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Ryan ready to look past injury-plagued 2015 season

RYAN, OK (KSWO) - A 1-9 season is never the type of season a football team wants to have. Ryan dealt with that exact situation, but part of it was not by their choice having lost five starters during their scrimmages and first game. The 2016 version of Ryan football refuses to go through that again.

Head Coach Stanley Mueggenborg says, “We survived last year. There were some teams that were worried about that we might not be able to make it through the remainder of the season. But we did though, and I didn’t have any problem knowing that. This year we’ve got a lot of talent. Especially got a lot of talent in the backfield. But we’ve got to stay healthy.”

The team is led by a new starting quarterback in junior Michael Gore. He replaces Grant Carter. A talented athlete that was a leader in every sense of the word.

“A lot of times he set there and he played when we only had ten or eleven players. I remember one time we were only down to one sub on the sideline. Grant moved different positions and everything and stuff. Grant was a real versatile player,” states Mueggenborg. “With Michael coming in and playing quarterback this year, he’s a smart young man. He knows how to run the offense. I always believe the quarterback needs to know what every person’s doing on every play. From the different defenses that are run against us and everything. He’s capable of doing that.”

“It’s a little bit of a change, but not too much. I did it a lot in junior high, but high school is a lot faster and harder,” says junior Quarterback Michael Gore. “I’m sure I will do pretty good. We’ll do pretty good as a team, and I think we’ve got a good chance of being fairly well this year.”

The Cowboys plan to stick with a physical run game to get them wins. Gore will be expected to get a few carries, but they will also look toward one of the team’s two seniors, Robert Lewis, and sophomore Skylar Parkhill to tally yards in the backfield.

“They have great vision. They can see the hole. Can see where they have to make the cuts and stuff like that. And I just feel like they…they can only get better and better each week,” explains Mueggenborg.

Gore says, “They’re doing fairly well right now. We’ve actually done pretty good I think for first two weeks. If we keep it going, we can be pretty well.”

Ryan kicks their season off September 2nd at Thackerville.

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