It was not the kind of start you would expect against a team that is struggling to keep its football program alive.
Ryan held only an 8-0 lead over Temple, but exploded for 38 points in the second quarter and rolled to a 46-0 victory over the Tigers at Howell Field in Temple last Friday night.
The game ended at the half because of the 45-point mercy rule.
Temple, which has now lost 17 straight games over three seasons, had only 10 players suited up for the contest with the Cowboys.
The Cowboys return to Bob Givens Sports Complex Friday night for a 7:30 contest with Maysville.
The Warriors did not play last week and will come to Ryan with a 0-2 mark for 2018 having lost to Bray-Doyle and Paoli.
It will be Ryan’s homecoming game and the crowning of the homecoming queen will take place at 7 p.m.
Also, the school will be honoring the 1988 state runner up football team during halftime ceremonies.
No doubt the weather played a role in the slow beginning for the Cowboys as rain fell during much of the game and the field was a quagmire from rain that had fallen earlier in the week.
The determined Tigers might have gotten the Cowboys’ attention as they took the ball on an early drive and advanced methodically down the field to the Ryan 12.
Ryan’s defense stiffened, however, and took the ball over on downs to avoid the Tiger threat.
The Cowboys’ Grayson Tomberlin finally got the Cowboys on the board in the first quarter with a five-yard scoring jaunt. Skyler Parkhill added the two-point conversion and the Cowboys were in front, 8-0, with 4:54 left in the first quarter.
The Cowboys got things rolling in the second quarter and the scoring came fast and furious as the Cowboys scored three touchdowns in less than three minutes.
Parkhill got the first one on a one-yard run. Andrew Villerreal caught the two-point conversion pass to put Ryan in front, 16-0, with 11:08 to play.
At the 9:52 mark, Tomberlin added a 20-yard scoring run and after the two-point conversion pass fell incomplete Ryan was in front, 22-0, with 9:52 left in the half.
The Cowboys found paydirt again just 90 seconds later as Parkhill scored from nine yards out. Kalen Weldon caught the two-point conversion from Tomberlin and Ryan was in front 30-0 with 8:22 remaining in the half.
Ryan ended the game with a pair of scores in the final four minutes.
Parkhill caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Tomberlin and the sophomore quarterback ran for the two-point conversion to move the Cowboys in front, 38-0, with 4:20 left in the half.
With just two seconds showing on the clock, Parkhill got his fourth score of the night on a 25-yard pass from Tomberlin. Parkhill caught the two-point conversion pass from Tomberlin setting the final margin.
Tomberlin finished the game with 93 yards rushing on just eight attempts. He was also seven of 12 passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Villerreal was on the receiving end of three of the Tomberlin passes for 68 yards and Parkhill caught two for 55 yards and two scores. Kalen Weldon had the other two catches for 25 yards.
Defensively, Villerreal had his best game with eight stops and a fumble recovery. Gunner Phillips got his first interception of the year.
COWBOY CORRAL: The victory over Temple still leaves Ryan trailing in the long series with the Tigers, 49-31-5…The Cowboys have won three in a row over Temple for only the second time in this series….The longest winning streak for Ryan over Temple is four wins from 1990 to 1993….When Ryan was dominating eight-man football in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Temple was putting out good squads, too, including a state title team in 1989…The shut out recorded by the Cowboys in this game marks the second straight year Ryan has held the Tigers scoreless…You have to go back to the 20’s to find a time when Ryan was able to do that against Temple…In 1928 and 1929, Temple was held scoreless in back-to-back years and it included a 6-0 win and a 0-0 tie….The only other time this has happened was in 1922 and 1923 when Ryan recorded a 25-0 win and a 20-0 victory….Tomberlin is averaging just over 100 yards a game rushing as his 93 yards against the Tigers pushed him to 305 yards on the ground after three games…Tomberlin also has 372 yards passing in three games for 677 total yards of offense in three games…The two touchdown passes caught by Parkhill is the second most in a game in school history…The record of three TD receptions is held by three players – Ronnie Williams in 1971, Aaron Johnson in 1998 and Isaiah Wilson in 2009…The 46 points scored by the Cowboys is ninth highest total against Temple in the series.
Game In Figures
First Downs 12 7
Yards Rushing 15-145 21-70
Yards Passing 148 15
Passes 7-12 1-5
Passes Int. By 1 0
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-0
Punts 0-0 0-0
Penalties 3-20 7-55
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Ryan 8 38 x x-46
Temple 0 0 x x–0
RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 5 run (Skyler Parkhill run), 4:54
RYAN – Parkhill 1 run (Andrew Villerreal pass from Tomberlin), 11:08
RYAN – Tomberlin 20 run (pass failed), 9:52
RYAN – Parkhill 9 run (Kalen Weldon pass from Tomberlin), 8:22
RYAN – Parkhill 30 pass from Tomberlin (Tomberlin run), 4:20
RYAN – Parkhill 25 pass from Tomberlin (Parkhill pass from Tomberlin), :03
RYAN – Rushing: Grayson Tomberlin 8-93, Skyler Parkhill 6-38, Gunner Phillips 1-14; Passing: Tomberlin 7-12-0-148; Receiving: Andrew Villerreal 3-68, Parkhill 2-55, Kalen Weldon 2-25; Tackles: Villerreal 8, Parkhill 7, Tomberlin 6, Walter Snider 5, Justin Williams 4, Sam Brown 4, Pacen Wiest 4, Trey Bryant 2, Weldon 1.