Some coach is about to win some game for some big career milestone, but since I think that’s been referenced in a couple of places, we won’t get into that here.
Instead we’ll talk about what that coach says is one of the most important games of the season – the District 5-5A opener for Ryan against Flower Mound Marcus. Every win’s a big win in a six-team district (I’ve been talking with Florence way too much).
Here’s what you need to know about the Marauders.
Ryan (4-0) at Flower Mound Marcus (1-4), 7:30 p.m., Marauder Stadium
Series Record: Marcus leads Ryan 3-1
What’s happened in the past: Prior to last season’s 18-6 victory by Ryan, this series hasn’t even been close. Marcus played Ryan in the first three seasons of the program and completely dominated the Raiders. Marcus outscored Ryan 143-22 in those three questions.
What to look forward to this year: “Marcus is known for their physicality, and they’re tough. I’m not concerned with it. I respect it and know we have to match it,” Florence said earlier this week.
Considering how poor Marcus’ offense has been and how good Ryan’s defense has been, it’ll be up to Marcus to stop Ryan’s offense.
Marcus only posted 181 yards and scored three points against Plano last week. Quarterback Cole Erwin suffered a season-ending knee injury for the second straight season and Taylor Gibbs has taken over and thrown three touchdowns and five interceptions.
It’s been a trying year for Marcus and head coach Bryan Erwin, who’s seen his son suffer a cruel injury for a second straight season.
Maybe the Marauders catch Ryan looking ahead to a big game against Hebron next week and hand the Raiders their first loss of the season. Maybe Ryan’s a little rusty from having only played one game in the last three weeks.
Or, maybe Florence picks up win No. 200 so we can stop talking about it and move on with our lives and Ryan remains undefeated. The latter outcome seems like the most probable one.