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.
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