RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Several players had wonderful individual performances in Week 1, but few had the impact on the outcome of a game that Douglas Freeman’s Andrew Ryan did.
With the game tied in the third quarter, Ryan booted a 44-yard field goal to give the tenth-ranked Rebels the lead over James River. With less than four minutes to play and Freeman trailing the Rapids 14-10, Ryan turned a wide receiver screen into the eventual game-winning touchdown. The Rebels scored two late touchdowns to take the game 31-14, but Ryan almost single-handedly switched the game’s momentum from one sideline to the other.
According to Head Coach Mike Henderson, Ryan also kicked six touch backs, preventing the Rapids from getting any sort of return game going. As the team’s punter, Ryan punted seven times for a 39-yard average. He also played defensive back.
Henderson said Ryan had asked to do more than kick this year, and the decision to allow him to do so has made a huge difference for Freeman just two games in.