Today’s scrimmage between Ryan and Fort Worth Southwest means we’re getting closer to when the games actually count in the record books. It also means we get a chance to get a glimpse of what the Raiders could resemble when they face Corsicana on Aug. 30 in the season-opener.
I wrote about what happened today and it’ll be in tomorrow’s paper, so look out for that if you feel inclined to do so. But until then, here’s some quick thoughts on what went down at Ryan today.
Now, nobody really won the scrimmage today. But if you’re going to get technical about it, Southwest outscored Ryan 10-7 in a 12-minute quarter at the end of the scrimmage.
The whole purpose of today was for coaches to evaluate their teams and for fans and players to whet their desire for the season to actually begin.
Southwest quarterback Devin Williams, who looked fairly sharp against Ryan’s young secondary, had some kind things (and some inaccuracies) to say on Twitter.
Just won our first scrimmage 10-7. Ain't gone lie Denton Ryan prolly the best team we gonna face
— Devin Williams (@Dwill1_Era) August 17, 2013
Now, Southwest is in the same district as Aledo in 7-4A, so I don’t know if Ryan will be the best team Williams and Co. will face this season.
Where Ryan looked really good today was on the ground. Junior Maurice Gordon sprinted down the left sidelines and scored a 70-yard TD. Senior Tyrone Williams busted through the middle and reeled off a 50-yard touchdown run as well.
Paul Hunter, who’s projected to be the team’s starting free safety, also saw a couple carries back there.
Coming into this season, Ryan’s secondary and offensive line will both be looked at closely as the two units are relatively young. Ryan head coach Joey Florence said he was pleased with the way his line blocked on Saturday. However, the secondary had momentarily lapses early in the scrimmage.
Williams burned the Ryan secondary with a 70-yard TD pass over the top and threw another TD on the same possession on 4th and 3 on the Ryan 18-yard line. However, Ryan’s defense contained Southwest toward the end of the scrimmage.
Things started slowly for Ryan but the Raiders picked things up toward the end of the scrimmage. We’ll see if that trend carries into next week’s scrimmage against Grapevine.