Royse City kept its 2019 football season perfect with a 37-14 victory over the Garland Owls for the Bulldogs’ sixth straight victory dating back to last season.
The Bulldogs scored quickly as senior fullback Payton Petroff gathered in a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyson Oliver. Anthony Ortiz booted the point after to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 9:14 to play in the first quarter.
Oliver capped off the second Bulldog possession with an 11-yard touchdown run and Petroff added a two-point conversion at the 4:52 mark of the first stanza.
However, the Owls put first-quarter points on the board as well when Jordan Hudson was on the receiving end of quarterback Cergio Perez’s 8-yard touchdown pass. James Cassidy kicked the extra point and with 2:48 to play in the first quarter the Bulldogs’ lead was cut to 15-7.
Ortiz added four points in the second quarter as he kicked the extra point after a 20-yard touchdown pass completion from Oliver to Ketron Jackson and then booted a 29-yard field goal with 3:56 to play in the first half.
Garland, however, rallied with another touchdown pass from Perez to Hudson, this time from 34 yards out. Cassidy added the point after.
And after some sideline discussion and only one second remaining on the halftime clock, the Bulldogs placed their faith in kicker Ortiz again and this time from 49 yards out. The kick split the uprights with plenty of room to spare to give the Bulldogs a 28-14 halftime lead.
Royse City added another touchdown pass from Oliver in the third quarter and this one went 55 yards to speedster Michael Alphin, a junior wide receiver for the Bulldogs. The point after kick was good by Ortiz as the Bulldogs defense continued to dominate the second half.
The final scoring was from the Bulldog defense as Royse City trapped an Owl runner in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs take off this week before District 8-5A-II play begins. Royse City will travel to Sulphur Springs to take on the Wildcats on Sept. 20. Kickoff will be at 7:30.
Final Scores From Last Week
Royse City 37, Garland 14
Lovejoy 34, Sulphur Springs 27
Paris 42, Terrell 7
Lindale 40, Forney 0
North Forney 56, Wylie East 7
Dallas Bishop Lynch 41, Ennis 34
Crandall 48, Kaufman 0
Corsicana 40. Fort Worth Boswell 34
Greenville 45. Dallas Lincoln 12
Lake Dallas 24. Frisco Centennial 0
Rockwall 50. Rowlett 7
Rockwall-Heath 44, Wylie 41
This Week’s Games and Predictions
Arlington Bowie at Rockwall — Rockwall by 5
Rockwall Heath at Richland — Rockwall-Heath by 10
Southlake Carroll at Odessa Permian — Carroll by 14
Bishop Lynch at Frisco Centennial — Bishop Lynch by 17
Corsicana at Greenville — Corsicana by 6
Ennis at Kaufman — Ennis by 21
Forney at North Forney — North Forney by 9
Sulphur Springs at Terrell — Sulphur Springs by 13
Lancaster at South Grand Prairie — Lancaster by 7
Brownsboro at Sunnyvale — Sunnyvale by 28
Farmersville at Mineola — Mineola by 18
Celina at Fort Worth Nolan — Fort Worth Nolan by 7
Offensive Player of the Game
For the second week in a row, we give the edge to Payton Petroff. Petroff is proving himself to be an offensive weapon every week. Last week against Garland, Petroff gained 147 all-purpose yards: 100 yards rushing, 47 yards receiving, including a 32-yard touchdown receiving. Petroff also added 95 total yards punting, with one punt rolling down to the Garland 1-yard line.
This is becoming a very hard choice when there were outstanding games turned in by Tyson Oliver, Ketron Jackson, Michael Alphin and Bryce Martinez. All of which turned in over 100-yard performances either passing, receiving or rushing.
Defensive Player of the Game
I’ve got a tie this week. Jaime Cortez and John Klump. Both were simply outstanding on the defensive side of the ball. Klump continues to amaze everyone with his speed, aggressiveness and consistency. Klump also caused a fumble and recovered a fumble and kept the Owl offense on its heels. As for Cortez, well, he is a human-battering ram. Not a play goes by that he is not double-teamed or triple-teamed. Being a disruptive force like this, gives other outstanding defensive players the opportunity to make a play. However, Cortez is often in or around every completed play. He was the defensive MVP of the district last year for a reason. Keep an eye on number 94, he will amaze you with his strength and his nose for the football. Cortez had a sack and eight hurries!
Royse City Team Stats
Royse City Total Offense — 671 yards
Royse City Passing — 277 yards
Completions — 22 of 29, three touchdowns
Rushing — 62 carries for 394 yards