Ian Sadler’s name all over updated Argyle record books (GIF)

Now we already knew this, but it’s worth mentioning again: Ian Sadler is one bad dude (“bad” means “good,” here).

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Former Ryan standout J.T. Williams no longer at Southern Miss

Recent Ryan graduate J.T. Williams, seen here signing with Southern Miss in February, is no longer with the team. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Former Ryan standout J.T. Williams is no longer at Southern Miss.

Williams and the university confirmed the defensive tackle’s departure from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. A spokesperson for the Southern Miss athletic department said Williams left the team voluntarily and did not violate team rules.

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Ryan-ex Bud Sasser named Missouri captain

Missouri senior wide receiver and Ryan alum Bud Sasser, seen here at last year's Cotton Bowl media day, was named one of Missouri's team captains this season. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

 

The Missouri football team lacked a captain heading into the season. Well, it looks like the Tigers chose a Ryan grad with skins on the wall.

The Southeastern Conference squad selected redshirt senior receiver Bud Sasser to be one of its captains this fall, per Sasser’s Twitter account. But don’t take my word for it.

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Krum, Sanger celebrate start of season with Midnight Madness (VIDEO)

While some schools opted to start the first day of football practice at a conventional hour, Krum and Sanger didn’t waste any time to get the season underway.

Krum and Sanger started practice at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, and I talked to Krum head coach Gary Robinson and Sanger head coach Chuck Galbreath about the early-morning drills. Here’s what they had to say.

 

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Ryan’s Austin Jackson gets traded from Detroit to Seattle, leaves field mid-inning to a standing ovation

The MLB trade deadline has passed, and Ryan grad Austin Jackson was one of the ones one the move.

Jackson was shipped from the Detroit Tigers to the Seattle Mariners as a pawn in a three-team trade that sent Tampa Bays Rays pitcher David Price to Detroit right before the 3 p.m. CST deadline. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal first reported the trade.

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Texas offers Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson, seen here at Guyer's spring game, was offered by Texas this afternoon. (David Minton/Denotn Record-Chronicle)

Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson didn’t need to start a game at his new school to earn an offer from one of the biggest programs in the country.

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Argyle, Sanger well-represented on the TSWA Class 3A All-State Team

Former Sanger shortstop Ted Wisdom was one of seven area players named to the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A all-state baseball team. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

The Texas Sports Writers Association released its Class 3A All-State baseball team, and it confirmed what we knew all season.

Argyle and Sanger had some pretty good baseball players last season.

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On-field rivals J.W. Walsh, OU’s Trevor Knight spend time together off the field

Former Guyer standout and current Oklahoma State junior quarterback J.W. Walsh spent time with Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight earlier this week. (The Dallas Morning News file photo)

It’s one thing to be friends with your rival. But when the two gentlemen in question are the respective quarterbacks at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, it’s a different ballgame.

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Continuity key for Ryan’s new coaching staff

Since Joey Florence moved out of the Ryan football field house in February and Dave Henigan took Florence’s old office, a constant theme has existed during all the personnel changes during the last few months.

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The 2002 Ryan football highlight reel

For years, I’ve heard about that game.

You know, the one where Ryan scores 15 points in 45 seconds to beat Ennis in the 2002 4A state semifinals? The one where Ryan converted fourth-and 24 from inside its 5-yard line?

Well, I finally found video evidence that proves that miracles exist.

A YouTube user named Tammy Battle, the same name of the mother of former Ryan quarterback James Battle, uploaded a highlight video from the 2002 season.

The first play you see is Battle heaving a pass down the left sidelines to William Dowdy, and the comeback was on. Don’t overlook that miraculous onside kick recovery. If your jaw doesn’t drop after you see the Ryan player snatch the ball from the air with one arm inches from the sidelines, call me at 940-566-6869 and we’ll talk (Also, if you know the nickname for that game, please call me and let me know).

Ryan defeated Ennis 18-14 and went on to win the 4A Division II title with a 38-8 win over Brenham.

If the itch for the start of the football season has become unbearable, here’s the highlight reel from the 2002 season.