Tyreke Davis came through in the clutch on both sides of the ball Friday night. The Denton Ryan senior rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns and also broke up a Richland pass at the goal line to snuff a fourth-quarter drive.
Davis’ big night helped lead the Raiders to a 34-13 victory in a Class 5A Division I area-round game at Northwest ISD Stadium. Ryan (12-0) advances to face Lubbock Monterey in the next round.
Richland (10-2) tried to mount another second-half rally a week after its come-from-behind win against Fort Worth South Hills. Landon Le scored on a 55-yard pass from Trae Self to cut the Raiders’ lead to 21-13 with 7:42 to go in the third quarter. Le finished with 131 yards on six catches. Self passed for 175.
But Ryan responded with a 76-yard TD strike from quarterback Spencer Sanders to Tauskie Dove on the first play of the ensuing drive. Dove caught 10 passes for 184 yards. Sanders passed for 293 and ran for 93 and a score.
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Davis’ third touchdown of the night extended the Ryan lead to 34-13 late third quarter. The Ryan scoring drive began after a Richland fumble in Raiders territory — one of two fumbles Richland lost on the night.
Richland’s first drive of the fourth quarter reached the Ryan 7. But on fourth down, Davis broke up a pass at the goal line.
Davis reached the end zone on his first two carries of the night. Ryan’s first possession went 70 yards in six plays, capped by Davis’ first rush. He raced 49 yards up the middle on third-and-2 for the touchdown and a 7-0 Raiders lead.
Davis’ second carry was a 2-yard touchdown run, for a 14-0 Ryan lead with 10:09 remaining in the first half. Davis carried eight times for 85 yards in the first half.
Sanders added the Raiders’ third rushing TD of the first half on a 4-yard run with 4:59 to go in the second quarter.
Richland’s lone touchdown of the first half came on a 10-yard run by Rylee Johnson (139 yards rushing). The score was set up on a 30-yard pass from Self to receiver Le on 4th-and-11 from the Ryan 40.
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