Finally! Ryan Raiders dominate their way into state title game (Denton RC)

By Steve Gamel Contributing Writer

ALLEN — Ryan coach Dave Henigan was presented with the option of playing Frisco Lone Star on Friday, with the goal of having a full week of practice leading up to the state title game should they win.

Henigan balked at the notion, saying he preferred an extra day to prepare for the No. 1 team in Class 5A Division I.

Who knows if playing Saturday versus Friday ended up being that big of a difference-maker, but Ryan looked more than ready on both sides of the ball as it slowly picked Lone Star apart while also making star receiver Marvin Mims a non factor in a 35-7 win at Eagle Stadium in a 5A Division I state semifinal.

Ryan (15-0) lost its previous three trips to the fifth round. Now the Raiders will play in their sixth state title game and first since 2010 at 7 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium against Alvin Shadow Creek.

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