Written by Jon Machota
Denton Ryan rushes for 350 yards in 37-10 win over Wylie East
WYLIE — The Denton Ryan offense and special teams unit needed about eight minutes to get on track Friday night. But after losing two fumbles and falling behind 7-0, Ryan’s ground game quickly overshadowed those early turnovers.
Ryan rushed for 350 yards and outgained Wylie East 465-201, cruising to a 37-10 victory at Wylie Stadium.
The Ryan defense was exceptional all night, holding East to 10 total first downs and 82 yards in the second half.
“We put them in a bad spot with those turnovers early in the game and kept them out on the field,” Ryan coach Joey Florence said, “and I thought they answered the challenge.”
Senior running back Tyrone Williams and junior running back Maurice Gordon averaged more than 10 yards per carry, combining for 291 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ryan (3-0).
Wylie East (1-2) grabbed the early lead when senior running back Jason Rone went up the middle for a 24-yard touchdown run on third-and-16 with 4:23 remaining in the opening quarter. Ryan answered four plays later when Williams got the call on fourth-and-1. The 6-1, 210-pounder found room up the middle and quickly burst to the outside for a 69-yard score.
On its next possession, Ryan went for it again on fourth down. Senior quarterback Mitchell Bridges completed a 12-yard pass to Xavier Gray on fourth-and-3, which was then followed by a 20-yard touchdown run from Gordon.
Bridges helped extend Ryan’s lead to 21-10 when he drilled senior Trent Willis, who had a defender draped over his back, for a three-yard touchdown with nine seconds remaining in the first half.
The second-half scoring came on a five-yard run by Bridges and a 75-yard rush from Gordon. Marc Orozco made a 54-yard field goal to cap the scoring. The senior had plenty of room to spare and was roughed on the attempt.