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.

North Texas standout Patrick Cobbs joins staff at Ryan

Former North Texas standout running back Patrick Cobbs will join the Ryan football coaching staff this fall. (DRC file photo)

One of North Texas’ greatest football players will be returning to Denton this fall.

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Guyer’s backup QB Moore goes back to Prosper

The once crowded quarterback derby at Guyer heading into the 2014 season is suddenly much clearer.

After the Guyer coaching staff moved last season’s backup to Texas freshman Jerrod Heard, David Haynes, to wide receiver full-time, the starting job under center was in the hands of sophomore transfer Shawn Robinson, who started as a freshman for Saginaw Chisholm Trail last season.

Prosper move-in David Moore was set to be Robinson’s backup and had a solid performance in Guyer’s spring game. Now, Moore is headed back to Prosper before his career at Guyer ever got started.

“It wasn’t really my decision,” said Moore, who started the regular-season finale for Prosper as a sophomore, going 8-for-9 for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns. “It was more for my mom and her personal reasons, she wanted to go back and I just said, ‘all right.’”

Guyer head coach John Walsh said the decision was made due to some family health concerns.

“David and his family are moving back to Prosper due to some family health issues,” Walsh said. “David worked hard during his time at Guyer, and we wish him well.”

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Former Sherman head coach Gary Joe Kinne hired as Denton assistant coach

Denton High added another high profile assistant to its football coaching staff this summer.

Gary Joe Kinne has accepted an offer to join the Broncos, according to Denton ISD spokesperson Sharon Cox.

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Ryan-ex Mario Edwards Jr. named to Bednarik Award watch list

Florida State junior defensive end Mario Edwards was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday afternoon by the Maxwell Football Club. (Stephen Morris/Associated Press)

Former Ryan standout Mario Edwards Jr. was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List on Monday.

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Q&A with Ryan head coach Dave Henigan

I sat down with Ryan head coach Dave Henigan on Friday morning to talk about the end of organized summer workouts, Ryan’s quarterback situation and some other things.

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Guyer Class of ’15 DT Carl Thompson commits to Kansas

Guyer senior defensive tackle Carl Thompson (right) orally committed on Thursday afternoon to play football at Kansas. (Michael Clements/For the Record-Chronicle)

One of Guyer’s highly coveted football recruits looks has made his college decision.

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Guyer, Argyle lead area’s DCTF projections

Argyle's Nick Ralston was named to Dave Campbell Texas Football's 4A preseason all-state team. The magazine was released today. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

When grocery stores opened this morning, many Texans continued the yearly mid-summer ritual of searching the magazine racks for a publication that’s well known by football fans across the state.

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