The Brook Hill School’s athletic department announced through an email by athletic director Wally Dawkins that a press conference for the Tyler Ford/Brook Hill American Warrior Bowl is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, inside the Founders Suite of the Kyle Lake Athletic Center.
This year’s chapter of the Tyler Ford/Brook Hill American Warrior Bowl will feature an international flavor, as the Brook Hill Guard will play host the Royal Imperial Collegiate High School of Ottawa, Canada on the gridiron 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2.
In the email, Dawkins announced that the event will begin with the FLIK Foods “Welcome to Texas” American Warrior Bowl Banquet Friday, Sept. 1, at the Brook Hill Lower School. Members of both teams will be introduced and presented with commemorative American Warrior Bowl “dog tags” and chains. Royal Collegiate team members will also receive authentic Texas Cowboy Hats, courtesy of Cavenders. The guest speaker for the event is slated to be State Representative Bryan Hughes.
To begin the day on Saturday, Brook Hill’s athletic department will host several cross country teams from around the East Texas region at the second annual American Warrior Cross Country Run at 9 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the football teams from Brook Hill and Royal Collegiate will jointly participate in a service project at the East Texas Food Bank, packing and boxing up needed food supplies.
Prior to the contest, Brook Hill’s “Ryled Up” Tailgate Party will be held in the Kyle Lake Athletic Center Parking lot from 5:00-7:00 PM featuring food, fun, and entertainment.
During the halftime intermission of the contest, the entertainment will be the Texas College Marching Band.
At the press conference Friday, Dawkins, as well as Royal Collegiate Head Coach Joseph Hagins and Brook Hill Head Coach Scott Ryle, will be on hand to address the media and answer questions.
The event will begin with a media luncheon from Ribmasters at 2:30 p.m., with the conference following.
In the 2016 season, the Brook Hill Guard was victorious in the 2016 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.
The Guard fell short of claiming the victory in the inaugural Tyler Ford/Brook Hill American Warrior Bowl contest against the St. Bernard's Catholic Crusaders from Eureka, Calif., 43-40, due to a costly late fourth quarter penalty.
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.