Midland, Texas — In a game where Del Valle forced four Denton Ryan turnovers, the big play ability of the third ranked Ryan Raiders proved to be too much on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Midland.
The 42-14 win advances the undefeated Ryan Raiders to the regional semi-finals to face Lubbock Coronado next week in Abilene.
Ryan jumped out to a 14-0 lead within the first two minutes of the game thanks to a long touchdown pass and a pick six. Then Ryan led 28-7 after a 90-yard touchdown pass from Seth Henigan to Del’Shun Neal with 5:22 left until halftime.
As usual, Del Valle never quit, and made things interesting to end the half.
Raymond Montez threw a first half touchdown to put Del Valle on the board, then powered in a 3-yard quarterback sneak up the left side to cut the lead to 28-14 with 1:33 left in the first half.
After a spectacular one-handed interception by Karch Gardiner on the ensuing Ryan possession, Del Valle was in business at the Ryan 15-yard line with less than a minute left until halftime.
Montez was picked off three times Saturday and had a pass tipped at the goal line intercepted off the carom by TJ Walker that gave Ryan possession with few seconds left until halftime.
Ryan led 28-14 at halftime, and outgained Del Valle 228-170, but the Ryan run game took over in the second half.
Drew Sanders earned Casa Nissan Player of the Game honors, he ran for 87 yards on the afternoon, rushed for two scores, and picked off a Montez pass the first half, taking it 35-yards back to the house give Ryan that early 14-0 lead.
The Oklahoma commit’s 46-yard touchdown run at the 7:30 mark in the third quarter made it 35-14 Ryan, his second touchdown was a four-yard touchdown run at the 10:20 mark of the fourth quarter.
Ryan ran for 221 yards on the ground led by Emani Bailey who ran for 115 yards and a touchdown. Henigan threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan put up 423 yard of total offense.
Montez finished the day 11-31 passing for 121 yards, with a passing and a rushing touchdown to finish his stellar career at Del Valle.
Del Valle’s season ends at 8-3, Ryan moves to 11-0 on the season with sights on a state title.