Buckle up: Ryan travels to AT&T Stadium in Arlington tomorrow to take on Colleyville Heritage in a Class 5A Division I Region I final. Heritage is on a roll and has already matched the longest playoff run in school history. Meanwhile, Ryan has been to the state quarterfinals lots of times, including just last year.
What will happen? I’m not sure, but this has all the makings of a great game to determine who moves on to the state semifinals.
A longer game advance will be in tomorrow’s Denton Record-Chronicle. In the meantime, here are some things you need to know:
The Game: No. 4 Ryan (13-0) vs Colleyville Heritage (10-3), Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Series Record: Colleyville Heritage leads the all-time series 4-3. This is the first meeting between the two programs since 2013.
What happened last week: Ryan beat Lubbock Monterey, 38-21. Colleyville Heritage beat Lubbock Coronado, 43-34.
What to expect: A great game. Ryan and Heritage have explosive playmakers on offense, and are loaded on defense. That combination is an obvious reason why they are both here in this round. Heritage quarterback Cam Roane can make every throw and is not afraid to get everyone involved in the passing game. He will need to in order to have a chance at keeping Ryan’s suffocating defense guessing. Meanwhile, Ryan QB Spencer Sanders is dangerous in the run game and through the air with 54 total touchdowns. He’s had help in the run game this postseason from Tyreke Davis, a starting linebacker who also plays running back. Davis is a key to making Ryan’s offense go, and he’s a guy the Raiders did not have in this same round last year due to injury.
Final say: Jerry World will be rockin’ for this one, and for good reason. I can totally see this one coming down to who can make the most plays and least mistakes in the fourth quarter. With that said, I have to say that team will be Ryan. At 13-0, the Raiders haven’t given anyone a reason to doubt them.
Prediction: Ryan 40, Colleyville Heritage 24.