The atmosphere of the Dallas Cowboys’ air conditioned indoor facility was perfect, especially on an otherwise hot and steamy August evening in Texas. And nothing was more exciting than following a 48-yard pass completion to senior halfback Payton Petroff from senior quarterback Tyson Oliver. Oliver then completed the opening drive of the game with a 15-yard touchdown pass to receiver and Alabama recruit Junior Ketron Jackson. Anthony Ortiz kicked the extra point as the Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead with only 2:11 elapsed in the game.
The Bulldog defense, led by Josh Hendricks and noseguard Jaime Cortez, stopped the Titans’ first possession. However, it was cornerback Jordan Brown that halted Centennial as he intercepted a Titan pass at the Royse City 15.
On the second play of the second quarter, kicker Ortiz booted a 46-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead.
The Bulldogs capitalized again after Montrell Rose recovered a Titan fumble at the Royse City 41. Jackson then broke loose on a 49-yard run followed by a 10-yard run by Petroff to the Titan one. Oliver then scored on a 1-yard dive to give the Bulldogs a 17-0 lead after Ortiz’s PAT.
Centennial completed its only scoring drive, capping off a 71-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run by Nathan Hopkins. Nick Brown kicked the extra point.`
The Bulldogs would cap off the first half scoring as Ortiz kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired. Royse City took the 20-7 halftime lead into the intermission.
Defensively the Bulldogs were at their best as they stopped an earlier Titan threat on four consecutive downs at the Royse City 1-yard line. The goal line stance was completed with a 13-yard sack by senior linebacker John Klump.
Royse City completed scoring with a 14-yard run by Petroff with 3:10 remaining in the game. Petroff sealed the victory with a two-point conversion.
Royse City will open it first home game of the season on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs will host the Garland Owls at Donaghue Ford Field at Royse City ISD Stadium.
Last week’s results
Royse City 28, Frisco Centennial 7
Ennis 21, Waxahachie 13
North Forney 45, Frisco Heritage 24
Forney 42, Richardson Berkner 21
Lindale 45, Kaufman 10
Frisco Wakeland 53, Sulphur Springs 17
Burleson Centennial 34, Corsicana 21
Hallsville 33, Terrell 21
W.T. White 38, Greenville 37
Highland Park 66, Rockwall 59
Garland 35, Irving MacArthur 22
Rockwall-Heath 38, Keller Timber Creek 10
This week’s games and picks
Garland at Royse City Royse City by 7
Greenville at Dallas Lincoln — Greenville by 8
Ennis at Bishop Lynch — Ennis by 13
Crandall at Kaufman — Crandall by 6
Ft. Worth Boswell at Corsicana — Boswell by 3
Lindale at Forney — Forney by 6
North Forney at Wylie East — North Forney by 10
Sulphur Springs at Lovejoy — Lovejoy by 13
Terrell at Paris — Paris by 9
Rockwall at Rowlett — Rockwall by 10
Edgewood at Caddo Mills — Caddo Mills by 12
Mount Vernon at Farmersville — Mount Vernon by 17
Offensive Player of the Week
Tough pick in week one as multiple players were playing well in the season opener. However, our pick for this week goes to Payton Petroff with 123 all-purpose yards: 61 yards rushing on 11 carries, 62 yards receiving on four receptions, a 14-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion, 101 total yards punting with one punt inside the 20-yard line.
Defensive Player of the Week
Again a very tough pick, considering the consistency of the Bulldogs’ defense and defensive stands. But this week, we will take senior Josh Hendricks with four sacks, a hurry, eight solo tackles, two assists and one pass defended. And believe me, this was a tough choice, because we had 17 defensive players in on making a total of 75 tackles, eight sacks, a fumble recovery and a pass interception.
Overall team stats
Passing — 12 of 16 passes completed for 161 yards and one touchdown.
Rushing — 49 rushes for 304 yards and two touchdowns.
Total — 465 yards, three touchdowns, two field goals, two PAT and one two-point conversion.
For Garland — Keep an eye on:
The Owls defeated Irving MacArthur 35-22 on Friday night. Keep an eye on Garland sophomore quarterback Cergio Perez as Perez tossed four touchdown passes while completing 10 of 22 passes and no interceptions. Also expect Jashon Powers to handle the rushing chores as Powers carried the football 33 times for 134 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Hudson is the top receiver with seven receptions for 130 yards and three touchdowns. One of Hudson’s touchdowns catches went for 74 yards.
Last year’s result was Royse City 32, Garland 0 as the Bulldogs rushed for 344 yards in that game at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.