The undefeated West Mesquite Wranglers left Royse City ISD Stadium still undefeated after they posted a 41-3 win over the previously undefeated Royse City Bulldogs.
A packed house for homecoming witnessed an offensive powerhouse score more points on the Bulldogs’ defense than the combined output of Royse City’s first three opponents.
Crowned the homecoming king was Eric Mikulski with Lexie Hartnett selected as the queen.
Explosive tailback Curtis Williams rushed for 250 yards on 15 carries to lead West Mesquite. Williams added one touchdown to his night’s resume and kept the Bulldog defense on its heels as the Wranglers put up massive offensive numbers.
A pass from quarterback Conner Neill to JuJu Hargrave with 8:03 to play in the first quarter gave the Wranglers a 6-0 lead. The point after attempt failed.
Williams added his touchdown in the second period on a 71-yard run and Neal Johnson caught a 1-yard pass from Neil to give the Wranglers a 19-0 lead.
The Bulldogs missed on a 34-yard field goal attempt, but nailed a 31-yard field goal by Thomas Marinero with four seconds to play in the first half, which ended with West Mesquite holding a 19-3 lead.
A 15-yard touchdown pass from Neil to Dylan Wright would be the only third-period score. Bulldog Roderick Roberson blocked the PAT kick as West Mesquite took a 25-3 lead.
The fourth quarter was riddled with various 15-yard penalties that kept the Bulldogs out of the end zone, but West Mesquite would ride two more touchdown runs to sack away the victory.
A safety, along with a 33-yard run by Ty Jordan and a 6-yard run by Jaylon Sydney capped off by two successful extra points by Fabian Luna would cap off the Wranglers’ scoring.
Look for the Bulldogs to get back on the winning side of the column as Royse City, now 3-1, plays its second District 15-5A game at Forney this Friday. The Jackrabbits (0-1, 1-3) opened district play last week with a 49-35 loss to Mequite Poteet. Kickoff time at Citi-Bank Stadium in Forney is 7:30 p.m.
Offensive Player of the Game
Senior receiver Zion Leach averaged nearly 11 yards per catch with three receptions for 32 yards. Leach’s height (6-foot-5) made him a mismatch against the Wranglers’ defensive backs.
Defensive Co-Players of the Game
Matthew Reavis, a junior defensive end, recovered a fumble and junior defensive back Roderick Roberson blocked an extra point and recorded six tackles for the Bulldogs.