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Maurice Arterberry will try to fill the void and ensure Ryan’s explosive running backs flourish in 2013.

If there’s one consistent aspect of Ryan teams under head coach Joey Florence, it’s the impressive play of the Raiders’ defensive line. For yet another year, Ryan’s crown jewel may be its defensive front. The likes of Alex Funches, J.T. Williams, Robinson Sekou Clark and Nolan Robinson hold down the front trenches for Ryan’s 4-2-5 defense. Robinson was an Associated Press first-team all-state selection last year. Williams, Clark and Funches will Clark be tough to handle for opposing offensive lines. The four linemen combined for 63.6 percent of Ryan’s sacks last season.

Ryan’s most impactful newcomer will be the player who led the junior varsity’s offense last year. Paul Hunter was the quarterback of the JV team in 2012 and will be asked to be the team’s starting free safety. Along with his defensive duties, Hunter’s athleticism and quickness will also be used on Hunter the offensive side of the ball. Hunter replaces Reynal Caldwell, who was arguably the team’s best player last season and was a unanimous all-district selection. Hunter’s growth will be critical for a young Ryan secondary that will be tested early and often.



As strong as the defensive line is for the Raiders, the offensive line will be closely watched in 2013. Jake Hays, Austin Coker and Matt Griffin all departed from a front that was one of Ryan’s strongest units in 2012. While Dakota Laws and Tucker Cross return with experience, newcomers Tristan Brown, Skylar Hodges and

In a district with only six teams, each game carries more weight than games in a district with more teams. For Ryan, its district fate could hinge on the Raiders’ first 5-5A game at Flower Mound Marcus on Oct. 11. Florence said the team’s lengthy nondistrict schedule points toward Florence the district opener. A win against Marcus could set the right tone for the remaining four district games and set Ryan up for a favorable run in the postseason.




RAIDERS Roster No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

Player Pos. Ht. Xavier Gray WR 5-10 Shomari Cann WR 5-8 Robert Conner WR 5-9 Paul Hunter WR 5-11 J.T. Williams DL 6-3 Tyrone Williams RB 6-1 Preston Compton WR 6-0 Randalle Williams DB 6-0 Mitchell Bridges QB 5-9 Jamaras Jordan DB 5-8 Jesse Rojas DB 5-7 Marc Orozco K/P 5-9 Wesley Ellis WR 5-6 Cade Kennedy DB 6-0 Amir Mohamed LB 6-3 Ronnie Coleman DB 5-8 Nolan Robinson DL 6-1 Alex Funches DL 6-3 Xavier Pittman WR 5-11 A.J. Anderson RB 5-10 Trent Willis WR 5-10 Sekou Clark DE 6-4 Reese Strait DL 6-2 Stefan Horton LB 5-6 Tre Rivera DB 5-8 Danny Meza WR 5-10 Jordan Murray WR 5-11 Maurice Gordon RB 5-10 Cameron Williams DB 5-10 Ridge Tull HB 6-1 Adrian Sanchez LB 5-7 Elijah Allen DB 6-0 Isiah Daniels DB 5-11 Reilly Martinez HB 5-11 Tristan Greer DB 5-10 Cole Carpenter LB 6-0 Saket Patel WR 5-6 Austin Garon LB 5-9 Zack Shilling DB 6-2 Ben Kimbrough RB 5-11

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Ryan wide receiver Xavier Gray pulls away from Wylie East defensive back Carlos Weathersby last season at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Along with Gray, Willis became a big part of helping the Raiders go 6-5 last season and reach the area round of the 5A Division II playoffs. Willis had two touchdowns in Ryan’s playoff win over Bell and had four catches for 50 yards in Ryan’s season-ending loss to Cedar Hill, the eventual state runner-up. Bridges said it’s comforting having receivers he can trust in Gray and Willis. “It makes it a lot easier to be able to throw in that general direction and know that they have a chance of getting it,” Bridges said. “Not every ball has to be perfect.” Willis said Ryan will look to maintain

RYAN Schedule Date Opponent Aug. 30 at Corsicana Sept. 5 at W.F. Rider Sept. 13 at Wylie East Sept. 27 McKinney Oct. 11 at F.M. Marcus* Oct. 18 at Hebron* Oct. 25 Lewisville* Nov. 1 at Coppell* Nov. 8 Flower Mound* *District 5-5A games 42 43 44 48 50 52 53 55 57 58 60 62 63 65 66 70 72 73 76 80 81 88 90 94 96 99

Dylan Tomor Tederick Williams Kody West Jacob Kizer Conner Burris Maurice Arterberry Skyler Hodges Tucker Cross Peter Martin Anthony Young Sam Garcia Tyler Gaines Reuben Acton Bailey French Miguel Esparza Jacob Fuess Eric Summerlin Tristan Brown Dakota Laws Matthew Wagganer Perry Nichols Tevin Morales Roger Hernandez Donievin Oliver Ken Mclaurin Tony Caballero


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the offensive rhythm the team had at the end of last season. “It motivates us, really,” Willis said. “I feel like this year, our offense is going to be better. We’re going to be really good.” In Ryan’s first preseason scrimmage against Fort Worth Southwest, shades of last season were visible. Bridges tossed a pass deep down the field in Willis’ direction. Willis turned in the air and plucked the ball off the back of a defender for a lengthy gain. Willis emphatically bobbed his head in the direction of his defender before his coaches restrained him. It’s a glimpse of the fire Ryan will carry into this season, where the team will look to chase the program’s third state championship trophy.

Football 2013  

Football 2013 is the Denton Record-Chronicle's look at the upcoming football season for the University of North Texas Mean Green and Denton...

Football 2013  

Football 2013 is the Denton Record-Chronicle's look at the upcoming football season for the University of North Texas Mean Green and Denton...