Halftime thoughts: Keller Central 14, Ryan 8

It’s halftime here at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex. Keller Central leads Ryan 14-8 in the District 5-6A opener for both schools.

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What you need to know: Keller Central

Keller Central quarterback Jake McClurg and the Chargers square off against Ryan in tonight's District 5-6A opener. (The Dallas Morning News file photo)

Ryan head coach Dave Henigan likes to break the football schedule into three seasons.

There’s nondistrict (Season One), district (Season Two) and the postseason (Season Three), all riveting portions of a sitcom that could be called “Hen’s Flock.”

I’d definitely watch it, especially if it included great moments like this:

I mean, how could you not watch?

Well, Season One is in the books. Ryan starts Season Two on Friday night against Keller Central in the district opener for both schools.

Here’s what you need to know about the Keller Central Chargers.

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Coach’s Corner: Tyreke Davis becoming dual threat for Ryan (VIDEO)

Prior to last week’s week of rest for the Ryan football team, the Raiders picked up a decisive win against Wylie East.

Ryan sophomore Tyreke Davis played a big role in the Raiders’ nondistrict win in Week Three. The starting Ryan linebacker filled in at running back for the Raiders. Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talks about the sophomore’s importance to the team as it begins District 5-6A play this week against Keller Central.

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Ryan notes: Murray out with broken hand, Gordon’s back, Laws visits Oklahoma

One of Ryan's leading wide receiver, senior Jordan Murray (above), is out for six weeks after he suffered a broken hand against Wylie East. (Special Contributor/Maegan Puetz)

Ryan didn’t have many returning offensive starters at the start of this season. And as the season hits Week Four, those numbers keep on dwindling.

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Weekend Recap: A win for you, and you, and…

David Haynes and the Wildcats bowled over the Wichita Falls Rider in a Week Two matchup between old District 5-4A rivals. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

For the second straight week, defeat is a word that hasn’t been associated with many of our local teams. The area’s heavy hitters came up with solid performances for a second straight week, including another undefeated weekend for Denton ISD’s teams.

In the area, Argyle and Lake Dallas came up with huge victories against some good ball clubs.

My usual Monday-morning accomplice, Adam Boedeker, is still getting back from vacation with his family so I’ll be riding solo today in this installment of the weekend recap.

Let’s take a look back at a very good weekend for the area.

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Three takes: Wylie East-Ryan

Ryan sophomore Tyreke Davis stepped in at running back and came up with a big performance in Ryan's 36-26 win over Wylie East on Thursday night at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (Special Contributor/Matt Garnett)

Any time the topic of youth was brought up to Ryan head coach Dave Henigan, his responses were pretty much uniform.

Each time the first-year Ryan head coach said that yes, the Raiders were young, but they would be fine. Well, I have a feeling he was on to something.

Ryan closed out the nondistrict portion of the schedule with a 36-26 win against Wylie East on homecoming night. While Ryan enjoys a Friday night off, here are the three things that stand out the most from Thursday night’s victory.

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Halftime thoughts: Ryan 15, Wylie East 7

It’s halftime here at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Ryan leads Wylie East 15-7 in the final nondistrict game for Ryan.

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Ryan’s Dave Henigan talks about nondistrict play, Wylie East (VIDEO)

Dave Henigan picked up his first win as Ryan’s head coach last week against Hebron. In this week’s video interview (which we probably should have called Coach’s Corner or something like that), he talks about nondistrict play and tonight’s matchup against Wylie East. If that’s not enticing enough, there’s also a couple highlights from the win over Hebron.

 

What you need to know: Wylie East

 

Wylie East got the best of Ryan in the 2012 matchup between the two teams. But Ryan won last year's game, 37-10, evening the series between the two schools that continues tonight. (DRC file photo)

It doesn’t feel like it the season is already two weeks old. The first scrimmage feels like it happened last week, yet we’re hours away from Week Three of the high school football season.

Well, to be honest, every season always feels like it’s going by too quickly.

And after tonight, the nondistrict portion of Ryan’s schedule will be gone along with the first 30 percent of the season.

Ryan closes out nondistrict play at home with a Thursday night contest against Wylie East. For those of you who have were anticipating this blog to drop on Wednesday night, my apologies for not getting it out there sooner. I’d like to blame the short week, but this is the wrong business to be in if you want to make excuses.

All right. No more waiting. Here’s what you need to know about the Wylie East Raiders.

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Three takes: Ryan-Hebron

Ryan was in jeopardy of doing something it hadn’t done in seven seasons.

If the Raiders couldn’t find a way to beat Hebron on Friday night, Ryan was looking at the first 0-2 start to the season since 2007.

But the Raiders recovered from last week’s season-opening loss to Rockwall to pick up a 27-21 win against Hebron at Hawk Stadium on Friday night. Not only did the Raiders avoid dropping back-to-back games to open the season, but Dave Henigan picked up his first victory as Ryan’s head coach.

In the final minutes of the contest, it seemed as if the first victory of the season was going to slip out of Ryan’s grasp. But the Raiders survived at the place known as The Woodshed (which is awesome) and handed Hebron its second loss of the season in as many games.

Here are a few takeaways from Friday night’s contest.

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