Scotty Young Ready for Showdown with Guyer

The Denton Ryan Raiders are preparing for a showdown with the #2-ranked Guyer Wildcats, who currently sit atop the standings in Region 1 District 5-4A. Despite coming in as the underdogs, Ryan quarterback and Texas Tech commit Scotty Young is confident in his team's ability and is focused on pulling off the upset. RaiderPower.com talked with Young about his thoughts on the upcoming game.

Denton Ryan quarterback Scotty Young is having a season for the record books. In his third game of the season against McKinney, Young threw for 550 yards, a school record, and tied the Texas state record of eight touchdowns in a game. The Raiders beat McKinney 70-63 in a shootout.

On the season, Young has thrown for 2903 yards and 39 touchdowns, an average of 322 yards and four touchdowns per game. Additionally, he's only thrown six interceptions this season.

While putting up big numbers and breaking records is exciting for Scotty, he says his main focus is on winning district and advancing in the playoffs.

"Our season is going well," Scotty told RaiderPower.com. "We're working really hard. We've only lost one game this season, and we have a big one coming up this week against Denton Guyer. They're undefeated, so this game will determine who wins district.

"As far as the playoffs, I feel like we can do really well and go far if we just keep working hard and stay focused."

Young says he's noticed improvement in himself as well as his teammates from last year, two of the main factors to which he attributes their success.

"I feel good about my year so far. I felt bad about the game we lost, but overall, I think I'm having a good year. I'm moving around in the pocket better when a lineman misses a block and I need to get away from pressure."

While his main focus is on winning football games, Scotty has been keeping up with Texas Tech where he committed in March. He recently took an official visit to Lubbock for the A&M game, which got him very excited about becoming a Red Raider.

"I had a good visit. [Fellow commits] Beau Carpenter, Jackson Richards, and I talked a lot. I had a really good time with them and felt like we got along well. Besides the fact that the game didn't go that well, I felt like it was a really good visit.

"It was neat to see that there are tons of playmakers on offense. Tech spreads the ball a lot and doesn't really feature one receiver or anything. It just makes me excited to get down there and start working with them."

The fact that the Red Raiders started a redshirt freshman in quarterback Seth Doege last week has not escaped Scotty's attention and should serve as a motivating factor for the young gunslinger.

"It's been kind of a crazy year with the first two quarterbacks getting hurt. I think it just shows that you have to be ready at all times. I feel like I just need to come in and work really hard, and hopefully good things will happen."

Overall, Young has been impressed with the Red Raiders' season and says he is quite confident in his decision to commit.

"I think Tech's having a pretty good year. It seems like the team feeds off of the quarterback's performance. If the quarterback does well, it seems like the defense plays well and that everything just kind of stems from that. The team is basing off of the quarterback. There have been a couple of disappointing games, but overall I think it's shaping up to be a good season.

"On the recruiting front, it's been pretty quiet. I haven't really talked to anybody else or gotten any other offers. I'm pretty solid on Tech. I plan on coming out to visit again at least once or twice after football season is over."

In addition to keeping up with the current Texas Tech squad, Young has been keeping tabs on the 2010 commitment class. He was especially excited about the two Florida wide receivers the Red Raiders landed over the summer, Kadron Boone and Shawn Corker.

"It's pretty exciting to see that Tech has been able to land such good wide receiver recruits [in Boone and Corker]. It will be really big time if the team can hold on to both of them.

"I've been talking to them every now and then, and I've seen film on them. They're both really talented and will be big additions to the team. I'm just really excited to get down there to start working hard and see what we can do."

Denton Ryan will face Guyer on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.



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