Jada Catlin scored 13 points, Lauren Cowling added 11 and Denton used a 13-0 run in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to steal a come-from-behind win over the Lady Raiders.
ARLINGTON — Sometimes, you have to give a team the credit it deserves. It’s no secret Ryan has had its doubters this season. Fueled by a battered defense that forced four second-half turnovers, Ryan’s offense rallied from a five-point hole in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns in the final 8:50 — both from sophomore quarterback Spencer Sanders — to steal a 43-35 win in a wild finish at AT&T Stadium.
As Ryan gets set for its second-round playoff showdown tonight against South Grand Prairie, Raider coach Dave Henigan said his team is playing at an exceptionally high level and has just as much momentum as its opponent.
Ryan surrendered more points and yards on Friday than it had in any game this season, but with its offense moving the chains at will and Plano East consistently shooting itself in the foot, it was hardly a cause for concern. Spencer Sanders threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, Tyreke Davis added two more scores on 144 rushing yards and the Raiders’ defense stiffened when it needed to on its way to forcing two crucial turnovers in a 56-33 win in a Class 6A Division I Region I bi-district game at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
Elizabeth Tilton said she was a little nervous as she drove to Louisiana on Tuesday night. She received a Division I offer to play soccer at Louisiana-Monroe only a day earlier, and whether or not she accepted depended on how her first visit to the campus went.
Ryan coach Dave Henigan said he has enjoyed each of his team’s wins this season, but never was his smile as big as it was when his players hoisted him on their shoulders during Friday’s postgame speech. On a night where the unbeaten Raiders still were viewed in many eyes as underdogs, Henigan’s crew — specifically quarterback Spencer Sanders and the offense — engineered a masterful 31-28 win against rival Guyer to claim the District 5-6A title while making a powerful statement heading into the Class 6A Division I playoffs.
In the history of the Guyer-Ryan football rivalry, there have been blowouts, surprises and postseason instant classics.
The stage is now set for a District 5-6A title clash next week between Ryan and Guyer. Unbeaten Ryan held up its end of the bargain in a big way Thursday, rolling up a 33-point halftime lead despite losing one of its key two-way players to an ejection early in an eventual 40-23 win against Justin Northwest at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
The District 5-6A playoff race was a convoluted mess last year and once again is starting to get cluttered. But as parity continues to suck more teams in, Ryan managed to stay unscathed Friday with another pivotal win. The Raiders overcame a late four-point deficit, two costly turnovers and a staggering 173 yards in penalties to rally for a 24-21 win against Keller Fossil Ridge at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
With four district games left, the target on Ryan’s back has grown bigger and wider.
On Tuesday night, in the latest edition of a crosstown rivalry between Guyer and Ryan, the Lady Raiders gave first-year head coach Nicholas Gay small glimmers of hope early in each set.
Ryan coach Dave Henigan has been telling his team for the past few weeks that adversity was on its way. But as dominant as the Raiders had been playing, he began to think they didn’t believe him. Perhaps they do now. Ryan lacked its typical explosiveness on offense for a second straight week, and its defense struggled to contain Keller Timber Creek for most of the night before escaping with a 21-14 win Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex to remain perfect in District 5-6A.
JUSTIN — It’s the midway point of the regular season, and Ryan’s defense is getting stingier by the week. Ryan held Trophy Club Nelson’s high-octane offense to 183 yards while forcing two turnovers and stuffing 14 plays for negative yardage in a 20-3 District 5-6A win Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium. Ryan has allowed 62 points in its first five games, and only 9 over the past two weeks.
Dakota Laws says the day will come when he’s not getting scolded by his coaches at Abilene Christian. It may not be tomorrow or this season, but Laws, who is starting for ACU as a true freshman, knows it will happen.
Tuesday’s loss to Keller was by no means a death knell for Ryan’s playoff chances. But saying it didn’t make things more difficult nearing the midway point of the District 5-6A schedule would be an understatement.
They can’t all be easy. That’s what they say, anyway. But heading into the second quarter of Friday’s District 5-6A opener, Ryan had rattled off three touchdowns on nine offensive plays — its best start thus far in a season already filled with lopsided victories. The Raiders finished with 438 total yards and cruised to a 51-6 win against Keller Central at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
Skating its way through two sets and forcing the Ryan Lady Raiders to play its game, Guyer had nearly everything going its way Friday. Midway through the third set, Guyer fell behind, prompting coach Addie Mack to call a timeout to refocus the Lady Wildcats.
Tyrus Johnson, who burst on to the local basketball scene as a freshman last year at Ryan, is no longer a student at the school after transferring for undisclosed reasons last month.
After three straight seasons of no playoffs, the good news is Ryan has the look and feel of a contender as it readies for Friday’s District 5-6A opener against Justin Northwest. The bad news is the Lady Raiders won’t be heading in with as much momentum.
When Nicholas Gay accepted the volleyball head coaching vacancy at Ryan in April, he knew a date against two-time defending state champion Decatur already was on the schedule.
For a second straight week, Ryan’s offense started slow and the team found itself in a tight game early on. But once again, that didn’t last long. The result was another lopsided win. Sophomore wide receiver Gabriel Douglas hauled in a 48-yard Hail Mary pass with no time left in the first half as part of a 35-point scoring spree by Ryan, which also created four turnovers in a 41-19 win against Hebron on Thursday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
CORINTH — It’s hard for any coach to feel completely satisfied with how their team is performing, especially early in the season. There is always something to be improved upon — even in the smallest of circumstances — and that is the case with Ryan.
HOUSTON (AP) — Former Ryan standout Austin Jackson is on the move again. The playoff-hopeful Chicago Cubs bolstered their outfield on Monday, when they acquired Jackson from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named and an international draft slot.
LITTLE ELM — Ryan’s match at Little Elm on Monday turned out to be a stereotypical season opener.
Another volleyball season is set to get underway today when Ryan travels to Little Elm to open the season in new Ryan head coach Nicholas Gay’s first game as the Lady Raiders’ head coach.On Tuesday, most...
Ryan coach Dave Henigan said Monday’s first fall workout will set the tone for everything the Raiders do going forward. It starts with the coaching staff, which is happy to see a longer-than-usual offseason come to a close, and it’s expected to carry over to the players, who can officially put the struggles of last year behind them.
Matt Fischer knows his job as a middle school coach for Denton ISD, a hotbed for Texas football talent, has always been more about teaching the basics and maximizing participation than winning games.