Defense, Cujo Spirit Credited For Big JT Win

Welcome back Cujo.  John Tyler football turned back the clock Friday night with a big season opening win over Texas High.  The Lions overcame a 10-0 halftime deficit to beat the second-ranked team in 4A  20-16.  New JT head coach Thomas Brooks had a big smile on his face Monday at practice, pleased with how his players responded.  He credited the defense with stepping up and keeping the Lions in the game until the offense could get going.  He also seemed a little in awe with how the crowd responded.

"We challenged the kids and they challenged each other," said Brooks.  "They just came out and responded, and got the crowd behind them, and the band, cheerleaders, everybody just started getting behind them.  I don't know, I've never been in anything like that before in my life.  I've been coaching for 23 years.  Everybody just got into it.  We just turned the thing around."

"We just had the heart," said senior linebacker Jonathan Arceneaux.  "It went down to the last few seconds and we knew we could pull it out.  We just gave it all we had."

The Lions are back in action Saturday night at 7:30 when they travel to Port Arthur Memorial.

Kevin Berns reporting.