Fortune favors the bold.
Fortune favors the bold. But on Friday night in Ryan, history shined down on the black and gold. For the first time since 1992, the Wilson Eagles will be hosting a first round playoff game, after defeating the Ryan Cowboys 68-22, assuring them second place in District B-4, moving them to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in district play. The playoff berth is the first for the Eagles since 2016, when they played their first year as an eight-man program. Wilson will finish the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Skinny Stewart Stadium against the Bray-Doyle Donkeys. “We knew we were in the drivers seat after we beat Empire,” Wilson coach Kenny Ridley said. “Before this game we had challenged the kids to shift their focus to possibly hosting a playoff game. They responded with our best offensive performance of the season so far.” “Our crowd was great at Ryan and our fans are ready for this special occasion,” Ridley added. “We’re planning on a packed house for Senior Night this Friday against Bray-Doyle. We’re not 100 percent sure who we will get in the playoffs yet, but we’ll be ready no matter who it is.” Less than two minutes into the game, Wilson got on the board. Hayden Mantooth rushed 27-yards for the touchdown, before Logan Schaaf converted the two-point conversion to make it 8-0. Schaaf then connected with Shane Honea for a 64-yard touchdown pass, before Schaaf found Axson Hunziker for the two-point conversion to make it 16-8. Ryan then struck back with a 45-yard touchdown run from Grayson Tomberlin, before the two-point conversion was added by Jonathan Clark. Wilson though had an immediate response as Mantooth got his second touchdown of the night, this time from 24 yards out to make it 22-8. Schaaf got his second touchdown pass of the game in the second quarter as he found Hunter Wyatt from 24 yards out before connecting with Shane Honea for the two-point conversion. Clark got a touchdown for Ryan from four yards out to make it 30-14, before Schaaf got this third touchdown pass of the night, this time finding Kaden Barron for a 61-yard catch and run, before connecting with Tommy Wright for the two-point conversion. Just before halftime Schaaf found Honea for a 15-yard touchdown pass before finding Mantooth for the two-point conversion. Hunter Wyatt put Wilson on the brink of victory in the third quarter as he pushed his way in from one yard out, before Tomberlin kept Ryan alive momentarily with a 62 yard touchdown run. But a six yard rushing touchdown from Schaaf combined with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Barron to Honea along with a two-point conversion, ended the game with 36 seconds left in the third quarter. Wilson totaled 516 yards of offense in the game, while holding Ryan to 304 for the game. Schaaf finished the game 10-of-15 passing for 257 yards and four touchdowns, while Mantooth ran the ball 12 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Honea was the top receiver for the Eagles with six catches for 214 yards and three touchdowns.