The senior has taken the reins of an offense known mostly
for the run and turned it into one of the Inter Mountain Athletic Conference's
(IMAC) top offensive teams, shredding the school's passing records as a junior
and using his senior season as gravy. He passed for 2,038 yards this past
season, falling just short of capturing the IMAC lead in passing.
For his efforts, Ryans was recently named the IMAC's
Offensive Player of the Year on the all-conference team. He has passed for more
than 6,000 yards in his Cherokee career, breaking Marty Euverard's career passing record and then some.
Ryans added rushing to his repituire this year, finishing
sixth in the IMAC with 647 rushing yards. He is being courted by Eastern
Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Virginia-Wise and Austin Peay for his football
"Ty has done a really good job for us," Cherokee assistant
coach Ryan Lawson said, "He stepped up and become more of a leader (this
season). We're really proud of him."
"The seniors have played well, without a doubt, as they have
done all year," Cherokee coach Mike Sivert said, "This has been a good bunch to
stay with us and put all four years in.
Also named to the first-team All-IMAC were senior slotback
Cole Russell and wide receiver Tanner Trent. Russell produced as a running back
this year following injuries his junior campaign, rushing for 579 yards. Trent,
a junior, led the IMAC with 42 catches and 790 yards.
Second-team awards went to senior receiver Ethan Hagood, offensive
lineman Brian Dyer and defensive back Andrew Testerman. Hagood was seventh in
the conference with 29 receptions for 505 yards. Dyer did his part to keep
pressure off Ryans while Testerman recovered several fumbles, including one
against Morristown West in the season's third game that gave the Chiefs a
chance for victory in a game Cherokee lost 31-26.
"The (senior class) were small on numbers, but great on
heart.," Sivert said, "They have been leaders all the way through and have done
a super job of motivating not only themselves, but their teammates. You can
listen to other kids and I bragged on them. I really bragged on their
chemistry, the way that there were no jealousy, no problems, they've bonded
together well. That's just something I've not had the opportunity to see in all
the years I've coached. They always get along well, personality-wise, they're
unselfish. They're a true brotherhood of caring for each other."