McKINNEY — Ryan avoided a dreaded three-game losing streak in a football game that was as ugly as it was entertaining.
In the Raiders’ first road game and final nondistrict game, the two teams produced a thrilling second half, with the Raiders coming out with a 35-28 victory over the Lions on Friday night at Ron Poe Stadium.
For the fourth straight game, Ryan (2-2) found itself in an enthralling battle in the fourth quarter. Tyrone Williams rushed for 191 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns. His last touchdown with 4 minutes, 28 seconds left in the game proved to be the difference.
Williams took the handoff down the left side of the field, lowered his body and wrangled loose from a tackle and strolled into the end zone.
“Those are four of the [most fun] games I’ve coached in a long time,” Ryan head Joey Florence said. “Those four games have been unbelievably fun.”
McKinney running back/cornerback Jonathan Shannon gained 368 yards of total offense — though fumbling twice — scored all four of McKinney’s touchdowns and had an interception on defense. Ryan’s entire team gained 323 yards.
“He’s a great athlete, and he did what he had to do to keep his team in the game,” Williams said.
McKinney committed six of the game’s nine turnovers, yet the Lions (4-1) found themselves with a chance to tie the game late in the contest.
The Lions had the ball on Ryan’s 46-yard line with less than two minutes left, but McKinney couldn’t convert the 14 yards it needed on third and fourth downs.
Ryan’s win is sandwiched between two bye weeks as the Raiders are off next week before their district opener against Flower Mound Marcus on Oct. 12.
Junior quarterback Mitchell Bridges, who has missed the last three games with a fractured fibula, is expected to be back next week.
In his absence, Preston Compton started and completed 4 of 16 passes for 57 yards and two interceptions. McKinney quarterback Robert Somborn went 15 of 28 for 285 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.
Williams’ rushing attack, which was stifled in the first half, carried Ryan’s offense in the second half.
“I just came to do what I had to do to provide the team with the [win],” Williams said.
After an ugly first half that saw a slew of turnovers and punts, McKinney led 13-6. Ryan, which trailed Corsicana 22-3 before coming back for its first win of the season, made enough plays in the second half to pull off the victory.
Florence credited his coaching staff for tweaking things at halftime, but he primarily rested the praise on the shoulders of this team.
“They made some great adjustments, but I give the kids the credit,” Florence said. “There ain’t no quit in them. They didn’t panic. We’ve been down.”
Reynal Caldwell had two interceptions for Ryan, and B.J. Floyd returned a 63-yard interception for a touchdown in the third quarter, setting up the game’s frantic fourth-quarter finish.
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Ryan 35, McKinney 28
R — Tyrone Williams 2 run (kick failed), 1:27
M — Jonathan Shannon 66 pass from Robert Somborn (Matt Roberts kick), 11:09
M — Shannon 18 pass from Somborn (kick failed), 8:45
R — Williams 41 run (Jonathan Jackson pass from Marc Orozco),
R — B.J. Floyd 63-yard interception return (Orozco kick)
M — Shannon 1 run (Shannon run), 11:38
R — Xavier Gray 1 run (Orozco kick), 8:40
M — Shannon 16 pass from Somborn (Roberts kick), 6:17
R — Williams 46 run (Orozco kick), 4:28
Rushing — R: Preston Compton 6-21, Tyrone Williams 24-191, Xavier Gray 16-49, A.J. Anderson 1-5, Reynal Caldwell 2-9, Team 1-(-9). M: Jonathan Shannon 31-195, Xavious Taylor 1-6, Matt Reynolds 1-18, Robert Somborn 2-(-) 5, Connor Fuentes 1-8.
Passing — R: Preston Compton 4-16-2 57. M: Robert Somborn 15-28-4 285.
Receiving — R: Xavier Gray 2-19, Kevin Ray 1-8, Trent Willis 1-30; M: Jonathan Shannon 7-193, T.V. Williams 2-11, Connor Fuentes 5-88, Matt Roberts 1-13.