SULPHUR SPRINGS — The Royse City Bulldogs stretched their football winning streak to seven straight as they steamrolled over the Sulphur Springs Wildcats 36-9 on Friday night.
The Bulldogs are now 3-0 for the season and 1-0 in District 8-5A-II play. Their winning streak started last season.
Although the game began with a couple of mishaps, it soon turned into a rout by the ever evolving Bulldogs. Royse City's Bryan Deal had an early game interception that stopped the Sulphur Springs offense but also gave the Bulldogs bad field position.
A high snap with the Bulldogs' backs to the wall and a scramble in the end zone gave the Wildcats a safety with 4:52 remaining in the first quarter.
That's when the Royse City defense kicked in and never let up for the remainder of the game. Another near interception and an offensive fumble recovery by sophomore Hayden Hays set up a 23-yard touchdown run by another sophomore Ahmon Petty-Dozier. It was Dozier's first varsity play and his first carry as a Bulldog and the scatback sizzled the artificial sod for a touchdown. Senior Payton Petroff scored the two-point conversion and the Bulldogs settled down for an 8-2 first quarter lead.
Linebacker Zamien Anderson blocked an early second quarter punt, but another interception by Sulphur Springs just delayed the inevitable onslaught by the Bulldog offense.
Impressive play by junior linebacker Blake Buhman helped derail any serious Wildcat surge and forced Sulphur Springs to punt at midfield. The Bulldogs then mounted a 63-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 20-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Tyson Oliver to receiver Ketron Jackson. The two-point conversion failed but the Bulldogs took a 14-2 lead with 4:30 to play in the second quarter.
The Bulldog offense added more points in the third period as Dozier gained his second touchdown of the night on a 61-yard scamper. Oliver ran in the two-point conversion and Royse City began to run away with a 22-2 advantage with 9:00 to play in the third quarter.
Quarterback pressure by Josh Hendricks, Jamie Cortez and Anderson kept Sulphur Springs on its heels.
Royse City's offense clicked again off of a huge pass completion to Michael Alphin and then a touchdown run by Petroff, followed by the extra point by kicker Anthony Ortiz. The quick strike gave the Bulldogs a 29-2 lead and it was still not midpoint of the third period.
The swarming Bulldog defense continued and in the early seconds of the final period, Royse City scored again off a 4-yard touchdown run by Bryce Martinez. Ortiz added the extra point for a 36-2 lead.
The Bulldogs gave plenty of playing time to the reserves in the fourth quarter. Sulphur Springs scored in the final 29 seconds when Landry Meskimen caught a short touchdown pass.
Royse City will finally come home in the fourth week of the Bulldog season and it is a big night as the Bulldogs host the Forney Jackrabbits at their third annual Hall of Fame game. Four Bulldogs will be inducted into this year's Royse City High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the kickoff for the game at 7:30.
Offensive Player of the Game
This week's offensive player of the game award goes to tailback Ahmon Petty-Dozier. This was Dozier's first game as varsity Bulldog. On Dozier's first play, he broke loose for a 23-yard touchdown run. He only carried the ball five times but added an early third quarter 61-yard touchdown run. Dozier's five plays accumulated 102 yards rushing. Welcome to Royse City Football Ahmon.
Defensive Player of the Game
John Klump is everywhere in every game and when he's not popping leather stopping offenses, he's grabbing leather out of the air. Klump intercepted a Sulphur Springs pass, but it was what he did afterwards that added to the dramatic catch. Klump caught the pass at about midfield and a Sulphur Springs player thought he would go head to head with the senior linebacker. Bad choice. Klump had just enough time to gather full speed when he met the Wildcat along the sideline. The Wildcat was flattened on his back as Klump left cleat marks from toe to head on his way toward the end zone. He didn't score, but the catch and run were worth more than the points.
Last week's results
Royse City 36, Sulphur Springs 9
Ennis 33, North Forney 14
Forney 16, Terrell 7
Corsicana 40, Kaufman 7
Greenville (Open Week)
McKinney North 56, Rockwall-Heath 34
Garland 56, South Garland 43
Rockwall 45, Arlington Martin 38
Carthage 24, Gilmer 15
Wylie 22, Sachse 21
Caddo Mills 52, Lone Oak 0
Sunnyvale 45, Glen Rose 7
Red Oak 28, South Oak Cliff 21
Princeton 31, Lake Dallas 21
This week's schedule and predictions
Forney at Royse City - Royse City by 18
Greenville at Kaufman - Greenville by 10
Corsicana at North Forney - North Forney by 3
Ennis at Terrell - Ennis by 28
Sulphur Springs (open week)
Tyler Lee at Rockwall-Heath - Tyler Lee by 6
Rockwall at Longview - Rockwall by 3
Hughes Springs at Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon by 21
Gunter at Nocona - Gunter by 24
Community at Venus - Community by 7
Newton at Gilmer - Newton by 6
Wylie at Garland - Wylie by 10
Dallas Madison at Sunnyvale - Sunnyvale by 24
Lucas Lovejoy at Denton Braswell - Braswell by 3
West Rusk at Mineola - West Rusk by 6
Commerce at Pottsboro - Pottsboro by 14