ENNIS — All good things come to an end and the Royse City Bulldog’s eight-game football winning streak ended with a 38-21 loss at Ennis on Friday night.
The Lions found a couple of weaknesses and hammered away at what worked best to put up 38 points on what was considered by many as an invincible Bulldog defense.
The Lions (5-1, 4-0) kept their District 8-5A-II record clean as they utilized a quarterback draw play and sideline pass completions to their wide receiver to continuously make huge gains on the Bulldog defense.
Ennis quarterback Collin Drake amassed 150 yards rushing on 19 carries, all of which was up the middle on Royse City’s defense. Drake also completed nine passes for 145 yards to receiver Laylon Spencer. Both players scored a touchdown from 36 yards. Drake’s on a long run up the middle and Spencer’s on a reception.
Royse City countered and even took a short-lived lead, but the Ennis offense answered every Bulldog challenge with another score for the Lions.
The Bulldogs were led by sophomore tailback and return specialist Ahmon Petty-Dozier. Following the Ennis opening score by Jarius Jones on a 4-yard touchdown run, the ensuing kickoff was fielded by Petty-Dozier at the goal line. Petty-Dozier did what he does best and zig zagged his way through the Ennis kickoff team en route to a 97-yard return to the Ennis 3. Bulldog fullback Payton Petroff took over and carried the final three yards for the Royse City touchdown. The extra point kick by Anthony Ortiz tied the score up just 21 seconds after the Lions scored.
Ennis responded with Drake’s 36-yard touchdown run up the middle. However, the point after failed and Ennis led 13-7.
Three minutes and thirty seconds later, Royse City completed its only sustained drive with an 8-yard touchdown run by Petroff. Ortiz booted the point after for a 14-13 Bulldog lead.
Ennis then responded with three unanswered scores off of a 16-yard touchdown run by Devion Beasley, the 36-yard touchdown pass to Spencer and a 27 -ard field goal by Angel Aguilar. The scoring spree ended the first half and opened the third quarter as the Lions took a 31-14 lead.
But the Bulldogs’ big playmaker, Petty-Dozier, went to work again and on his fourth run of the game he broke loose, side-stepped numerous Ennis Lions and galloped 54 yards down the Bulldog sideline. Petty-Dozier’s run set up another short Bulldog touchdown run by Petroff from seven yards.
Ennis capped off its scoring, ending a 79-yard drive on a 4-yard pass from Drake to Clayton Jenkins. Aguilar’s extra point finished scoring for Ennis. This was the Lions’ 600th victory for the five- time state champion football program.
Royse City (4-1, 2-1) will host the Corsicana Tigers (5-1, 4-0) at the Bulldogs’ homecoming at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Royse City ISD Stadium. Corsicana is riding a five-game winning steak and is undefeated in District 8-5A-II play.
Offensive Player of the Week
Ahmon Petty-Dozier, the Royse City Bulldogs’ sophomore sensation continues to impress and he always does it at the most opportune times. Petty-Dozier amassed 191 all-purpose yards in last week’s game at Ennis. He began his big night taking a kickoff at his own goal line and weaving through traffic until he found a lane down the Bulldog sideline. After traveling about 150 yards across field and then down the sideline, Petty- Dozier ran out of gas at the Ennis 3-yard line. On the next play, Bulldog fullback Payton Petroff eased into the end zone for the touchdown. Later in the game Petty-Dozier added a 54-yard run to set up a 7-yard touchdown run by Petroff. When all is said and done, the young superstar in the making, rushed for 76 yards and had 115 yards in kickoff returns. And this was all done in touching the football only seven times in the game.
Defensive Players of the Game
Even though the Bulldogs defense had an unprecedented 38 points scored on them, there were still plenty of defensive highlights. This week, we chose three more to share the defensive honors. Jordan Brown (Sr.) turned in an exceptional game with 11 tackles (six solos and five assists); Josh Hendricks (Sr.) also with 11 tackles (seven solo and four Assists) and he left the game early with an injury and Blake Buhman (Jr.) with 10 tackles (five solos and five assists). Brown and Hendricks also added a pass defended to their stat sheet.
Royse City vs. Corsicana Preview
Normally, Royse City averages nearly 450 yards per game of offense, however the strong Ennis Lion defense held the Bulldogs in check with only 158 total yards. This week the Bulldogs will need at least that 450-yard offense and more to return as they host another powerful opponent in the Corsicana Tigers. Corsicana will enter Royse City ISD Stadium on Friday night riding a five-game winning streak and averaging 415 yards of offense per game. The Tigers normally hold their opponents to 203 yards or less, while the Bulldog defense let its average slide up to 254 yards after the Ennis game. Both team’s stat lines are still very similar. Corsicana averages allowing nearly 19 points per game to the Bulldogs’ 15-point average. Scoring wise, both teams average 31 points per game.
Corsicana is led by head coach Hal Wasson, who directed the Southlake Carroll Dragons to many successful season. Corsicana (5-1, 4-0) lost one game this season to a powerful Burleson Centennial team 34-21. Their victories have been a 40-34 win over Fort Worth Boswell; 20-7 over Greenville; 40-7 over Kaufman; 27-24 over North Forney and 42-7 over Terrell.
The Tigers’ offense is well-balanced with a quarterback that can pass the ball downfield with accuracy. Solomon James wears No. 3 and is only a sophomore, however he completes 60 percent of his passes. James has thrown the ball 134 times this season, completing 84 for 1,224 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has thrown five interceptions in those six games. His favorite target is No. 1, which belongs to Lane Fuentes (Sr.). Fuentes has 29 receptions for 431 yards and three touchdowns. When the Tigers are not throwing the ball, they are handing the ball off to No. 19 Damarius Daniels. Daniels, also a sophomore, averages a nine yards per carry and has rushed 72 times for 629 yards and eight touchdowns. Also keep an eye on No. 11 George Foster, as he is also in on the mix for several touchdown receptions from James. And Eric Dickson averages nearly nine yards every time he carries the football. So, the Tigers are loaded with top talent and plenty of backup firepower.
Last Week’s Results
Ennis 38, Royse City 21
Corsicana 42, Terrell 7
Greenville 49 North Forney 38
Sulphur Springs 32, Forney 13
Kaufman — open week
Southlake Carroll 46, Denton Guyer 34
Rockwall 45, Mesquite Horn 7
Little Elm 42, Frisco Centennial 38
Lucas Lovejoy 56, Frisco Lebanon Trail 20
The Colony 47. Frisco Liberty 3
McKinney North 62. Texarkana Texas High 41
Frisco 31. Princeton 14
Mesquite Poteet 44. Sherman 21
Mesquite 49. Rockwall-Heath 39
Caddo Mills 36. Ferris 15
Celina 58. Paris North Lamar 6
This Week’s Games and Predictions
Corsicana at Royse City — Royse City by 3
Ennis at Sulphur Springs — Ennis by 28
Greenville at Terrell — Greenville by 17
Kaufman at North Forney — North Forney by 14
Forney — Open Week
Lancaster at Sunset — Lancaster by 24
Mansfield Legacy at Highland Park — Highland Park by 30
Red Oak at Kimball — Red Oak by 17
Prosper at Jesuit — Prosper by 3
Rockwall at Rockwall-Heath — Rockwall by 31
Waxahachie at Mansfield Lake Ridge — Mansfield by 7
Mesquite at North Mesquite — Mesquite by 11
Quinlan Ford at Midlothian Heritage — Quinlan Ford by 3
Community at Farmersville — Community by 10
Paris at Celina — Paris by 7
Sunnyvale at Caddo Mills — Sunnyvale by 6