Not this time: Ryan vanquishes Highland Park, advances to State Semis (Denton RC)

By Steve Gamel Contributing Writer

ARLINGTON — Five years later than they thought, the Ryan Raiders finally got that win over Highland Park.

And in a season where Ryan has long been the heavy favorite to win the Class 5A Division I state title, there’s no denying this was an important “W” they didn’t mind picking up along the way.

They did it in their typical dominant fashion, too.

Oklahoma signee Billy Bowman Jr. racked up 136 receiving yards and a touchdown, Texas signee Ja’Tavion Sanders added another highlight-reel one-handed grab, and the Ryan defense suffocated the usually high-powered Scots for a 17-7 win Friday in the Class 5A Division I Region II final at Globe Life Park.

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