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.

Denton-ex, Texas Tech baseball skipper Tim Tadlock accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

If you’ve been on the Internet this week, there’s a strong chance a celebrity or somebody you know got treated to an ice bath and somebody recorded it as proof.

The ice dumping has been dubbed the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” Somebody gets challenged to have a bucket of ice dumped on them within 24 hours of the challenge or donate money to the ALS Association or have a bucket of ice dumped on them. The ALS Association says it’s the only non-profit organization in the nation combating Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Tim Tadlock, one of Denton’s favorite baseball sons and Texas Tech’s head coach, stepped up to the plate and got soaked.

But don’t take my word for it.

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Ryan alum Mario Edwards featured on Sports Illustrated’s website

Former Ryan standout Mario Edwards was recently featured on Sports Illustrated's website before the start of his junior year. (DRC file photo)

There’s this kid who played at Ryan a couple of years ago.

He racked up a bunch of sacks, terrorized teenage offensive lineman and the item of affection for college football programs around the nation.

His name is Mario Edwards. Maybe you’ve heard of him.

Well if you haven’t, here’s your chance.

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Guyer, Argyle open season in AP polls

Moving up to Class 6A didn’t hurt Guyer’s perception across the state.

The Associated Press released its first poll of the season this morning. The Wildcats registered in the 6A poll at No. 7 in the school’s first year back in the state’s highest classification.

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Debate: Southeast Texas, Denton area battle for football bragging rights

Last week, my friend down at the Beaumont Enterprise, Avi Zaleon, thought it’d be fun to discuss which coverage area had the better football teams, his or mine.

I was all for that. Our local coverage area won two 2013 state titles in the same day. So there’s no way I’m losing that debate.

So we had a spirited debate about who was covering the better football (Spoiler alert: Me).

Here’s a snippet:

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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.

 

Krum, Sanger begin football seasons at midnight from Ben Baby on Vimeo.