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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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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