Ah, we’re almost there.
It’s Week 10, and Ryan’s already headed to the playoffs, regardless of what happens against Flower Mound on Friday night.
Ryan isn’t resting just yet. The Raiders will look to avoid back-to-back losses when it hosts the Jaguars in the final game of the regular season.
Like I said, we’re almost there. Here’s what you need to know about Flower Mound.
Flower Mound (2-7, 1-3) at Ryan (6-2, 2-2), 7:30 p.m, C.H. Collins Athletic Complex
Series Record: Ryan leads 1-0
What happened last year: It’s hard to believe that Ryan never played Flower Mound before last season, considering how close the schools are to each other. Either way, last year’s meeting was far more significant than Friday night’s matchup.
Ryan carried an identical district record into the 2012 game, and needed a win or a loss of less than a certain amount of points to reach the postseason. Flower Mound’s final Hail Mary heave fell short and Ryan earned the 24-17 victory against the Jaguars. Tyrone Williams rushed for 114 yards in the win.
What to expect this year: Ryan’s got its playoff berth wrapped up, but Ryan doesn’t want to lose two straight games going into the postseason.
Ryan’s offense failed to score a touchdown against the district’s best defense. Ryan head Joey Florence said it’s something his team needs to do, especially when it gets inside the 20-yard line.
If there’s any week for Ryan to get its offense going, it’s this week.
Flower Mound also a district-high 39.2 points per game. Ryan’s shown the ability to rack up points, but the only 5-5A game where the Raiders have looked good offensively was in a 33-0 shutout of Lewisville.
I’m sure everybody will be watching the Hurst Bell-Colleyville Heritage game to see who Ryan will be playing in the first round. Friday’s game really is all about the aesthetics for Ryan. The Raiders won’t play a meaningful game until the postseason begins.
Flower Mound player to watch: QB Connor Wanhanen
Ryan player to watch: QB Mitchell Bridges