District 5-5A play only started last week, but after this weekend there will only be two weeks left in the season. That’s what happens when you’re in a six-team district, which makes magnifies each week’s game.
This week matches Lewisville, an improved but young squad, and Ryan. Let’s delve into Friday night’s matchup between the two schools.
Lewisville (3-4, 1-1) at Ryan (5-1, 1-1), C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, 7:30 p.m.
Series Record: Lewisville leads 3-1
What happened last year: Last year’s game turned out to be a really interesting contest that saw Lewisville almost pull off a big upset.
During halftime, the coaching staff wondered who the backup quarterback was in case quarterback Mitchell Bridges got hurt. Turns out, that was a pretty necessary question.
Bridges got hurt in the first half. So did backup quarterback Xavier Gray. Add third-string quarterback Preston Compton’s illness, and you have a serious quarterback situation.
Fearlessly, fourth-string quarterback Kevin Ray (who actually was one of the team’s wide receivers and hadn’t played quarterback in a really long time). Ryan went on to win against the hapless Fighting Farmers, 28-24.
What to expect this year: Ryan senior defensive end Nolan Robinson will be out with a knee injury. Senior defensive back Ronnie Coleman will also be out with a shoulder injury. Lewisville will be missing starting guard Brandon Lyons.
Lewisville gave Flower Mound Marcus in a 13-6 loss. Lewisville’s only district win was a narrow victory over Flower Mound. Head coach Gregg Miller said this year’s seniors were freshmen the last time the Farmers won a district game, which is saying something.
Regarding this game, Miller said, “We’d really have to play our very best game to keep up with those guys and beat them.”
Now, when coaches usually say that, they mean, “The chances of us winning are fairly slim.”
But if Ryan loses this game, the Raiders could easily miss the playoffs, but they wouldn’t be eliminated.
Lewisville’s improved tremendously since last year’s meeting, but I don’t think the Raiders should have any trouble tomorrow night.
Big plays were the reason Ryan lost to Hebron last week, its first loss this season. Miller said he has capable running backs in Carl McGhee and Metrick Butler, but the Lewisville backfield lacks explosiveness.
“We’ll get six, eight yards,” Miller said. “But we’re not going to break away and go get one [a touchdown]. That’s really hurt us a lot this year, not having a guy that can break away and take off and change a game.”
If Lewisville finds a way to pull off the upset, it’ll severely damage Ryan’s playoff chances, which is what makes tomorrow night’s game an intriguing matchup.
Ryan player to watch: RB Tyrone Williams
Lewisville player to watch: QB Matt McDougal