CARROLLTON — Ryan was inches away from tying the game right before halftime.
After a huge fourth-and-1 conversion at the Hebron 11-yard line, Ryan quarterback Mitchell Bridges found Xavier Gray. Gray looked as close as you can get to the goal line but then fumbled the ball along the sideline. Gray was fighting to reach the goal line and the ball came loose. Hebron recovered, and a penalty negated a huge return by Hebron safety Jamal Adams.
So, it’s Hebron 10, Ryan 3 at halftime. What an ending to the first half.
Ryan head coach Joey Florence wanted a touchdown there on the last drive of the half, which was evident by the fourth-down gamble. Ryan gets the ball to start the second half, so it’ll be interesting to see how they respond to the turn of events.
Hebron running back Treyvon Hughes has been a handful for the Raiders. Hughes has carried the ball 17 times for 88 yards. He’s a strong kid and he’s been tough to take down so far.
Conversely, Ryan’s struggled on the ground. Tyrone Williams has six carries for 20 yards. He’s struggled the last two weeks and that’s seemed to carry over this week.
Ryan has struggled at the absolute worst moments. That pretty much sums up what’s happened in the first half.
There was Gray’s fumble. Ryan had a 1st-and-Goal at the Hebron 2-yard line which was ruined by a snap over the head of Mitchell Bridges. There was a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Paul Hunter on 3rd and 10. There was a converted third-and-17 by Hebron.
Ryan gets the ball to start the second half and has plenty of time to turn things around. If you’re a Ryan fan, a 7-point deficit for the Raiders is one of the positives to take from the first half.
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