COPPELL — It’s halftime here at Buddy Echols Field, and this year’s game between Ryan and Coppell has mirrored last year’s contest.
Coppell leads Ryan 14-3 on two touchdowns by senior Gavin McDaniel.
Coppell was successful running on the edge of the line of scrimmage and struck early. After McDaniel ripped a 61-yard run, Coppell scored first when the running back strolled in from 7-yards out to put the Cowboys ahead 7-0.
Ryan couldn’t pick up a first down on the next drive and the Raiders punted the ball back to Coppell.
Then, Coppell quarterback Skylar Bonneau hit a wide, wide open McDaniel for a 54-yard TD pass, giving the Cowboys a 14-0 lead.
Gavin’s older brother, Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel, chimed in on his younger brother’s performance.
— Cam McDaniel (@cammcdaniel33) November 2, 2013
McDaniel has 144 total yards to lead the Cowboys.
Ryan’s only points of the first half came on a 25-yard field goal by Marc Orozco. Orozco’s second field goal attempt of the half was blocked by Coppell’s Solomon Thomas, who’s ranked as the No.3 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com.
Now, one of the most contested plays of the first half occurred midway through the second quarter on a third-and-15 at the Coppell 15-yard line.
Ryan seemingly recovered a fumble and was in the process of sending its offense onto the field when the referees gathered in the middle of the field.
After a few seconds, the referees called a 15-yard facemask penalty, a call the Ryan sideline was clearly not happy with.
At the time Ryan was trailing 14-3 and with that fumble recovery, Ryan was in good position to at least score three more points.
The refs have been bad here. I thought Marcus recovered a fumble at the end of the first half but Ryan quarterback Mitchell Bridges was ruled down.
Ryan’s still in the contest, but it’s offense is going to need to find something that works in the second half.