A year ago the Ryan Cowboys traveled to Caddo and a rally fell short in a narrow loss, but in 2018 Caddo would not permit a Cowboy rally.
The Bruins scored 25 unanswered points in the second half and rolled to a 57-26 victory over the Cowboys on the Bruins’ home field last Thursday night.
The game was moved to Thursday to prevent playing in inclement weather and it proved to be a wise decision as many Friday night games were postponed to last Saturday or Monday.
The Cowboys will enjoy a bye week this week since they played in Zero Week. Ryan will begin district play when they return to the gridiron a week from Friday as Empire will come to Bob Givens Sports Complex.
The contest at Caddo started off well for the Cowboys as Grayson Tomberlin found Skyler Parkhill on a 21-yard touchdown pass. Parkhill ran for the two points and Ryan held an 8-0 lead with 5:29 left in the first quarter.
The Bruins answered and tied the score at the 2:56 mark of the first quarter. John Holbrook connected on the first of his five touchdown passes to put Caddo on the board. Chisolm Booth caught the touchdown pass and Avrey Brown grabbed the two-point conversion pass to knot the score at 8-8.
Ryan came back on its next drive to get a score. Travis Fristoe got the touchdown on a nine-yard run, but the two-point conversion failed and Ryan held a 14-8 lead with 39 seconds to play in the first quarter.
The second quarter proved to be the Cowboys’ downfall. Caddo scored three times and all three were touchdown passes by Holbrook. Booth, Brown and Payton Brewer were on the receiving end of the scores.
The first score came at the 8:26 mark and the play covered 42 yards. Brown was on the receiving end of the two-point conversion pass to put Caddo in front, 16-14.
Caddo got its second score with 1:37 to play before intermission and the pass to Brown covered four yards. Brown also caught the two-point conversion pass giving Caddo a 22-14 advantage.
The Cowboys then failed to cover an onside kick attempt by the Bruins and Caddo made the Cowboys pay with a 60-yard touchdown pass to Brewer. Cameron McClain ran for the two points to put Caddo in front, 30-14, with 1:25 left before intermission.
Ryan was able to trim the margin in the final seconds of the second quarter as they quickly drove down the field and Tomberlin scored on a two-yard run as the clock expired. The run for two points failed leaving Ryan trailing, 32-20.
The Cowboys started the second half like the first half. Ryan was able to get another score as Tomberlin found Parkhill for a 67-yard touchdown completion. A run for two points failed, but the Cowboys had cut the margin to 32-26 midway through the third quarter.
That would be final score of the night for the Cowboys.
Caddo answered the Cowboy threat with three touchdowns in the final 4:58 of the third quarter to give the Bruins a 50-26 lead heading into the final quarter.
Late in the fourth quarter the Bruins tacked on another score as Hunter Speers ran six yards for a score and Holbrook kicked the extra point for Caddo to set the final margin.
Turnovers played a key role in the contest as that thwarted many Ryan drives. The Cowboys lost three fumbles and had one interception.
The Cowboys also had trouble converting third downs. Ryan was only two of 11 on third down conversions, while Caddo was nine of 12.
Caddo rolled up 502 total yards on offense, but the Cowboys managed to record 465 yards of offense and both teams averaged 8.2 yards per play.
COWBOY NOTES: The 57 points scored by the Bruins marks the most points scored against Ryan in this eight-game series that dates back to 1970…The previous high by Caddo was 36 points in a 36-20 victory over Ryan in 1972…The series is now tied at 4-4 and Caddo has won three straight games from the Cowboys….The 83 points scored between the two teams is the highest number of points scored in the eight games the Bruins and Cowboys have played…This marked the second straight game Tomberlin has passed for over 200 yards in a game…Parkhill’s 189 receiving yards tied the school record for most yards receiving in a game…Parkhill set the new mark in the previous week’s victory over Maysville….Four different Caddo receivers caught touchdown passes in the game…The 502 yards of offense by Caddo is the sixth highest total by a Ryan opponent in school history.
Game in Figures
First Downs 19 24
Yards Rushing 39-246 41-260
Yards Passing 219 242
Passes 8-18 14-20
Passes Int. By 1 1
Fumbles Lost 3-3 1-1
Punts 1-29 1-36
Penalties 6-35 5-30
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Ryan 14 6 6 0–26
Caddo 8 24 18 7–57
RYAN – Skyler Parkhill 21 pass from Grayson Tomberlin (Parkhill run), 5:29
CADDO – Chisolm Booth 18 pass from Jack Holbrook (Avrey Brown pass from Holbrook), 2:56
RYAN – Travis Fristoe 9 run (pass failed), :39
CADDO – Booth 42 pass from Holbrook (Brown pass from Holbrook), 8:26
CADDO – Brown 4 pass from Holbrook (Brown pass from Holbrook), 1:37
CADDO – Payton Brewer 60 pass from Holbrook (Cameron McClain run), 1:25
RYAN – Tomberlin 2 run (pass failed), :00
RYAN – Parkhill 67 pass from Tomberlin (run failed), 6:40
CADDO – Hunter Speers 7 pass from Holbrook (pass failed), 4:58
CADDO – Dalton Johnson 5 run (pass failed), 3:11
CADDO – Michael Creel 53 run (run failed), :54
CADDO – Speers 6 run (Holbrook kick), 3:20
RYAN – Rushing: Parkhill 12-96, Tomberlin 17-93, Fristoe 9-57, Gunner Phillips 1-0; Passing: Tomberlin 8-18-219-1; Receiving: Parkhill 4-189, Kalen Weldon 2-6, Andrew Villarreal 1-18, Fristoe, 1-6; Tackles: Fristoe 5, Pacen Wiest 3.5, Parkhill 3, Villarreal 2, Weldon 2, Justin Williams 2, Phillips 1.5, Braden Jackson 1, Tomberlin 1, Trey Bryant 1, Sam Brown 1.