Ryan running back Emani Bailey (9) carries the ball and scores a touchdown against Granbury at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex on Thursday.

Ryan rolled up 517 yards on Thursday, and that was just by halftime.

The result was a convincing 56-19 win over Granbury in a Class 5A Division I playoff opener at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. Emani Bailey rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns on four carries while Alabama pledge Drew Sanders caught three passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

Billy Bowman Jr., a Texas commit, added a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown and had 82 receiving yards with another score. Seth Henigan completed 12 of his 17 passes for 330 yards and three scores.

The Raiders (11-0) turned to their backups after halftime and finished the game with 659 total yards.

They’ll play the winner of El Paso Eastwood and Lubbock Coronado next week in the area round.

“Coming into the playoffs, it’s a different mindset. We’re 0-0, and we’re just having fun out here as a team,” Bailey said. “Everybody is back healthy, and we were very effective. We’re just doing what we do best, which is win.”

Ryan left little doubt which direction this game would go. Bailey scored on a 4-yard run 52 seconds into the game. Sanders followed not even five minutes later by hauling in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Henigan. After Granbury’s next drive stalled, Bowman returned the ensuing punt 54 yards for another score to extend the lead to 21-0 with 4:43 left in the first quarter.

The Raiders scored four more times before Granbury finally got on the scoreboard late in the first half. That surge was highlighted by a 79-yard touchdown pass from Henigan to Sanders and a 54-yard touchdown strike to Bowman.

Sandwiched in between that was a 54-yard touchdown run by Bailey.

Bailey’s third touchdown run came from 30 yards out and pushed Ryan’s lead to 56-7 at the half.

Overall, Ryan pieced together a balanced attack that saw it rack up 378 yards through the air with 10 different receivers while adding 281 more yards on the ground. Ke’ori Hicks, who has been nursing an injury, returned to the lineup and added 66 yards and a 22-yard touchdown run on five carries.

Devin Ramirez came in off the bench in the second half and finished with 94 rushing yards.

“We did what we should have done,” Ryan coach Dave Henigan said. “We dominated at half, and a lot of people got to play in the second half. They loaded up the box and gave us some easy throws, so we took it. Ke’ori ran well, and so did Emani. And we were flying around on defense. There were a lot of good things tonight.”

Ryan 56, Granbury 19







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DR — Emani Bailey 4 run (Riley Nuzzo kick)

DR — Drew Sanders 30 pass from Seth Henigan (Riley Nuzzo kick)

DR — Billy Bowman Jr. 54 punt return (Riley Nuzzo kick)

DR — Keori Hicks 22 run (Riley Nuzzo kick)

DR — Drew Sanders 79 pass from Seth Henigan (Riley Nuzzo kick)

DR — Emani Bailey 54 run (Riley Nuzzo kick)

DR — Billy Bowman Jr. 54 pass from Seth Henigan (Riley Nuzzo kick)

GB — Tristan Morris 4 pass from Austin Jinkerson (Logan Moore kick)

DR — Emani Bailey 30 run (Riley Nuzzo kick)

GB — Clayton Kracy 2 run (kick failed)

GB — Mateo Tort 42 interception return (pass failed)




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Rushing — DR: Emani Bailey 4-108, Devin Ramirez 5-94, Keori Hicks 5-66, Seth Henigan 1-8, Drew Sanders 1-5, JOHN HUTCHINSON 1-3, Julian Herrera 1--1, Martin Rodriguez 2--2, GB: Zach Watson 17-73, Clayton Kracy 8-45, Nick Buckler 2-11, Austin Jinkerson 9--24.

Passing — DR: Seth Henigan 12-17-0-330, Martin Rodriguez 8-13-1-43, Trevor Morgan 1-2-0-5, GB: Austin Jinkerson 14-26-0-90, Cordel Gibson 1-1-0-71.

Receiving — DR: Drew Sanders 3-128, Billy Bowman Jr. 3-82, Del’Shun Neal 3-40, Emani Bailey 1-39, Ja’Tavion Sanders 1-29, Josh Watts 5-23, Aaron Dixon 1-14, Keori Hicks 1-12, Jack Hines 2-10, Keegan Cunningham 1-1, GB: Tristan Morris 3-92, Pete Brown 4-27, Dalton Loter 3-15, Jay Shero 1-9, Ethan Gustafson 2-9, Cordel Gibson 1-8, Clayton Kracy 1-1. 

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 469-360-3611 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.

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