Written by Michael Florek
Tyrone Williams, Denton Ryan overcome 368 total yards by McKinney's Jonathan Shannon in 35-28 win
By Michael Florek, staff writer
McKINNEY — Denton Ryan’s game against McKinney at Ron Poe Stadium on Friday turned into a back-and-forth battle between two players: McKinney’s Jonathan Shannon and Ryan’s Tyrone Williams.
The personal battle went to Shannon, but Williams’ two second-half touchdowns led Ryan to a 35-28 victory.
Shannon had 368 combined rushing and receiving yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He outgained Ryan’s entire offense by 40 yards.
Williams finished with 193 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
“I just came to do what I had to do, provide the team with a W, and I did it all,” Williams said.
McKinney (4-1) led 13-6 at the half of the 5A nondistrict game. Shannon already had 215 combined yards and two touchdowns, including his longest of the day, a 66-yard reception. Ryan had 111 total yards.
Williams got going almost immediately in the second half. On the team’s second drive, Williams broke a tackle and bolted 41 yards for the score, and a two-point conversion gave Ryan a one-point lead.
After Ryan (2-2) returned an interception for a score, Shannon responded, rushing five times in the ensuing drive and getting the two-point conversion on a rush from the wildcat position to tie the game. When McKinney fell behind again, Shannon took a quick pass and cut all the way back across the field, dodging tacklers to bring McKinney back to even.
But Williams’46-yard run with 4:28 left put Ryan up for good.
“I give our coaches some credit. They did a great job at halftime, made some adjustments,” Ryan coach Joey Florence said. “But I give the kids the credit because there [isn’t any] quit in them. They didn’t panic.”
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