As the 2017-2018 school year approaches, The Brook Hill School will play the part of host for two major sporting events honoring veterans and their service and sacrifice, as the school prepares for the third annual Tyler Ford/Brook Hill American Warrior weekend.
Announced the late May, the Brook Hill Guard varsity football team will make their season debut at 2017 Tyler Ford/Brook Hill American Warrior Bowl football game, to be held Saturday, Sept. 2, Brook Hill’s Young Field at Herrington Stadium.
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.
Selected to face the Guard on the gridiron for the team’s first contest of the new campaign will be the Royal Imperial Collegiate School of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, allowing the game to take on an international football atmosphere.
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 their Canadian counterparts and kick off the American Warrior Bowl weekend Texas style.
The two teams, along with Brook Hill’s Varsity Cheer Squad and the Brook Hill Cadet drill team, will also participate in a joint service project at The East Texas Food Bank, as the teams and organizations will join in packing hundreds of meals for those in need around the East Texas area.
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.
Also planned for the weekend by the Brook Hill athletic department is the Brook Hill American Warrior Run, slated for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, on the grounds of The Brook Hill School.
According to schedules for both teams, the Bullard and Brook Hill cross country teams will be in attendance at the event, as well as several cross country teams from around the East Texas area.
Brook Hill athletic director Wally Dawkins said the 2017 Tyler Ford/Brook Hill American Warrior weekend events will be the subject of a press conference to be held later this month.