Carr. Newman Smith gets test in Denton Ryan


7 p.m. Friday at Standridge Stadium

When we saw them last: Denton Ryan clobbered Sulphur Springs, 25-9, on national television behind another strong performance by its defense. Newman Smith couldn’t keep pace with a solid 5A team in Keller Central, losing 33-7.

2010 result: A year after its breakout season, Newman Smith fell into an 0-2 hole thanks to a 42-17 loss to Ryan, which showed no signs of lacking for offense after losing QB Scotty Young and WR Bud Sasser.

What’s at stake: Offensive progress. The question for Ryan again this year is its offense. The unit will need to make strides each week for the Raiders to get back to the state title game. Newman Smith didn’t exactly light it up last week and will face one of the best defenses in the state in Ryan.

Key matchup: Ryan’s running game vs. Newman Smith’s defense. If the Trojans are going to stay in this game, they’ll need to keep Ryan from lighting up the scoreboard.

Players to watch: Ryan QB Kevin Carpenter may be the difference between Ryan being a very good team and being a great team. Newman Smith RB Tripp Abbot does a little bit of everything for the Trojans.

Prediction: Denton Ryan 45, Newman Smith 10.