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Friday, July 26, 2013

2013 Snapshot: Ryle

By Greg Shoemaker | Featured Analyst

The Ryle football team hit rock bottom to end the 2012 season losing their last five games. The Raiders weren’t mentally in it down the stretch and that is a situation the head coach Bryson Warner plans to rectify this fall. Ryle was no longer the tough team that knocked their opponent around, a style that their fans had grown accustomed to seeing on Friday nights under Warner’s guidance.

Now it is time to turn the page and start a new era. There will be plenty of opportunities for young and upcoming players to make their mark for the Raiders. The only place this program can head is up and we expect to see a better effort in the season ahead.

Class 6A, District 6

2012 RECORD: 3-8, 1-3 Class 6A, District 6
COACH: Bryson Warner (71-49 @ Ryle, 71-41 overall, 10 years)

Lex Sowards, SR, OL – The 6-foot-2, 280 pound Sowards is the heart and soul of the Ryle o-line. He has verbally committed to Indiana State where he’ll continue his football career as a member of the Sycamores.

Jonah Ashcraft, SR, DL – Expect even more out of Ashcraft as a senior after getting in on 20 total tackles and a sack last fall.

David Aulick, SR, RB – Aulick should see his role out of the backfield increase as a senior.

Alex Brownell, JR, LB – The team's leading returning tackler Brownell had 51 in his first year as a varsity starter.

Ryan Hill, SR, RB/DB – A healthy Hill will be a focal point of the Raiders offense. He has run for 707 yards and six touchdowns at the varsity level.

Jacob Lamping, SR, DE – A solid junior year saw Lamping get in on 41 tackles and register a sack.

Shazaad Mann, SR, DL – Mann is primed for a big senior campaign. He had 40 total tackles with 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in 2012.

Kevin Walker, SR, TE – At 6-foot-3 and over 200 pounds Walker is a dual threat as a receiver and a blocker.

Nathan Winegardner, SR, DE – A year to get bigger and stronger will allow Winegardner to improve upon his 30 total tackles junior year.

Ryan Woolf, SR, LB- Woolf was in on 20 total tackles and recovered a fumble as a junior.

A pair of state runner-ups from 2012, Cooper (5A) and Scott County (6A) kick off the season for Ryle. Then two of the Tri-state’s top quarterbacks, Sycamore’s Greg Simpson and Conner’s Drew Barker, invade Borland Stadium in Weeks 3 and 4. To say the Raiders will have their hands full is an understatement...FULL SCHEDULE

Last fall Ryle scored 14 points or fewer seven times and in 11 outings and they were shut out twice. The Raiders only scored four touchdowns in a game once all year.

Head coach Bryson Warner begins his second decade as the Raiders head coach. He led the program to a Class 6A state runner-up appearance in 2006 and a state semi-final four showing in 2012. In each of those years the team won a school record 12 games. The Raiders are 10-10 in the postseason with Warner at the helm. Last fall was the first time the Raiders failed to win at least five games in season under his guidance.

Greg is a co-founder of TSF and is now entering his ninth season as a Featured Analyst for the website. The Xavier University grad also serves as the Content Manager for the website and is widely considered one of the top high school football experts in the region. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.
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