Halftime thoughts: Rockwall 14, Ryan 10

The first half of the football season is over and Ryan is the team trailing after two quarters here at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Rockwall leads Ryan 14-10 in the season opener for both schools. Rockwall scored 14 straight points in the first half before the Raiders salvaged three points at the end of the half on a 38-yard field goal by J.D. Delarosa.

Ryan’s depended on the legs of senior running back Maurice Gordon. Gordon has already carried the ball 16 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. He has 115 yards of Ryan’s 138 total offensive yards.

Gordon put Ryan ahead early on a 3-yard touchdown run, and Rockwall quickly countered.

Rockwall quarterback Will Reed hit Jay Galloway for a 42-yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds left in the first quarter, tying the game at seven.

Then in the second quarter, Reed launched a long pass down the left side of the field to senior wide receiver Xavier Castille. Castille was well behind the Ryan secondary and he strolled into the end zone for a 70-yard touchdown reception.

So that’s where we stand.

Ryan hasn’t made freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders throw the ball too much so far. He’s completed four of six passes for 30 yards. He lost a fumble trying to pick a few extra yards, but he was bailed out when Rockwall missed a field goal.

That play and an errant incomplete pass that could have resulted in a touchdown are some things you expect out of a kid making his first high school start.

But it’s far too early for Ryan to start fretting. The Raiders will receive the ball to start the second half.

Follow me on Twitter at @Ben_Baby for updates, and I’ll have the play-by-play right here.

 

The hours leading up to the debut of the Henigan Era

Dave Henigan will make his Ryan head coaching debut tonight against Rockwall. Henigan, who was previously at Corsicana and Grapevine, replaces Joey Florence, who was Ryan's head coach for the last 14 seasons. (Denton Record-Chronicle/Al Key)

Dave Henigan’s never been one for superstition, but there’s one thing he does the morning of a football game.

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What you need to know: Rockwall

 

Rockwall senior wide receiver Xavier Castille leads the Yellowjackets against Ryan on Friday in the season opener for both schools. (Mark M. Hancock/Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning news)

After days of practices, two weeks of scrimmages and months of waiting, the regular season is almost here.

Since it’s the night before a Ryan football game, it’s only fitting that we continue last year’s tradition with the WYNTK blog about the Raiders’ opponent.

Here’s what you need to know about Rockwall.

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Argyle RB Nick Ralston one step closer to joining Arizona State

Argyle senior running back Nick Ralston showed on Wednesday night that he wasn’t playing around when he said he wanted to play football at Arizona State.

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DRC releases its football preview section on Thursday

The Record-Chronicle releases its annual football preview section tomorrow. Clockwise, from front: Ryan running back Maurice Gordon, Denton defensive end Dailon Holmes, Guyer defensive tackle Carl Thompson, North Texas offensive lineman Cyril Lemon. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

In less than 24 hours, the essential guide to Denton area football will be on your lawn, in a newsstand or tucked away at your favorite gas station.

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Ryan head coach Dave Henigan on freshman QB Spencer Sanders (VIDEO)

Last week, Ryan head coach Dave Henigan announced that freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders will be the team’s starting quarterback in this Friday’s season-opener against Rockwall.

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Ryan starting safety, reserve quarterback transfer out of school

A potential defensive starter and a back-up quarterback will not be with Ryan when the Raiders open the season against Rockwall.

Junior safety Shemar Coleman and junior quarterback Austin Carter have transferred from the program, multiple sources at Ryan confirmed.

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Argyle’s Todd Rodgers talks Cleburne scrimmage, season opener (VIDEO)

We’re almost there.

In 10 days, most schools across the state will open the football season. But until then, there still is one more glorified practice left for teams to prepare for their respective season openers.

Argyle scrimmaged Ferris last week and has a final scrimmage against Cleburne this Friday. Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers talks about both of those practices and touches on the season opener against Abilene Wylie.

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Catching up with former Ryan assistant, North Crowley head coach Eugene Rogers

Former Ryan assistant coach Eugene Rogers returned to Ryan last Friday for the team's scrimmage against North Crowley. Rogers is entering his second year as North Crowley's head coach. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Three years passed since the last time Eugene Rogers was on Ryan’s practice field. Before last Friday’s scrimmage, Rogers had never returned to Ryan, where he was an assistant for four years.

Rogers was back last Friday, but it wasn’t to cheer on his old employers. He was in a black, long sleeve T-shirt, instructing the North Crowley Panthers in their scrimmage against the Raiders.

The former Ryan defensive ends coach is tasked with turning around a program that went 3-7 before in 2012 and failed to win a single game in his first season as the Panthers’ head coach.

Rogers said he hopes to take some of the things he learned at Ryan and implement them at North Crowley.

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Ryan’s Dave Henigan thoughts on scrimmage against North Crowley (VIDEO)

Ryan’s coaching staff got a glimpse of what they might see in the regular season on Friday night.

The Raiders scrimmaged North Crowley at home as the two teams continued the preparation for their respective season openers. Ryan head coach Dave Henigan had a few things to say about the scrimmage. I’ll let him take it from here.

 

Ryan-North Crowley Scrimmage from Ben Baby on Vimeo.