Sunday, August 28, 2005

COM: Taylor and Will, and more friends

Just got a note from Taylor Overbey. They won their first game of the season 40-8. Bang! What a score. BUT, Taylor found out that he's got a back problem and will have to sit out the rest of the season. He'll be ready for baseball though. Hang in there T!

Will's Highland Park Scots (ranked #4 & #5 in state 4A by some polls) pulled a huge upset, beating the #19 5A team 40-14 yesterday in the Tom Landry Classic at SMU. No word yet from Will on how he did, but i'm posting the Dallas Morning News article below. Interesting that their starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is already being touted as a possible 4A player of the year, was out with an injury. The win was directed by number two QB William Webb.

Went to see Jeff Scott's show at Fredericksburg Theatre Company -- The Compleat Works of Wm Shakespeare (Abridged). It was hilarious. Missed seeing Jeff -- i suppose he's on his way back to Lubbock, but did meet up with Ruthie Schmuck, Maggie Meek, Sarah Tacey and Ambra Freeman at the show and then went to dinner with them post-show. Had a great time -- that's one funny bunch of ladies. Sarah's just off the successful run of her show Little Shop of Horrors at The Point. I reviewed that last week. Will post a review of Jeff's show sometime today.

In other football news, Ingram blasted out of their 2-8 slump last year with an overwhleming 47-13 win over powerhouse Comfort. J.T. Aspra threw three TDs, two to Kris Hicks.

Tivy meanwhile got slapped by state-ranked Pflugerville 21-6.

Football: Out of reach
Seven turnovers plague Raiders in blowout loss
By Chuck Cox / Staff Writer, Dallas Morning News, 09:27 AM CDT on Sunday, August 28, 2005

UNIVERSITY PARK — For the first time in the Joey Florence era and in this decade, the Ryan Raiders are 0-1.

Highland Park turned a six-point game at the half into a blowout 40-14 victory, stunning Ryan on Saturday night in the sixth annual Tom Landry Classic at SMU’s Ford Stadium. The Raiders didn’t help their cause any, committing seven turnovers, including one on each of their four second-half possessions.

The last time the Raiders started the season with a loss was in 1999, when they were blanked by Mount Pleasant, 28-0.

Highland Park quarterback William Webb, who was playing for injured star signal-caller Matthew Stafford, gave the Raiders fits both on the ground and through the air.

Webb finished the game 15-of-19 passing for 204 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions, while also rushing for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.

Running back Alex Carroll also had a huge game for the Scots, rushing for 95 yards and three touchdowns on 13 attempts.

Meanwhile, Ryan quarterback Austin Knight, who was not named the starter until earlier in the day, had a tough debut. Knight was 14-of-30 for 250 yards and four interceptions, although he did throw a pair of touchdown passes.

Both teams struggled in the early stages of the game, trading punts for most of the first quarter before the Scots finally drew first blood on their third possession, as Webb scored on a 37-yard run.

The Raiders needed all of one play to take their first lead of the game. After a delay of game penalty pushed Ryan back five yards, Knight connected with Justin Fenty on an 88-yard touchdown pass. Fenty used his blazing speed to elude several Scot defenders for the score. Tony Adams’ PAT made it 7-6.

After a fumble on their next possession, the Raiders added to their lead with a five-play, 85-yard drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Knight to Nathan Uland.

But things then began to unravel for Ryan.

Highland Park (1-0) answered with a five-play drive that culminated with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Webb to Holt Martin. The Scots missed the 2-point conversion attempt again, allowing Ryan to maintain its 14-12 lead.

But it didn’t last much longer as the Scots turned a Knight interception into another touchdown. Webb scored on a 3-yard run that was set up by a 31-yard Carroll scamper.

The Scots scored all 20 of their second-half points off Raider turnovers, relying primarily on their running game.

Fenty finished with five catches for 116 yards for the Raiders, while Jerome Worsham had three grabs for 81 yards. Worsham did not have a reception in the second half.

The Raiders will look to get back on track next Friday when they take on Denton at 7:30 p.m. at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

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