After a week of working on the fundamentals and watching other teams play, Ryan steps back onto the field to face McKinney on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Ryan finally plays a home game at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex after a three-game road trip to start the season, and it also happens to be homecoming for the Raiders.
Let’s take a look at the team standing in the way of Ryan’s fourth straight win.
McKinney (3-1) at Ryan (3-0), 7:30 p.m., C.H. Collins Athletic Complex
Series Record: Ryan leads 3-0
What happened last year: Last year was a really, really weird game. Both teams combined for nine turnovers, but luckily for Ryan, McKinney committed six of those. Ryan was outgained by almost 200 yards and McKinney wide receiver/running back Jonathan Shannon outgained Ryan 388 to 323. But Ryan escaped with a 35-28 victory. Preston Compton filled in for Mitchell Bridges and went 4 of 16 passing for 57 yards and two interceptions.
Ryan running back Tyrone Williams led Ryan with 24 carries for 191 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Raiders to their second win of the season.
What to look forward to this year: If Ryan wins on Friday, it’ll be head coach Joey Florence’s 199th career win. In Ryan’s six seasons in 5A, the Raiders have only started the season 4-0 on one occasion (2004).
McKinney comes into Friday night’s game on a three-game winning streak. But, it’d be wise to take that with a pound of salt. Those wins came against Frisco Heritage, Irving Nimitz and North Garland , teams who haven’t been historically successful.
The Lions’ big player is senior wide receiver T.V. Williams. Williams committed to Kentucky back in July, according to Rivals.
Ryan will be playing their first Class 5A team this year and it’s the Raiders’ final nondistrict game before they enter another bye week and then the District 5-5A opener against Flower Mound Marcus.
Through three games in 2012, Ryan was 1-2 and Florence agreed they were probably lucky to get out of McKinney with a win. Florence said his team will need to limit big plays in order to beat the Lions.
“McKinney’s a very good offense football team,” Florence said. “They’ll be as good as we’ve seen to this point.”
With that being said, I still don’t think Ryan’s going to have a problem this week. If everything goes right, it’ll be career win No. 199 for Florence and the Raiders will have their first 4-0 start since 2011.
Key players for McKinney: WR T.V. Williams, QB Brian Sutter, RB Antonio Oliver
Key players for Ryan: RB Tyrone Williams, RB Maurice Gordon, DB Tre Rivera, QB Mitchell Bridges