Ryan coach Brian Beddow is waiting for the floodgates to open and the goals to start pouring out. Until then, a tight — and long overdue — win will do.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — In an overcrowded room of eager coaches and school district officials, Ryan coach Dave Henigan positioned himself in front of a large projection screen.
Ryan has played without at least two of its starters in every game this season, yet continued to get solid play from the rest of its lineup and hadn’t lost heading into Friday’s District 5-6A game against Trophy Club Nelson.
With 46 seconds left in Tuesday’s District 5-6A game against Justin Northwest, Ryan faced a two-point deficit and appeared to have breathed some life into its offense. But it was too little, too late on a night when the Raiders could not buy a bucket.
Time will tell where this season goes for Ryan, but after several down years, it appears the Lady Raiders have turned a long-awaited corner as they find themselves with a perfect record in District 5-6A.
ARLINGTON — On short rest and against a three-time defending state champion sporting the state’s longest active win streak, Ryan seemingly had every card in the deck stacked against it entering Saturday’s game against Allen.
It was a tough night all around for Ryan on Tuesday. Not only could the Raiders not get their own shots to fall, but they watched as former district foe Flower Mound consistently lit up the scoreboard.
AMARILLO — Perhaps the one statistic that hasn’t been emphasized enough during Ryan’s impressive playoff run — and really the bulk of this season — has been its ability to protect the football.Rarely have...
Denton and Amarillo school district officials have agreed to move today’s Class 6A Division 1 regional round game between Ryan and Amarillo Tascosa to 3 p.m. Monday after a winter storm has most of West Texas and the Panhandle covered with ice and snow.
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.