Rayno rolling up yards (and TDs) while silencing doubters
All the Raynos are superior athletes. Folks around Logan County and Russellville can attest to that fact. Ryan has an older brother playing college baseball for Lindsey Wilson. Will Ryan join the “other Rayno” in Columbia, Kentucky? We think he will have that option.Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball’s Senior Scout
An outfit called “Sportchart” recently documented the average height and weight of different players at different positions across all sports both known and loved by the general consumer. The outfit listed the “typical” height and weight of a RB to be 5’11,” 220-pounds.
Barry Sanders, a NFL Hall of Famer at the position, was 5’8,” 200-pounds. Walter Payton (Sweetness) was 5’10,” 200 pounds and Emmitt Smith was 5’9,” 216 pounds. You catch our drift.
Where does that leave Ryan Rayno, ’23, who plays RB for the Logan County Cougars in Class 4A, in the first district? Rayno is 6’3,” and weighs 190-pounds and he is playing RB at a very high level.
For our money it leaves him among the best at his position in the 4A classification across Kentucky. The statistics bear this out.
Rayno, as a junior, helped lead his team to the 4A semis. Along the way he gained 1,173-yards in only 154-carries, 14 of those going for TDs.
Rayno is on pace to turn in an even bigger year this season. Right now, Rayno, through two games, has gained 332-yards on 36-carries with 6-rushing TDs. This past Friday night, against Christian County High (5A), the senior gained 212-yards in 17-carries with 6-rushing TDs.
Any RB would be proud of 166-yards a night, over 9-yards per rushing attempt, and a TD every 6th carry. That is a torrid pace to set coming out of the starter’s gate 2-0 in this very young season.
As for college prospects, there are numerous schools showing tons of interest in the long, tall, drink of water having such a good year running the football in ’22 to date. Lindsey Wilson is eyeing this player’s progression as it Hanover College and several others.
Ryan has a brother on the diamond in Columbia, Kentucky playing for LWC. Will little brother be joining him? We will have to wait and see.
For now, the Cougars brace for a visit from a Russellville team which played for the 1A title a year ago and narrowly lost to Almighty Pikeville on Kroger Field. That was then, this is now. Russellville (0-2) has dropped consecutive games, and by large margins, to both Butler County and Glasgow.
Glasgow is a traditional power. Butler County is not.
The three game stretch, after the Panthers leave the “friendly confines,” will tell Cougar fans most of what it wants to know. The Cougars get Franklin-Simpson, Greenwood, and Hopkinsville over the next three weeks.
The Wildcats (F-S) are a traditional power looking to reclaim prior seasonal glory. Greenwood is an emerging power in the second district of 5A. Hopkinsville seems like it has a talented roster but is entering its third game this coming Friday night having not scored a single point on the season.
Hoptown opened on the road at Ballard followed by Mighty Mayfield the following week. Lots of teams would struggle offensively at such sites.
How good are the Cougars? We believe we are going to learn in very short order. One thing appears apparent, there is a long, tall, drink of water in the backfield opponents are learning doesn’t go down too easily.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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