Ryan football: UPDATED playoff scenarios

With Keller Central’s win over Trophy Club Nelson last night, Ryan’s playoff scenarios have changed from what I posted earlier in the week. What you will see below is way more than what I could include in today’s advance story, so I’m putting them here instead.

I’ve checked these through coach Dave Henigan as well — and I might have made his head hurt like mine already does trying to figure this all out. :) Enjoy!

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What you need to know: Justin Northwest

Maurice Gordon slips past a Keller defender last week at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/the Record-Chronicle)

I spent most of last weekend looking at the wealth of playoff scenarios that exist in order for Ryan to make the playoffs for a 15th-straight season. I went over those in a separate blog post on Monday, but it all starts with a Raider win over Justin Northwest.

Northwest is a hard nut to crack. While the Texans are not very good on defense (my opinion), they boast one of the best — if not the best — passing attacks in District 5-6A (mostly everyone’s opinion). Their record (4-4, 2-3) suggests they should be easy prey for the Raiders, but we all know this district is full of surprises. Throw in Ryan’s unfortunate turnover woes and a few injuries at key spots, and you have an interesting contest with plenty of playoff implications.

Below are some tidbits to mull over heading into Friday’s game. I’ll, of course, have an advance story in Friday’s paper — where I will dive deeper into the match up. Oh, and don’t forget to leave early with hefty traffic looming. Here are some alternate directions.

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What you need to know: Keller Timber Creek

Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor (10) runs for yardage in a game earlier this season against Keller. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

All that separates Guyer from its first district championship at the state’s largest classification is a new program riding a five-game losing streak after starting the season 3-0 before hitting the District 5-6A schedule. The Wildcats are still a bit shorthanded defensively, but will have plenty of firepower in Thursday night’s game against the Falcons as they look to continue to build toward being playoff ready with the postseason just two weeks away.

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Ryan vs Justin Northwest — ALTERNATE DIRECTIONS

Those of you heading out to see Ryan against Justin Northwest on Friday night at Northwest ISD Stadium might want to check out the alternate directions below. The race this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway is projected to bring in some hefty traffic, which means if you were planning to take the typical route of I-35W to Hwy 114, you’ll be lucky to make it to the game by the fourth quarter.

Courtesy of Ryan coach Dave Henigan, here are some alternate directions. Enjoy!

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Ryan football: Playoff Scenarios for Week 9

Ryan sophomore defensive end Earnest Brown (99) and junior defensive tackle Ken McLaurin (5) leap onto Keller junior running back Tyler Tutt (3). (David Minton/DRC)

Let’s start off this week with some positivity, shall we? I’m sure a lot of you Ryan fans are worried about the team’s playoff chances following Friday’s crushing 35-14 loss to Keller. I know exactly where you are coming from, but I’m here to tell you all is not lost.

Don’t quote me on these, but this is what I’ve been able to figure out so far for this coming week ONLY. It looks like Ryan has a chance to clinch a playoff spot this week assuming all the stars align.

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Guyer drops out of top 10, Argyle still holding steady

Argyle senior running back Nick Ralston carries the ball against Carrollton Ranchview earlier this season. The Eagles remained steady at No. 2 in the Associated Press' Class 4A state poll. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

After a few weeks holding steady at No. 10 in the Associated Press Class 6A poll, it appears voters have had enough of Guyer, as the Wildcats were dropped to the dreaded “others receiving votes” category, or basically 11th in the state.

Meanwhile, Argyle held steady at No. 2 in Class 4A, where the Eagles have been since their nondistrict showdown with Graham, which ended in an Argyle win. The Eagles have now won 24 straight games and will most likely have yet another undefeated regular season. Pretty impressive stuff.

Want to know where your team stacks up? Follow the jump. Oh, and Pilot Point isn’t yet in the Class 3A poll, but they’re getting some more love this week after improving to 8-0.

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Weekend recap: Fast starts aren’t always the way to go

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson threw for nearly 300 yards and rushed for more than 200 after a slow start to beat Trophy Club Nelson on Friday night. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

Guyer got off to another slow start, and ended up rolling. Denton got off to a great start, and ended up tanking. Note to self: Just start average, and everything will work itself out.

Steve Gamel and I take a look at some of the top area games over the weekend in our weekly recap. Enjoy. It’s good for the soul.

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Guyer front seven majorly shorthanded

r senior defensive lineman Carl Thompson (2) grabs Allen junior running back David Feliciano (7), in a game earlier this season. Thompson, along with fellow defensive starters Michael Carrillo and Tevan McAdams, will miss Friday's game against Trophy Club Nelson. (David Minton/DRC)

When Guyer takes the field against Trophy Club Nelson tonight, the Wildcats will be preparing for a heavy dose of senior running back Courtney Miles, the district’s top rusher in just about every category — carries, yards, touchdowns, just to name a few.

The Wildcats have plenty of firepower to combat Miles up front, but they’ll be missing some key cogs to their top-notch run defense as they’ll be without three starters: defensive tackle Carl Thompson, linebacker Michael Carrillo and defensive end Tevan McAdams.

Thompson, a Kansas pledge, along with Carrillo are the heart and soul of the Guyer defense and huge parts of of the Wildcats’ run defense. Thompson has drawn double-teams all season and has still managed to wreak havoc in opposing backfields. He is out indefinitely, though not for the rest of the season, with an undisclosed injury suffered in practice this week.

Carrillo is being held out of the game due to a minor hamstring issue, and Guyer head coach John Walsh said he’d play if the game was of more importance. McAdams, a speed rusher off the edge, who has forced a couple of big turnovers this year, is suspended for the game for violating team policy. He’ll return next week against Keller Timber Creek.

McAdams has a more-than-capable replacement at end in Cameron Wax, who has played plenty this season and made his presence felt. Stepping in for Carrillo will be Dale Hodge, a player Guyer coaches have been pretty big on for quite some time. P.J. Brousard and Tim Burley will fill the void left by Thompson, which might be the biggest void of them all due his tendency to draw constant double-teams.

What you need to know: TC Nelson

 

Guyer receiver Brandon Daniel moves the chains against Keller Central. (Maegan Puetz/For the Record-Chronicle)

Guyer looks to continue its domination of District 5-6A and remain unbeaten against a Nelson team that has had some hard luck this season. In fact, of the Bobcats’ five losses this year, all but one have been by less than a touchdown. The Bobcats have the district’s top rusher in Courtney Miles, a hard, straight-ahead runner capable of carrying an offense.

Game: Guyer (6-1, 4-0) vs. Trophy Club Nelson (2-5, 1-3), 7 p.m., Northwest ISD Stadium

Series record: Guyer has won the teams’ two previous meetings as foes in the old District 5-4A. To the Bobcats’ credit, they were able to give Guyer two of its better district games of its Class 4A tenure.

What happened last week: Guyer got off to a slow start and actually trailed Keller Central after one quarter before sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson kicked the Wildcats’ offense into high gear and scored five touchdowns in six possessions to build a comfortable lead as Guyer won its sixth straight game.

Nelson hasn’t lost a game, but one, this year by more than a touchdown, and Friday’s lost to their rival Justin Northwest was no different. Once again, running back Courtney Miles had a big game but it wasn’t enough to prevent another district loss.

What to expect: A lot of Courtney Miles, who enters this game with a ridiculous 183 carries through seven games. The Bobcats will try their hardest to get Miles going, but that can be problematic against Guyer’s rushing defense. The Guyer offense is hitting on all cylinders right now — whether it’s on the ground or through the air and that will be the difference against a game, yet eventually overmatched Nelson defense that is strong up front.

Guyer player to watch: LB Dharrius Timmons

TC Nelson player to watch: RB Courtney Miles

 

What you need to know: Keller

Ryan running back Tyreke Davis muscles through a clothesline in last week's game against Keller Fossil Ridge. (David Minton/DRC)

Ryan takes its three-game win streak into a huge District 5-6A game against Keller at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. How huge? Well, considering both teams are riding three-game win streaks and share identical records, a win on Friday will give one of them sole possession of second place. I’m guessing the Raiders want to be that team.

Keller won’t be an easy out. Coach Dave Henigan told me he’s been very impressed with the Indians while watching film. Their offensive line is not only huge, but it’s anchored by Maea Teuhema. Teuhema is an LSU commit and is the No. 4 rated offensive tackle in the nation according to 247Sports.com. His play has opened up a lot of things for Keller offensively. On defense, Keller is adept at pulling off a turnover or two.

Below is a breakdown of what you need to know. For more information, check out my game advance in tomorrow’s paper. The story is also a feature of sorts on free safety Alan Rojas. Rojas has been forcing turnovers like crazy and has been a big-play machine in the fourth quarter.

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