I have a feeling the Rider Raiders are going to win Region I-4A.
I didn’t necessarily think that for much of the season. I wasn’t sure if their defense was sturdy enough.
But maybe it is. That maybe was a certainly last week and really the defense has been pretty good since the Little Elm game.
Lake Dallas had a big second half against Rider, a game the Raiders nearly let get away. But Lake Dallas is about as talented as they come on offense.
Rider is the third-rated team in Region I-4A Division I by pigskinprep.com. They are 2 points behind Midway and 4 behind Ryan. I don’t know much about Midway yet, but I think the Raiders would beat Ryan if given a fourth chance in two years. And it should be at Memorial should that happen.
Football is a team sport but you need big-time players to win big-time games. I think Dylan McDorman is playing the best football of his career. The Rider noseguard is simply dominating right now.
And J.T. Barrett won’t always win the stat-sheet game, but he’s a big-time player. And I think he’ll come through big-time in at least one close playoff game. He’s been in more tight games than most guys his age that’s for sure.
With those two on their side and a good offensive line the Raiders can go where no Rider team has gone before and claim a Region I championship.