John Tyler Opens Spring Football Practice

Exactly four months to the day Texas saw it's last high school football game, the sport is back. John Tyler opened spring football practice today. Head coach Thomas Brooks and his players seemed to have an extra hop in their step.

"It was hard after the loss to Garland in the playoff game," Brooks said, "but we did things that we had to do to get better and we went in the weight room, we've been running, but it's nothing like being out on the field. This is our favorite time of year."

Brooks and his second year Lions will attempt to build on last seasons 8-3 team, which made the playoffs for the first time since 2000. Standout running back Kendall Hunter returns at full strength, following last year's season-ending ankle injury. Derrell Allen seems up to the challenge of replacing Kerry Maddox at quarterback. Allen was the Lions starting quarterback in 2004 as a sophomore. Coach Brooks knows his Lions will now face new challenges.

"Now there's no surprises," said Brooks. "You can't surprise anybody anymore. That's where we're at now. So, we have to do a great job maintaining. The first year was great and everything and getting it going, but we want to do better and keep moving. Those seniors did a lot for us to get us where we're at right now, but we want to, now, build on that."

John Tyler is scheduled to player their "Blue-White" game Tuesday, May 16 at 6pm at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Lee and Longview are set to open spring drills next Monday.

Kevin Berns reporting.