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Celebration honoring 2020 state championship Ryan Raider football team on May 15
The Ryan Raider Football Team will host a state title celebration Saturday, May 15 honoring the 2020 Class 5A Division I State Champions. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex and is open to the community. The team was ranked No. 1 in Class 5A Division I from start to finish.
The celebration will feature a year-end highlight video, followed by the players entering the field through the Ryan High Cheer Team and Strutter spirit line. Players will gather at midfield one final time together before Coach Dave Henigan addresses the crowd.
After player introductions, the Ryan Cheerleaders will perform. The event will conclude with a state championship video. When the celebration ends, there will be photo opportunities with the players and coaching staff.
“Winning a state championship is obviously an incredible team honor but it is also a really great accomplishment for the entire Denton community and that is why we wanted to have this community-wide celebration,” said Vernon Reeves, principal. “There are a lot of people whether that is a staff member, a parent, a community member, or an alumni, who poured so much into these kids, and coaches during this past season and this state championship trophy is as much for all of those in the Denton community as it is for the players.”
Ryan High School capped a perfect 15-0 season in the Class 5A, Division I state championship game against undefeated Cedar Park from the Austin area.
The game started slowly by Ryan football standards but when senior running back Ke’Ori Hicks broke through the line and darted outside for a 13-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, the Raiders had the early 10-0 lead. Cedar Park battled back to close the lead to 10-8 just two possessions later.
The Raiders would soon flex their muscle, scoring the next four touchdowns in the game to take an insurmountable 45-8 lead midway through the third quarter. Ryan racked up 527 yards of total offense and collected four Cedar Park turnovers in route to a convincing 59-14 victory.
Senior quarterback Seth Henigan, who graduated early and is playing football at Memphis University, won the game’s Offensive MVP award. Seth threw for 279 yards and four touchdowns, while also adding 27 yards on the ground rushing. Seth is slated to return to Denton for the championship celebration with his teammates.
Senior defensive back Ty Marsh, a University of Hawaii commit, garnered Defensive MVP honors. Ty finished the game with an impressive defensive stat line including six tackles, three pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a blocked extra point and an interception. Ty will also be on-hand for the championship celebration.
The State Championship win capped an amazing six-year run for Coach Henigan and the Ryan Raiders. During that time, Coach Henigan has led the program to an 85-5 record, six-straight district titles, and a 59-game regular-season win streak. The Raiders have appeared in five state semifinal games and consecutive state title games in 2019 and 2020.