Rider has wins against winners

Andy Newberry
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Senior Bubba Mathis (center), shown against Lake Dallas, led Wichita Falls High with 36 receptions.

Patrick Johnston/Times Record News Senior Bubba Mathis (center), shown against Lake Dallas, led Wichita Falls High with 36 receptions.

Patrick Johnston/Times Record News
Senior Bubba Mathis (center), shown against Lake Dallas, led Wichita Falls High with 36 receptions.

Patrick Johnston/Times Record News Senior Bubba Mathis (center), shown against Lake Dallas, led Wichita Falls High with 36 receptions.

Even with four teams from each district going to the playoffs, it's mostly winning teams that you must face once you get there.

It shouldn't be anything new for the Rider Raiders, who didn't face a single team with a losing record until the final two weeks of the season.

Rider (8-2) ran off a six-game winning streak against five teams with winning records and 5-5 Brewer. The losses came to 8-2 Abilene Cooper, a 5A playoff team, and 8-2 Denton Guyer, one of the Class 4A Division I favorites.

That's a sharp contrast to Fort Worth Dunbar, which will face Rider at 7:30 Friday at Clark Field.

The 5-5 Wildcats will be hoping for their first win over a winning team all year. The five teams they've beaten have a combined 10-40 record and they allowed just 11 points per game in those contests.

But Dunbar lost all five games to opponents with winning records and allowed 41.6 points per game in those losses.

Dunbar accomplished something by finishing in the top half of District 6-4A as it is competing with a Class 3A enrollment number of 786.5. The Wildcats do quite well competing above their numbers on the basketball court, too.

Playoff tickets are available pre-sale ($4 students, $6 adults) at Rider High School and will be $7 at the gate.

Numbers game

Rider finished the regular season with 36 rushing touchdowns after collecting six of them in Friday's 49-0 win over Wichita Falls High School. The Rider defense has allowed just 12 TDs on the ground.

Jered Hasty caught his first career TD pass from Chase London on Friday. He is the fifth receiver to score.

Chase London, who will likely be leaned on the most at quarterback in the playoffs, hit 6 of 8 passes and now is completing 67 percent of his passes on the year.

Davon Allison did it all with 49 yards receiving, 40 yards rushing and 14 yards passing in the latest win.

Domanic Thrasher's three rushing TDs give him 15 on the year. He also posted another 100-yard game as did teammate Carlos Fleeks.

The Coyotes finished with an average of 258 yards per game on offense. There were attempts at a running game (65.5 yards per game), but most of it was still through the air with 192 yards per game.

Rider has 16 interceptions after getting four on Friday night. The Raiders have allowed only six TD passes.

Mathis stays positive to the end

Bubba Mathis was about the only returnee from the Coyotes' record-setting passing attack from 2011. And while the breakout games weren't there this year, Mathis did lead WFHS with 36 catches for 548 yards.

As a sophomore, Mathis caught a school-record 16 passes in one game. He had a 219-yard game as a junior. And he was always a threat on kick returns.

The brother of former Midwestern State standout BeeJay Mathis is hoping to stay somewhat close to home. He said Tarleton State is a good possibility for him.

After catching two passes for 45 yards against Rider, Mathis said some of the young receivers who played with him this year havse a bright future.

"We were a little young this year but I won't blame it on the sophomores because they gave us their best," Mathis said. "Everybody was trying, but we couldn't really execute. But they're going to have a bright future. They don't ever give up. See right now, they still have their heads up high. We always said that win, lose or draw we were going to keep our heads high. Once a Coyote, always a Coyote."

Mathis isn't done with high school sports. He plans to help the basketball team with everything he's got.

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Melkor writes:

Here we go again! Rider is going to play a bunch of losing teams in the playoffs and the TRN is going to build them up like they're the best in the northern half of Texas only to see them fall when they finally play one of those teams that can defend against the "single-wing." Maybe, just maybe, when the UIL realigns districts they will move these consistent winners of regional semi-finals to a district worthy of their mettle…like the one with Aledo?

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1. Ben Davis, Graham (2,690Yds, 28TDs)
2. Chase London, Rider (2,389Yds, 28TDs)
3. Taylor Thomas, Olney (2,303Yds, 11TDs)
4. Zach Barton, Seymour (2,036Yds, 31TDs)


Rushing:

1. D. J. Thomas, Jacksboro (1,488Yds, 20TDs)
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3. Michael Bishop, Electra (1,281Yds, 17TDs)
4. Marquis Askew, Burkburnett (1,254Yds, 8TDs)


Receiving:

1. Davon Allison, Rider (1,366Yds, 14TDs)
2. Bryce Reeves, Graham (1,043Yds, 11TDs)
3. Mike Clark, Olney (910Yds, 5TDs)
4. Dalton Jackson, City View (675Yds, 7TDs)
5. Cody Adams, Seymour (670Yds, 8TDs)


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8. Garrett Johnson, Jacksboro (112)
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3. Daytona Politakis, Nocona (7)
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5. Cody Fletcher, Henrietta (7)
6. Garrett Johnson, Jacksboro (9)
7. Baltazar Castro, Seymour (6)
8. Logan Carter, Henrietta (6)
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