Site, opponent for Ryan’s first round playoff game to be decided this week

Flower Mound’s upset of Flower Mound Marcus last week gave Ryan its 14th straight playoff berth.

Now, all that’s left to be decided is who and where the Raiders will open the postseason.

The Raiders will play the winner of Friday’s game between Colleyville Heritage and Hurst Bell. Both teams are 5-1 in District 6-5A play, with their only respective losses coming against Euless Trinity.

Denton ISD athletic director Ken Purcell said a coin flip this week will determine the site for both potential outcomes.

Ryan will play its 5A Division II bi-district game at either C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, Pennington Field (Bell) or Mustang-Panther Stadium (Heritage). If Ryan wins the coin flips, the Raiders will play a playoff game at home for the first time since 2010.

Ryan is locked into the 5A Division II bracket as the bottom seed from District 5-5A. Hebron’s win over the Raiders gives the Hawks the top seed in the DII bracket.

If Ryan wins against either Bell or Heritage, Ryan will play its area playoff game at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. A potential time for the game will also be determined this week, Purcell said.

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