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: 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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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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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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What you need to know: Rockwall

 

Rockwall senior wide receiver Xavier Castille leads the Yellowjackets against Ryan on Friday in the season opener for both schools. (Mark M. Hancock/Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning news)

After days of practices, two weeks of scrimmages and months of waiting, the regular season is almost here.

Since it’s the night before a Ryan football game, it’s only fitting that we continue last year’s tradition with the WYNTK blog about the Raiders’ opponent.

Here’s what you need to know about Rockwall.

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DRC releases its football preview section on Thursday

The Record-Chronicle releases its annual football preview section tomorrow. Clockwise, from front: Ryan running back Maurice Gordon, Denton defensive end Dailon Holmes, Guyer defensive tackle Carl Thompson, North Texas offensive lineman Cyril Lemon. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

In less than 24 hours, the essential guide to Denton area football will be on your lawn, in a newsstand or tucked away at your favorite gas station.

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Ryan head coach Dave Henigan on freshman QB Spencer Sanders (VIDEO)

Last week, Ryan head coach Dave Henigan announced that freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders will be the team’s starting quarterback in this Friday’s season-opener against Rockwall.

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Ryan starting safety, reserve quarterback transfer out of school

A potential defensive starter and a back-up quarterback will not be with Ryan when the Raiders open the season against Rockwall.

Junior safety Shemar Coleman and junior quarterback Austin Carter have transferred from the program, multiple sources at Ryan confirmed.

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