To make matters much more difficult for the Raiders today against Coppell, Ryan will be starting fourth-string quarterback Kevin Ray against one of the best defenses in the state.
Ryan will have a new starting quarterback going into tomorrow’s game against Wichita Falls Rider.
Preston Compton will take over for Mitchell Bridges. Bridges started his first game last Friday against Corsicana and fractured his fibula in the second quarter of the game.
He didn’t realize it was fractured until Monday. He said he’ll be week-to-week with the injury, and he’ll play depending on how much pain he feels up to that week. Bridges said on Thursday he will not be having surgery on the ankle.
Last year, Bridges played with a torn shoulder labrum for most of the season, so he’s no stranger to playing through pain. Last week against Corsicana, Bridges completed 16 of 20 passes for 179 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Bridges also had 25 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
Compton played one series last week, and went 2-for-2 with no yards. Ryan’s offense was held to a three-and-out on the possession. Florence said he would have put Compton in for a series in the second half, but since Bridges was playing so well, he opted against it.
Compton is a move-in from Southlake Carroll, and he made some strong throws against Grapevine in Ryan’s last preseason scrimmage. Compton has a solid arm and can run the ball fairly effectively.
If you’re wondering what he plays like, it looks as if somebody’s been putting together a highlight reel from his JV days. So if that’s something you might be interested in (yes, that’s an Entourage reference), here’s the video.
Sorry we’ve been away for so long. For the last two weeks, the entire sports staff has been consumed by our 2012 Football magazine, which has darn good coverage on all 12 of our area high schools and on North Texas. It’s coming out on Thursday, so be looking out for that.
Last Friday, Ryan scrimmaged Grapevine in its final tune-up before this Friday’s game against Corsicana. The Raiders “won” 21-3, but nobody really cares about the final score in a scrimmage. Still, there a few things worth mentioning coming out of the scrimmage.
1. Preston Compton made a case for playing time
Ryan junior back-up quarterback Preston Compton moved to Denton from Southlake over the summer, and he looked pretty good against Grapevine. Compton had a gorgeous 70-yard pass down the field to a receiver who had burned Grapevine’s secondary and was tackled at the goal line. Compton made strong throws, ran a little bit, and showed he’ll definitely have something to offer this season. Ryan head coach Joey Florence said Compton will play some this season, but the head coach also said with resolute confidence that Mitchell Bridges is going to be Ryan’s starter.
2. Ryan must force more turnovers
If there’s one thing Florence wasn’t necessarily pleased with on Friday, it was the turnover margin. In other words, the ratio of turnovers Ryan forced compared to how many turnovers Ryan committed. Ryan had three turnovers against Grapevine while failing to force any of its own. A team that can force turnovers and not commit any will have a much easier time making it through four quarters. But that goes without saying.
3. 2 Chainz, meet Joey Florence
For those of you who understandably don’t listen to rap music, there’s a man by the name of 2 Chainz who has become the talk of the genre. Mostly, it’s because he says some of the most incompetent things known to man most of the time. Well, he’s made his namesake by saying his name in an obnoxious yet infectious way. He bellows in a deep and drawn out manner, and it’s something kids love to mimic.
After the scrimmage on Friday and with his team kneeling around him, Florence addressed his kids and gave what might be one of the best quotes of the season.
“Y’all been talking about this 2 CHAINZ stuff. Well I got TWO RINGS and I want a third one.”
Class 5A and hip-hop DJs, beware. Joey Florence and the Ryan Raiders are headed your way.