By Bobby Summers

Herald-Banner Sports

This is when the football season really begins to slip by. The first scrimmage of the 2008 season is here and every week now will be a chapter in the history book of Royse City Bulldog football. This book is entitled ‘Royse City Football- The Class 4A Edition- The Early Years’.

This book is going to be a page turner as well. Chapter 1 has already been written. On August 4, 2008, over 200 Royse City High School football players converged onto the practice fields to kick off a their inaugural year in Class 4A Texas High School Football.

This football team, under the new direction of Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Greg Strahm, began their conditioning literally in the shadows of their new athletic complex. Royse City ISD Stadium, aka Bulldog Stadium, planted it’s roots next to the massive educational center just on the outskirts of the Royse City community.

Last Saturday night, a few hundred die hard Bulldog fans got a sneak peak at the stadium and a glimpse of the 2008 version of the Class 4A Royse City Bulldogs. As the Bulldogs practiced under the lights and in full pads, parents and fans alike meandered throughout the new athletic complex. As some were taking a gander at the structure, others were being amused by the graphics being displayed on the ‘Jumbo-tron’ scoreboard.

Although, the sneak preview was a sight to see, there were even more surprises promised to be revealed when the Bulldogs open up their season on September 5 against the Atlanta (Texas style) Rabbits.

So chapter one comes to an end with the first two weeks of two-a-day workouts. Conditioning continues, repetitions resume and endurance is endless in the quest for chapter two to begin.

In a preview of chapter two, the Bulldogs will encounter Seagoville at James Ray Henry Stadium this Saturday morning at 8:30. Enough time has been spent knocking heads with each other and friendly fire, the Bulldogs are ready to try out their skills against a foe from afar.

Seagoville returns 7 offensive and 8 defensive starters from last years 7-4 Bi-District finalist team. Dallas Seagoville lost in the first round of the 2007 playoffs to Dallas Spruce 31-8.

Junior quarterback Dunston Owens will lead the 2008 Dragons this season. Owens passed for 1088 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. Owens however is a runner as well. He carried the football 201 times last season and averaged nearly 6 yards per carry as he amassed 1195 rushing yards.

During the scrimmage keep an eye on these Dragons; wide receiver Ron Howard, running back James Parker and defensive back Ezedrick Evans who is a speed demon with a 4.5 forty yard timing to his credit.

Defensively the Dragons will try to stop the Bulldogs offensive powerhouse scoring machine. Seagoville returns three starting linebackers in 205 pound Rico Alexander, Jonathon Bailey and linebacker Garret Anders. Two defensive starting linemen and three defensive backs also return.

This should be a staunch test for the Bulldogs as Seagoville is predicted to gain one of the four playoff spots this season. Seagoville plays within the Dallas Independent School District. Their district opponents this season are Dallas Carter, South Oak Cliff, Kimball, Pinkston, Adamson, Dallas Smith and North Dallas.

As for the Bulldogs keep an eye on defensive back Justin Rogers. As

Seagoville’s total enrollment is very similar to Royse City with approximately 1100 students each. Following the Varsity scrimmages will be the junior varsity and the freshmen football teams. Junior Varsity is expected to begin approximately at 10 am and the freshmen should began around 11 am.

The controlled scrimmage will be played at James Ray Henry Stadium, which is located at 819 Jack St. in Seagoville, 75159. From Royse City take IH 30 West to I 635 South to Exit 479B to Hwy 175 East towards Kaufman. Take Hwy 175 East to the Hall Exit. Turn left and go one block to Jack Street.

James Ray Henry Stadium was built in 1964. Seating capacity is 3500 and the stadium’s field is artificial turf.

So Chapter 2 of the Bulldogs 2008 season will be written following their scrimmage against Seagoville. A formidable opponent in Seagoville, will set up another round of preparation when the Bulldogs will host Frisco Centennial at home on Thursday night August 21 and their second scrimmage of the year.

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