Trailing Ryan 18-9 after the first quarter, the Denton Broncos clawed back to tie Tuesday’s game at 59 with less than 90 seconds remaining.
On Thursday night, before Ryan and Guyer had even taken the field at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders received bad news when they were eliminated from postseason contention. Friday night was no better for Ryan thanks to a dominant display by the Wildcats, who cruised to a 52-7 win against their crosstown foe.
When Guyer and Ryan renew their crosstown rivalry tonight, one team will look to wrap up a dominating run in District 5-6A before turning its attention to the postseason. The other will play for nothing more than pride.
Ryan needs just about everything to go its way this week to make the playoffs for a 15th straight year, beginning tonight when the Raiders will watch for the outcome of a game that could end their postseason hopes before they even take the field Friday against Guyer.
If Ryan expects to challenge for a playoff spot out of District 5-6A, it undoubtedly must avoid the turnovers that have plagued the team all season.
Just as Ryan seemed to have fixed its turnover woes, they came back to haunt the team in what could be a costly loss in the District 5-6A playoff race.
KELLER — Ryan’s Alan Rojas continues to one-up himself. A week after forcing two fourth-quarter turnovers in a key win for the Raiders, Rojas intercepted Keller Fossil Ridge quarterback Bryce Baccarini and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown with 38 seconds left.
Ryan coach Dave Henigan was a spectator at Apogee Stadium for last year’s Class 5A Division II Region I semifinal between Ryan and Keller Fossil Ridge, when the Raiders clawed back from a 31-point hole to stun the Panthers.
KELLER — Late in Thursday’s game against Keller Timber Creek, Ryan defensive back Alan Rojas was praying for one more chance at a big play to seal a win for his team. Earlier in the night, Rojas’ muffed punt halted an otherwise strong start for Ryan while breathing new life into the Falcons’ offense.
Ryan defensive tackle Ken McLaurin didn’t waste time moving on after last week’s win against Trophy Club Nelson. McLaurin, a junior whose seven tackles — three behind the line of scrimmage — and two sacks highlighted a dominating night for the Raiders’ defense in a 17-13 District 5-6A win, said he didn’t get overly excited about turning in arguably his best performance of the season. And likely, not much will change if he does it again.
Justin Northwest may be ahead of Ryan in the District 5-6A standings, but it isn’t by much. For the second time this season, though, Ryan could not outlast the Lady Texans, who dropped the opening set but rallied for a 21-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-18 win at Billy Ryan Gym. Northwest (15-19, 3-5 district) had previously rallied to win a five-set thriller over Ryan in the district opener on Sept. 12.
Ryan will try to avoid an 0-2 start in District 5-6A tonight, something that hasn’t happened to the program in 17 years but often spells doom for a team’s playoff chances. The Raiders (2-2, 0-1 in district) have made the postseason in each of the last 14 seasons but are coming off a 37-29 district-opening loss to Keller Central where they turned the ball over five times. Yet everyone seems unfazed as they are ready to host Trophy Club Nelson at 7 p.m. at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
KELLER — It is possible to make a few mistakes against a quality football team and hobble home with a victory. But when those errors add up, they become crippling. Ryan couldn’t overcome a slew of turnovers and penalties and lost to Keller Central 37-29 on Friday night at Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
There was something missing in last week’s Ryan football practices. The crispness and intensity in midweek drills were absent during a week where Ryan and the rest of the teams in District 5-6A were resting. As soon as this week’s practices started, worries about any extended sluggishness disappeared.
By the time Ryan got acclimated to the speed of Tuesday night’s District 5-6A match, Keller Fossil Ridge was a few points away from sweeping the Lady Raiders for its first district win.
The last time Ryan and Guyer played each other, Addie Mack was seated on the Ryan bench. Mack was an assistant coach for the Lady Raiders for eight seasons before she got her chance to become a coach at the school across town. Aside from the rekindling of the Guyer-Ryan rivalry, the upcoming District 5-6A contest is extra special for the Guyer coach.
The drought is over. Ryan defeated Keller Timber Creek 25-21, 25-16, 25-21 on Tuesday at Billy Ryan Gym on a night full of firsts for the Lady Raiders. Ryan’s first District 5-6A win snapped a 23-game...
The legs Ryan were depending on Thursday night were off the field in the first half. Ryan senior running back Maurice Gordon, Ryan’s main source of offense for the first two games of the season, left the game and never stepped back onto the field.
The Ryan Lady Raiders made a strong opening statement against the Justin Northwest Lady Texans in the District 5-6A opener for both teams before losing in five sets, 25-21, 13-25, 25-18, 15-25, 13-15.
Ryan coach Cindy Williams and the players on Ryan’s volleyball team feel the same way about this season. The feeling around the team coming into District 5-6A is something the players and coach haven’t felt in the last two years. Even after Tuesday night’s loss to Decatur, the defending champions in the state’s third biggest classification, Williams saw a sense of urgency that had been absent for a long time.
Ryan sophomore linebacker Tyreke Davis was still on the practice field while the majority of his teammates filed into the football field house after Monday afternoon’s practice. Davis was still finishing up extra drills, serving his punishment for turning in his grade sheet a day late. “It doesn’t feel good,” Davis said as he was still trying to catch his breath.
CARROLLTON — It looked like Ryan had its first win of the season all but wrapped up on Friday night. But Hebron made sure Ryan didn’t get to fully exhale and exult until the final snap of the ballgame. Ryan thwarted Hebron’s last-minute rally to pick up 27-21 victory at Hawk Stadium. It was Ryan’s first win of the season and the first victory under Ryan coach Dave Henigan.
J.D. DeLaRosa had a fairly simple task before Ryan’s season opener, and it did not go well. The Ryan junior was supposed to punt the ball to the middle of the field at the end of pregame warm-ups and then the entire team would run to the ball before heading into the locker room to get ready for the game.
Ryan knew what it needed to accomplish if it wanted to pick up a win against Rockwall on Friday night. For most of the contest at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders contained Rockwall’s high-powered offense. But three big plays — all of which ended in points for Rockwall — stifled hopes of a glorious debut for many of Ryan’s players and coaches.
Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talks about freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders, who will make his first varsity start this Friday in the season-opener against Rockwall.
GAINESVILLE — The Ryan Lady Raiders claimed third place in this weekend’s NCTC Invitational on Saturday after winning two of three matches on the day.Ryan (9-5) defeated Whitesboro 19-25, 25-12, 25-18...
The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.
Anticipation of the start of football season starts at different times for different people. For some, it’s when the calendar flips from July to August. Others get the itch around the end of spring practice, while others were ready for the season when the last one ended.
Patrick Cobbs was looking to further a football career that includes a record-setting tenure at North Texas and five years in the NFL.