In football, all young men have a chance of success. In football, the more talented player is not always the best player. In football, with the correct attitude and work ethic, any young man can compete. In football, leaders are born and confidence is built. In football, attitudes can be adjusted and low self-esteem can be lifted. In football, all young men get a chance at success.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

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Preview: Ryle at Covington Catholic

By Greg Shoemaker on August 19, 2015 9:03 pm

We kickoff the 2015 high school football season as our US Marines Battle of the Gridiron Tour pulls into Covington Catholic where the Colonels will host Ryle in a rare Friday dinner time affair at Wooten Field. Both teams come into the season boasting of promise.
The home team welcomes in the Eddie Eviston era. He led Newport Central Catholic to a pair of Class 2A state titles in his only three years as a high school head coach. Colonels’ fans are hoping he can break the Highlands curse and make CovCath the team to beat once again in Northern Kentucky.

Ryle enters its second season under the guidance of Mike Engler. The Raiders got better as the season went along in 2014. They look to pick up where they left off. With a year under their belts in Engler’s system this team should look more polished on both sides of the ball.
Even though it is the opener, the offenses will be the stars of the show on this evening. This affair should be highly entertaining with the scoreboard getting lit up early and often.


Kickoff: 5:30 p.m at Wooten Field

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PLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Ryle junior quarterback Tanner Morgan, who transferred from Hazard. He threw for more than 4,800 yards and 56 touchdowns in two seasons as a starter at Hazard. Morgan has offers from Wake Forest, Louisville and Cincinnati. Raiders running back Colin England ran for 1,144 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. Classmate Mitchell Bateman put up 431 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground in ’14.
Linebacker John Meiman has been a model of consistency for the Ryle defense, recording 195 total tackles in two seasons as a starter. Defensive back David Rich registered 96 total tackles and recovered three fumbles last fall.
Covington Catholic will look to running back Ben Darlington and receiver Ryan McGinness to take the weight off an inexperienced quarterback. A healthy Darlington is poised for a monster senior campaign in Eviston’s offense. McGinness value lies in his versatility. He can run, pass or catch the ball.
The Colonels’ defense is paced by linebacker Cameron Pitzer. He has 165 total tackles with two fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions during his career.

TEAM TRENDS: The two teams have split games the past two years with Ryle winning last fall. Covington Catholic has won four straight openers. The last time they lost their first game of the season was to Ryle, 61-7 at Nippert Stadium in ’10.

RYLE’S KEYS TO VICTORY: Ryle started last season on the road and did not come out crisp. The Raiders need to get off to a good start or they will be playing catch up all night. With an array of weapons at the skill positions, Morgan should use that to his advantage. Success spreading the field early will open up the run game for England in the second half.

COVINGTON CATHOLIC’S KEYS TO VICTORY: It will benefit the Colonels if they can come out loose. Playing tight in the first half will allow Ryle to build confidence the longer they stay in the game. Eviston’s teams have understood how to deliver a knock blow. If CovCath is capable of displaying that kind of killer instinct early in Eviston’s tenure they are in for a big season.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Prep Football Previews: Ryle has solid senior class that came up together in feeder program

Article Courtesy of the Northern Kentucky Tribune

As Northern Kentucky looks forward to high school football season, The NKyTribune is profiling all NKy high school football teams, thanks to support from St. Elizabeth Healthcare Sports Medicine. This is one of a series. Look for great coverage of high school football at the NKyTribune all season.

By Terry Boehmker
NKyTribune sports reporter

Most of the seniors on the Ryle football roster have been playing together since the sixth grade when they joined the Union Raiders middle school team that made its debut that season. In a few more days, that first group to come up through the Ryle feeder program will be starting their final season together and they’re determined to break the varsity team’s three-year string of losing records.

Ryle seniors crop
Ryle football players Nick Townsend, left, Nick Yowan, center, and Tyler Selby are among the seniors who started playing together in the sixth grade. (Photo by Terry Boehmker)
“Ever since we were the Union Raiders we’ve been talking about this group coming up as seniors and doing something special,” said senior offensive guard Nick Yoman.

“They’ve always expected big things from us,” added senior linebacker Tyler Selby. “We’re hoping to live up to all those expectations this year.”

The Union Raiders was created to get football players at middle schools affiliated with Ryle on the same team. Before that, players are scattered on several different teams in the Boone County PeeWee Football League.

The Union Raiders got off to a good start. A photograph of the 2011 team that made an impressive run in a middle school tournament is still hanging on the wall of the coaches’ office at Ryle.

“We were unstoppable,” Yoman said. “We lost probably two or three games in two years and one of them was in the (tournament) championship.”

When Mike Engler became Ryle’s head coach last year, he was excited to learn that the high school team had a player development system in place that included a well-established middle school program.

“To be a successful high school program, you have to have a successful feeder program,” Engler said. “You can see the dividends of that paying off with these guys.”

Yowan and Selby are two of the 31 seniors on the Ryle roster this season. They’re both playing the same positions as they did when they started out with the Union Raiders six years ago. Since the middle school teams use the same offense and defensive sets as the Ryle varsity team, players get a firm grasp on their assignments and responsibilities.

ad“I’ve played the same position and done the exact same thing all along so nothing is unfamiliar to me,” Yowan said. “That’s what they said they were trying to do, get us all familiar with what we’re going to do in high school so that when we get here it’s not totally different.”

Nick Townsend played several positions coming up through the Ryle feeder system and will be a starting safety on the varsity team this season. He said the seniors have built a strong bond by being on the field together for so long.

“Almost everybody we started with is still here,” Townsend said. “We’ve been together a lot longer than we would have been had we just met when we were freshmen. We’ve been together since we were sixth-graders and that’s almost double the time. Everybody knows each other and what they can do.”

With their experienced senior class leading the way, the Ryle Raiders hope to get off to a better start than last year when they lost five of their first six games before making a late run and ending up with a 5-7 record. That won’t be easy to do because Covington Catholic, Lexington Catholic and Highlands are three of the first four opponents on Ryle’s schedule, but the seniors are looking forward to the challenge.

“We just need to work hard, do our jobs and know that the guy next to you is going to do his,” Selby said.

“Our freshman coach told us the other day he didn’t think there’s ever been a team here that’s worked harder than us,” Yowan said. “Hopefully, that reflects on this season and we do something really special.”


2014 SEASON: 5-7 record, lost in second round of Class 6A state playoffs.
THIS SEASON: Class 6A, District 5 with Conner, Cooper.
COACH: Mike Engler (5-7 in one season at Ryle).

Aug. 21 – at Covington Catholic, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 28 – at Lexington Catholic, 8:45 p.m.
Sept. 4 – BOONE COUNTY, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 – at Highlands, 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 – CAMPBELL COUNTY, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 – CLARK COUNTY, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 – at Cooper, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 – CONNER, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23 – at Simon Kenton, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 – at Dixie Heights, 7 p.m.

Ryle football welcomes new, veteran names on offense

James Weber,

UNION – Ryle High School was 5-7 last season for football coach Mike Engler, who completed his first season as a head coach after two decades of being the offensive coordinator at Lexington Catholic.

The second-year head man, who tutored a vast array of talented signal-callers as LexCath regularly put up impressive passing numbers, has two talented quarterbacks with great potential at his disposal this season.

Junior quarterback Tanner Morgan has created a buzz in the offseason after receiving scholarship offers from Louisville, Wake Forest and Cincinnati. If he’s the starting quarterback, expect junior Aaron O’Hara to still play a role as an athlete somewhere in the Raiders’ attack.

Morgan comes in with a lot of experience already as a two-year starter, having played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Hazard High School. In two seasons, he combined for nearly 5,000 yards passing and 56 touchdowns against only 16 interceptions. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior threw for 2,536 yards and 31 TDs last year in leading Hazard to a 10-3 record and a berth in the Class 1A state quarterfinals. The previous year, Hazard was 11-2 and reached the same round. Morgan completed 63 percent of his passes combined.

In limited snaps last year, O’Hara completed five passes for 158 yards last year, 31.6 yards per completion, with two touchdowns. He has drawn some Division I interest as well.

Grant Arnwine, who had the bulk of the receiving yardage last year, graduated.

Senior running back Collin England is poised for a monster season after rushing for 1,144 yards and nine touchdowns last year while dealing with multiple injuries.

Senior linebackers John Meiman and Tyler Selby should anchor the defense. Meiman, also a state champion wrestler, finished third on last year’s team with 96 tackles.

The development of the Raiders’ offensive and defensive lines will be crucial in determining their success against the top teams on their schedule, but having experience in the form of 31 seniors should help.

Ryle has tough tests to start the year, beginning at Covington Catholic Aug. 21 (5:30 p.m. kickoff), then Engler returns to his old stomping grounds as the Raiders play at Lexington Catholic Aug. 28. Ryle’s first home game is Sept. 4 against county rival Boone County.

In the newly reconfigured KHSAA alignment, Ryle is in Class 6A, District 5 with county rivals Conner and Cooper.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Coach Engler and wife Michelle celebrate the birth of daughter Lilllian Knox!

Congratulations to Coach Engler and Wife Michelle on the birth of their daughter Lillian Knox Engler born today at 2:25 pm and weighing in at 8lbs, 3oz. Coach Engler reports that Mom and Lillian Knox are doing GREAT!

Sunday, July 26, 2015


First, Congratulations to the Ryle football team for an excellent showing in both 7 on 7 competition and lineman challenge.  Thank you to all those parents and supporters that helped make this a very Big Success!  The Ryle football program received many accolades and thanks for the event.  This could not have been possible without the many of you that set up, broke down, picked up garbage, worked concessions, kept time and score and much, much more.  Thank you again!

Upcoming events:

Varsity/JV practice this week will be MondayTuesdayThursday & Friday (NO practice on Wednesday) at 8:00am.
Freshmen will practice MondayTuesday & Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:15pm (Freshmen need to arrive Monday at 4:00pm - NO practice on Wednesday).  Freshmen will practice Friday night during Raider Madness at approximately 9:00pm to 9:30pm.  I will send out an exact schedule later in the week. 

Raider Madness is this coming Friday!  Come out and celebrate the start of a New football season.  Activities will start around 8:00pm with the Raiders taking the field at Midnight.

Reminder:  Players need to sell their Discount Cards! 

We also have 1 more opportunity to raise $1000 for our football team.  We have the opportunity to work the Boone County fair again this year.  We will work parking for two nights Wednesday, August 12 and Thursday, August 13.  We need 20 (10 players and 10 parents) to work each night.  The times are5:00pm to about 8:00pm or 8:30pm.  Please, sign up at Raider Madness to work a night.

Thank you again for all your work and support!  We are on our way to a fun and exciting football season!



Monday, June 29, 2015


Congrats on a great June!  Tomorrow is the start of the KHSAA Dead Period (June 25 - July 9).  We start back on Friday July 10 and begin the final phase of preparation for what is shaping up to be a fun and exciting Raider football season!

I am attaching a dead period workout sheet from Coach Babik. 

I am also attaching spirit pack order forms. Orders end on July 28.  (Some players still need to pick up some spirit pack stuff when we return from the break).

We will return for workouts on July 10 (Night at the Races fundraiser is on the evening of July 10). The 7 on 7 tournament for July 10 was cancelled, but we are having workouts on that morning.  I am working to find us another tournament on either the 10th or 11th. 

Have a Great, Fun and Safe vacation break!

Coach Engler
Go Raiders

Senior Parents

Dear Senior Parents,

Hope summer is going well for everyone. I cannot believe that our boys our SENIORS!

It has happened so fast. And the first game will be here before we know it. I believe this year is

going to be a great season, and I believe it is going to fly by. I know we have sent a couple updates

out, and lots more will follow. This is a very special year for our boys. We like to do special things

and get them some special gifts to recognize them as Seniors. We will be having a meeting in the

next couple of weeks to go over the events throughout the season that we will be having for the

boys. Just to be clear most of these events and gifts are financed and done by us the parents for the

boys. Ryle parents have ALWAYS been responsible for these "Senior" gifts and events in the past.

Let me go ahead and explain a few of the events and the gifts for our Senior boys.

August 1st and 2

This is an all day and overnight camp at Coach Woolf's family farm

The boys and the Dads really enjoy this. It is not only great for Father/Son bonding, but it really

seems to bond the boys right before the beginning of the season.

The cost for this is $125.00 per family

That includes their food, drinks, and organized events that take place while there.

Rick Pogliano ( – (513)707.2043) will collect the money from the

parents for this event. He notes that cash is king but checks are acceptable.

Senior Gifts

In the previous years the Seniors have received gifts before every game. I have spoken to Moms

from the previous years and the cost really added up. So, I tried to pick out just a few "big" games

to try and keep the cost down.

It is very important that you know. In the past couple years the Senior classes have been half of the

size of the 2016 class. It is your choice, if you do not want to purchase a gift for your young man.

But you should know that they will receive these gifts on Friday in the locker room on GAME


This has been a very long standing tradition at Ryle. I am, and will do my very best to keep cost

down as much as possible.

Here are the games that have been chosen for gifts:

August 14th Bryan Station Game

It is a Scrimmage however it is the 1st game of the season

Therefore we will be giving boys a gift

The first gift that is given out is a Duffel Bag, with the Raider head, and the boys name and

number on it.

I have estimated the cost for this and I believe that with the amount of Seniors that we have I can

keep it under $25.00.

I know that Lowes is currently selling the duffel bags at $40.00, that is one of the reasons that I

wanted to let you know about Senior gifts so that you do not order two of them.

I will send another email out this week to let you know when money will be due for the bags and

the exact amount.


­ Father/Son Leadership Camp

Monday, May 11, 2015

Letter from Coach Engler

Players, Parents and Supporters,
Happy Mother's Day to all the Ryle football mothers! 
We just finished a successful and very good spring practice.  We are now moving into the summer part of the 2015 football season!  We are only 103 days from our opener against Covington Catholic.
Just a few reminders:
Lift-a-Thon money is due of this week!
There will be a TD Club meeting of this week in the field house at .  It is important that each player have a parent attend because we are going to be going over the summer schedule, upcoming activities and fundraisers.  There will be opportunities available for all parents and supporters to get involved!  Remember, WE NEED EVERYONE to pitch in for our season to be a success!   Please make plans to be there!!!!!  We will also have the new uniforms on hand for everyone to see!
I am attaching a summer calendar, but following are some hi-lighted dates:
= Youth Football Camp
= Dead Period
= Workouts Start back up!
= Fundraiser (TBA) Evening Event
July 23, 24, 25 = Ryle 7 on 7 Event (Will need All parents to work on July 24 and 25 to make this a success! (We want to show why the Ryle Football Program is one of the BEST in the STATE on and off the field!
July 31 = Raider Madness!
There will be a lot of other activities, such as community service events, etc... talked about at the meeting on Thursday!

Thank you in advance for your help in making Ryle Football the Best around!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

​Players, Parents and Raider Supporters,

​Players, Parents and Raider Supporters,

The RAC Sports Fest is Tuesday!  If you like UK Basketball, great speakers and Ryle athletics, we need your support of Ryle SportsFestTuesday night. Kenny Walker and Jack Givens are outstanding. Dave Collins will inspire everyone. Student tickets only $25. Adults $75/couple. Logan Ross will be recognized as our outstanding student/athlete. Checks payable to Raider Athletic Club. It's a great annual event on the last Tuesday of April! Support Ryle athletics and be inspired!  Please, email me for ticket information or I will be available before and after practice on Monday if you would like to purchase tickets.  Thank you for your support!

We just concluded the first week of spring practice.  It went really well!  Practice this week will be MondayWednesday and Friday!  All those going through spring practice will lift before practice this week.

Reminder:  Get your lift a thon donations taken care of.  Due date is May 13th!  Also, if you have not voted for the Raider Council, please stop by and see Coach Engler in the morning to cast your vote.  We will announce the Raider Council at practice tomorrow

Group 5 has water on Monday
Group 6 has water on Wednesday
Group 7 has water on Friday

SportsFest 2015 Information

Players, Parents, and football supporters,
Spring is here, which means football is right around the corner.  I want to first wish everyone a safe, fun and sunny spring break.  With spring, it also means it's time for the annual Raider Athletic Club Sports Fest. 
I have attached a flyer with details of the event.  Please note that the special guest will be former University of Kentucky stars, Kenny Walker and Jack Givens, along with Cincinnati Red Dave Collins. 
The Sports Fest is a fundraiser to raise money for Scholarships and athletic needs.  We need your help to make this a success.  Each team is asked to provide items for the silent auction, of which will be split equally between the team and RAC.  So, if anyone wishes to donate, please contact me at or at (859)333-8019.  You may also contact Roger Babik at or (859) 816-6087.
Please contact me if you wish to attend the event.  If you register prior to April 1st, there is a $5 discount.
Let's all come together to make the entire Ryle Community better!
Coach Engler

Don't forget Collinsworth Cause Flyer