Well here we all are. It’s the first round of the playoffs and Ryan has to be feeling mighty good about itself after completing a 10-0 run through the regular season. It was an impressive run for everyone involved.
But all that is in the past, because Plano East is more than capable of handing the Raiders a quick playoff exit. It should be a dandy out at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
Same drill … game advance in tomorrow’s paper. Here are some Need to Knows.
The Game: Ryan (10-0) vs Plano East (7-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m. at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
Series record: This is only the second time these two teams have squared off. Plano East won the first encounter, 43-33, way back in 1995.
What happened last week: Ryan cliched the District 5-6A title with a 31-28 win over its chief rival Guyer. Plano East lost to Allen, 58-23.
What to expect: Plano East QB Miklo Smalls (1,835 passing yards, 765 rushing and 29 touchdowns) and Ryan QB Spencer Sanders (1,586 passing, 632 rushing, 23 TDs) are two of the more fun dual threat guys to watch in Class 6A. If they get into a battle of oneupmanship, we could be in for a wild game. Ryan’s defense is only giving up just more than 107 rushing yards per game, though, and is coming off having defended Guyer’s Shawn Robinson in a 31-28 win.
Final say: Don’t sleep on Plano East just because it has a few blemishes on the season record. District 6-6A featured Allen and Marcus to name a few, and East finished as the third-place team ahead of Hebron. With all that being said, Ryan’s schedule was just as tough, and the Raiders showed some added moxy last week — especially on offense. I think they find a way to pull this one out.
Score prediction: Ryan 31, Plano East 21