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.

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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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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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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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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