Halftime thoughts: Ryan 20, Hebron 7

CARROLLTON — Ryan leads Hebron 20-7 after two quarters of tonight’s nondistrict matchup at The Woodshed.

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What you need to know: Ennis

 

Ennis senior defensive end/linebacker James Lockhart (9) during the first half of a high school football game against Mansfield Timberview at Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield, Friday, August 29, 2014. Mansfield Timberview won 34-21. (Brandon Wade/The Dallas Morning News contributor)

There was a time a few years ago when it looked as if Guyer and Ennis would be on a crash course to play in the Class 4A state semifinal, but instead, the Wildcats had to deal with Longview for two straight seasons before finally getting the best of the Lobos in 2010 in Class 5A.

Now, we’re finally going to see that matchup. Since those days, Guyer has established itself as one of the top programs in the state, while Ennis took a few really bad years before bouncing back to a state championship contender this year at the newly named Class 5A (formerly Class 4A).

So follow the jump, and learn everything you to know about Friday’s game between two of the best 0-1 teams in the state, the loser of which will most likely be the best 0-2 team in the state.

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What you need to know: Hebron

Treyvon Hughes (left) and Carson Proffitt may have graduated from Hebron, but the Hawks still carry a strong team into Friday night's nondistrict game against Ryan. (Special contributor to The Dallas Morning News/Matt Strasen)

For the past two years, Ryan-Hebron has been a district matchup. Hebron got the best of the Raiders the last two years, but both suffered the same playoff fate.

The University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment took the teams out of the district, but that didn’t stop Hebron head coach Brian Brazil and Denton ISD athletic director Joey Florence from scheduling the fixture during nondistrict play.

Here’s what you need to know (and then some) about the Hebron Hawks.

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Texas Tech offers Argyle junior tight end J.C. Chalk

Argyle junior tight end J.C. Chalk picked up an offer from Texas Tech on Wednesday. Chalk orally committed to Clemson in June. (For the Denton Record-Chronicle/Matt Garnett)

Argyle junior tight end J.C. Chalk picked up another offer this evening. Here, I’ll let him tell the story.

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Ryan RB Maurice Gordon expected to be a big piece for the Raiders (VIDEO)

Ryan head coach Dave Henigan said senior running back Maurice Gordon (above) will be a big key to the Raiders' success this season. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton )

Maurice Gordon’s performance against Rockwall last week shouldn’t have been a surprise.

The Ryan senior running back saw a heavy workload in the first game of the season. He carried the ball 23 times for 143 yards and Ryan’s lone touchdown in a 21-13 loss to the Yellowjackets.

Gordon said on Tuesday that Kansas State has started to show more interest in him, but the Wildcats have yet to offer the senior.

Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talked about Gordon’s value to the team and what he brings to the Raiders on a weekly basis.

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Weekend Recap: The start of a new season

Top-ranked Allen corralled Guyer at the Tom Landry Classic in the season opener for both schools. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

So, how does it feel to have football in your lives again? Feels pretty good, huh? Yeah, that’s what I figured.

Last week was the week many of you were waiting for (OK, I was waiting on it, too). The first week of the football season included some big matchups in the state and a preview of what to expect in the weeks to come.

Fellow Record-Chronicle high school scribe Adam Boedeker and I break down last week’s big games in the first installment of the weekend recap.

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Guyer moves down, Argyle goes up in this week’s AP poll

Allen took down Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson and the Wildcats in the Week One matchup at the Tom Landry Classic. Guyer is ninth in this week's Associated Press Class 6A poll, two spots down from last week. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

Guyer may have opened the season with a 14-point loss against one of the nation’s best teams, but the Wildcats’ performance was apparently good enough to keep them ranked as one of the top 10 teams in Class 6A.

Guyer drops two spots to No. 9 in this week’s Associated Press 6A state poll. Allen, the team the Wildcats lost to, remains solidly in first place after receiving 19 of 25 first-place votes.

The area’s biggest winner was Argyle. The Eagles jumped up two spots to earn a fourth-place ranking in the Class 4A poll following last week’s 34-28 win against Abilene Wylie in the season opener.

Somebody also voted Argyle as the best team in Class 4A. Abilene Wylie was one of four teams to receive a single vote in this week’s poll

Here is The Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

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Three Takes: Ryan-Rockwall

Ryan running back Maurice Gordon and the rest of the Raiders lost to Rockwall in the season opener on Friday night. (For the Denton Record-Chronicle/Maegan Puetz)

Nobody really knew what to expect when Ryan stepped onto the turf at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex for the season opener.

This year’s version of the Raiders looked completely different from the squad Ryan fielded the previous two seasons.

A new head coach, a freshman quarterback and an influx of underclassmen were all making their Ryan varsity debuts, adding to the normal excitement the first game of the season. Ryan lost to Rockwall 21-13 in Friday night’s season opener, but the game offered a glimpse into what to expect this season.

We’ll add a new staple on the blog this season with a Saturday morning with a few quick takes from the previous night with Three Takes. Take a seat, grab some coffee and let’s look back at last night’s game.

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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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