scott Ryle will return for his second year at the helm as the Guard’s field general. In the 2016 season, Ryle led the team to a 6-5 overall record, 2-4 in district play, and the recognition as Bi-District finalist.
The 2016 season for the Brook Hill Guard came to an end in the Area round of the playoffs, as the team fell short against the Midland Christian Mustangs, 82-31.
DCTF shines a light on several key players for the Guard for next season, including quarterback Hood Taylor (6-0, 195 pounds), offensive and defensive lineman Andrew Brooks (5-10, 215 pounds), running back Jeremiah McGowen (5-11, 205 pounds), tight end and linebacker Campbell Fletcher (5-11, 185 pounds), defensive lineman Jake Ballenger (5-10, 245 pounds), wide receiver and linebacker Carson Ezell (5-10, 230 pounds), wide receiver Garrett Davis (6-0, 170 pounds), and wide receiver and defensive back Seth Moss.
“QB Taylor (1,376 passing, 9 TDs) gives brook Hill an athletic playmaker behind center, and RB McGowen (860 rushing, 11 TDs) moves the chains,” said the publication, in its analysis of the Guard for the 2017 season. “OL/DL Brooks (8 sacks) is a two-way standout. TE/LB/P Fletcher (75 tackles) and WR/LB Ezell (60 tackles) pace the defense.”
According to DCTF, the Guard will bring back a total of six starters on the offense, as well as six starters on defense in the 2017 campaign.
The Brook Hill Guard will begin the 2017 campaign at home, as the team plays the part of host against the Royal Imperial Collegiate School of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada., in the third annual Tyler Ford-Brook Hill American Warriors Bowl, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Brook Hill’s Herrington Stadium.
As a part of the festivities of the 2017 Tyler Ford/Brook Hill American Warrior Bowl, Brook Hill will host a “Welcome to Texas” Bar-B-Q on Friday, Sept. 1, to welcome Royal Collegiate and kick off the American Warrior Bowl weekend.
The two teams will also participate in a joint service project at The East Texas Food Bank, as the two football teams will join Brook Hill’s Varsity Cheer Squad and the Cadet Drill Team in packing hundreds of meals for those in need in East Texas.
This year’s American Warrior Bowl will pay tribute to the veterans of both Gulf Wars as well as those who men and women who have served in Afghanistan.
In the 2016 season, the Brook Hill Guard was victorious in the 2016-2017 Tyler Ford/Brook Hill American Warrior Bowl, collecting a 48-27 victory over the Saint John Paul Eagles (Boca Raton, Fla.), the first win in the Guard’s Scott Ryle head coaching era.
According to Brook Hill athletic director Wally Dawkins, Brook Hill will also bring back the Tyler Ford/Brook Hill American Warrior Cross Country Run, tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2.
A press conference to kick off the 2017 Tyler Ford/Brook Hill American Warrior Bowl will be held in August.