Defense led the way in John Tyler's 30-12 season-opening win over Plano last Friday night, and one man in particular got the ball rolling.

John Tyler junior defensive back Bryston Gipson is the Queen Defensive Player of the Week after he returned two Plano turnovers for a touchdowns, helping the Lions secure their first win of the 2014 season.

Gipson (6-0, 180) picked off Plano quarterback Quinn Waterbury early in the third quarter, and raced 50 yards for a touchdown to break a scoreless tie. Then, with John Tyler holding a 23-12 lead late in the fourth, Gipson scooped up a loose ball and went 20 yards for another touchdown to seal the victory.

John Tyler's offense, which was held to just 90 first-half yards, scored two touchdowns in between Gipson's defensive scores. The Lions' DB got the scoring started, and put an exclamation point on the impressive second-half performance.

“He’s building off 2013, the last game — our playoff loss,” Holmes said of Gipson following Friday night's win. “That was the best game he had all year, and we lost. I told him going into the offseason ‘you’ve got to build on that, you’ve got to get better each week and each day.’ And that’s what he’s been doing. He had a great offseason; he ran track, went to the regional track meet, got stronger, got bigger. So he understands what he needs to do.”

Gipson's heroics highlighted what was a tremendous showing for the John Tyler defense. Plano totaled just nine yards and one first down before halftime, and aside from a 75-yard touchdown run and another 75-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter, was limited to just 56 yards while committed four turnovers.

John Tyler's season resumes Friday night at Longview. Queen Defensive Players of the Week

  • Week 1 (Aug. 28-30) -- Bryston Gipson, DB, John Tyler