TYLER - For the 13th year, SPORTyler held the kick-off luncheon to officially open the high school football season.

This event gives coaches and players from around East Texas a chance to visit with one another before they actually meet on the field.

This year, the guest speaker was Dale Hansen, the sports anchor at our sister station in Dallas. He talked about his love for high school football and how it still remains one of the most exciting things for him to watch.

Hansen says, "The emotional impact of a Friday night win is still to this day about as good as my life gets." He added, "There's just nothing better than small town high school football."

As part of the kick-off luncheon, the Earl Campbell Award watch list was unveiled. Only 2 East Texas players made the list this year...Baylor's Denzel Mims (from Daingerfield) and Georgia Tech's Parker Braun (from Hallsville)

Click HERE to see the entire 2018 Earl Campbell Award watch list.