It’s halftime here at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex. Keller Central leads Ryan 14-8 in the District 5-6A opener for both schools.
Ryan head coach Dave Henigan likes to break the football schedule into three seasons.
There’s nondistrict (Season One), district (Season Two) and the postseason (Season Three), all riveting portions of a sitcom that could be called “Hen’s Flock.”
I’d definitely watch it, especially if it included great moments like this:
I mean, how could you not watch?
Well, Season One is in the books. Ryan starts Season Two on Friday night against Keller Central in the district opener for both schools.
Here’s what you need to know about the Keller Central Chargers.
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.
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.
Ryan boys track and field head coach Janson Head insists that Class 5A Region I is the fastest region in the nation.
With only two weeks remaining until the state meet, there’s plenty of evidence to supplement that statement.
It took a while for the roads to thaw out and the weekend’s slate of football games to wrap up.
But when the ice somewhat melted, Guyer and Argyle moved closer to an appearance in the state championship game. Ryan’s valiant season ended after what looked like another improbable comeback was going to occur.
Adam Boedeker and I look back at Monday’s action and look forward to this weekend’s state semifinal games.
Yesterday during Ryan’s game against Cedar Hill, there was a scary moment in the third quarter when Cedar Hill senior offensive tackle Jarod Branch was motionless and face-down on the field for a span of about 10 minutes.
Today, we’ve got some good news.
Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire said Branch ended up being OK and he actually met the team back at the school after Cedar Hill’s 52-29 victory against Ryan, and McGuire said he was excited to see him.
Branch didn’t appear to move for about 10 minutes before he was taken off the field on a stretcher.
“You just don’t want to move a kid like that when it’s a possible head or neck injury,” McGuire said.
McGuire said Branch was taken to the hospital and “everything checked out,” but the head coach was not sure what tests Branch went under. McGuire said Branch will not play in this week’s 5A Division II semifinal against Lake Travis.
We finally got past that pesky regional final round of the state high school football playoffs. You know, that round that’s been delayed because of all this pesky ice on the roads.
Ryan and Guyer played their respective regional final games yesterday in a “doubleheader” at North Texas’ Apogee Stadium (the Ryan game started at 3 p.m., Guyer at 7:30 p.m.)
Denton ISD Ken Purcell had great things to say about the folks at UNT and Derek Grice, the head of facilities at UNT.
As of Monday morning, this is what the field looked like:
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) December 9, 2013
And when I showed up to the stadium, the field looked like this:
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 9, 2013
Purcell flagged me down in the press box at Apogee and emphatically praised UNT and Grice.
“We started working Thursday on sites, when the storm blew in,” Purcell said. “And the University of North Texas has been super. Some people are a little bit bothered by the parking lots and the stands and all that. But yesterday, there was four inches of snow and ice on there. In fact, at 7 o’clock [Monday] morning, there were four inches of snow and ice on there.
“And I was out here and I watched them. They rented tractors and everything to make sure this field is playable, and I’m just amazed at how good this field looks.”
Guyer originally was going to play at Justin Northwest, but that game was moved to Apogee and was scheduled after the Ryan game. It was highly important to get the games in on Monday, because the UIL says five days must be between football games.
The UNT athletic department staff also scraped off a section of the bleachers on the student side of the stadium so fans could enjoy a couple of pretty good games.
When Ryan steps back onto the field at Apogee Stadium on Monday, the Raiders will be nine days removed from the biggest comeback in school history. Ryan hopes there is still some magic left at Apogee for the Class 5A Division II Region I final against Cedar Hill.
No more ice problems. No more waiting around. Finally, we have football.
Here’s what you need to know about Cedar Hill.
The weekend’s high school football playoff games aren’t the only things to be cancelled.
In boys basketball, the Sanger tournament has been cancelled. The mix of sleet, snow and terrible road conditions have forced the cancellation of Saturday’s games. They were only able to get four games in on Thursday before the rest of the games were scrapped.
Georgetown East, Liberty Christian and Sherman all pulled out of the tournament completely on Thursday.
Ryan was scheduled to face Frisco, but that game won’t happen. Sanger head coach Rob Sikora said the Indians will now face Aubrey on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Sanger.