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Football: Raiders romp Braswell to remain perfect

Ryan coach Dave Henigan paid Braswell another compliment following Friday's game, saying again it's only a matter of time before the Bengals are one of the top teams in the area.

For the time being, the moniker of top team belongs to Ryan.

Fueled by a 27-point second quarter, Ryan, No. 1 in the Dallas Morning News Class 5A area rankings and No. 3 in the state, pulled several of its starters before halftime and still rolled up 429 yards — 247 on the ground — in a 47-14 win at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. 

Ryan (6-0, 2-0 District 5-5A) built a 41-0 lead by halftime. Braswell, which is in its second varsity season, was held to 47 yards in that stretch and is now 0-15 dating to last season.

"Braswell played hard," Henigan said. "I know it's not easy for those kids right now, but I've said it before, it's only a matter of time. I thought our kids did what they needed to do."

Box score: Ryan vs Braswell

Ryan's offensive stats were spread all over the place as it used seven ball carriers and seven receivers to pick Braswell apart. Quarterback Spencer Sanders and wide receivers Gabriel Douglas and Tauskie Dove did not play in the second half, though Sanders still threw for 154 yards and three touchdowns while adding a rushing score. 

Dove caught four passes for 109 yards. Douglas opened the game with a 21-yard score.

Emani Bailey carried the ball 15 times for 104 yards. With Sanders out of the game, backup Ian Henigan found Dove for a 25-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left in the first half.

"We played the No. 3 team in the state. They are really good and well-coached," Braswell coach Cody Moore said. "I told the guys at halftime, we've got five district games left, let's go get better. And I feel like we did that. We are a startup program, but these kids just don't quit."

Braswell (0-5, 0-1) finished strong but didn't do itself any favors early on. Already in a 21-0 hole early in the second quarter, sophomore quarterback Greyson Thompson's pass was intercepted by Tamar Butts, who returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. 

On Ryan's next possession, Mitchell Lesue intercepted Sanders to kill a drive deep in Braswell territory, but the Bengals turned the ball over on a fumble one play later. 

Ryan needed four plays to get into the end zone as Sanders found Dove from 13 yards out. That score gave the Raiders a 34-0 lead.

Braswell finished with 179 yards. Thompson was 14-of-26 for 120 yards and a touchdown. Jhari Grose carried the ball 10 times for 59 yards, all in the second half, and scored Braswell's second touchdown with 40 seconds left in the game.

Braswell missed a field goal opportunity in the first half, and after scoring a touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Thompson to Kenechi Nworjih midway through the third, got the ball right back. But the drive ended with no points. 

"It was good to get everyone involved," Henigan said. "We had a couple of mistakes there in the second half, but overall we played hard. The goal is to be balanced, and we were."

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.

 Ryan 47, Braswell 14

Denton Braswell 0 0 7 7 -- 14
Denton Ryan 14 27 6 0 -- 47

DR -- Gabriel Douglas 21 pass from Spencer Sanders (Luis Cantu kick)

DR -- Spencer Sanders 6 run (Luis Cantu kick)

DR -- Jay Wilson 11 pass from Spencer Sanders (Luis Cantu kick)

DR -- Tamar Butts 30 interception return (Luis Cantu kick)

DR -- Chritauskie Dove 13 pass from Spencer Sanders (kick blocked)

DR -- Chritauskie Dove 25 pass from Ian Henigan (Luis Cantu kick)

DB -- Kenechi Nworjih 20 pass from Greyson Thompson (Arturo Ramirez kick)

DR -- Jose Gaona Jr. 3 run (kick blocked)

DB -- Jhari Grose 13 run (Arturo Ramirez kick)

Team Stats DB DR
First Downs 13 22
Rushing Yards 32-59 37-247
Passing Yards 120 182
Passing 14-26-1 13-21-1
Punts-Avg 5-33.20 2-26.50
Penalties 2-10 3-15
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0


Rushing -- DB: Jhari Grose 10-59, Jeremiah Richardson 9-3, Ivry Mundy 1-2, Ki'Andre Jackson 8--1, Greyson Thompson 4--4, DR: Emani Bailey 15-104, Jose Gaona Jr. 11-57, Spencer Sanders 2-34, Tra Smith 4-27, Billy Bowman Jr. 3-19, Brendon Bishop 1-4, Ian Henigan 1-2.

Passing -- DB: Greyson Thompson 14-26-1-120, DR: Spencer Sanders 10-16-1-154, Ian Henigan 2-3-0-28, Hunter Wright 1-2-0-0.

Receiving -- DB: Sully Martinez 1-29, Kenechi Nworjih 2-28, Keagan Gottlieb-Smith 3-20, Ivry Mundy 3-19, Jaeden Johnson 3-11, Christian Battle 1-7, Ki'Andre Jackson 1-6, DR: Chritauskie Dove 4-109, Jamarion Robertson 2-46, Gabriel Douglas 1-21, Jay Wilson 2-14, Dujuan Harris 1-0, Billy Bowman Jr. 2--2, Tra Smith 1--6.