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Dre Prox (2) of Royse City waits for a lead block from Nathan Shirley against West Mesquite last Friday.

The Royse City Bulldogs (3-1, 0-1) will look for another chance to add a district win this weekend when they head out on the road to Forney (1-3, 0-1) on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

It’s homecoming for the Jackrabbits, who will also be hoping for their first win in District 15-5A. Forney hasn’t won a game since Week One over Richardson Berkner, and has since lost games to Lindale, Terrell and Mesquite Poteet. 

The Jackrabbits’ defense gave up 577 total yards of offense in last week’s 49-35 loss to district opponent Mesquite Poteet. Forney’s offense, however, is averaging 332.5 total yards of offense per game, and has been very balanced with 709 total rushing yards and 621 total reciving yards.

Jackrabbits quarterback Devon Rideaux has completed 49 of 84 passes for 567 yards with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Rideaux also leads the team in rushing yards (320).

Sean Stephens will be a reliable target at receiver and Rideaux will rely on his brother, Aaron Rideaux to pick up critical rushing yards. 

The key to the game for Royse City will rely on the defense’s ability to slow down Rideaux and force turnovers. The Bulldogs should be able to use Dre Prox and have success in the run game against the Jackrabbits’ defense, which is allowing an average of 247 rushing yards per game. 

It’s also important to note that Zayvion Waters can be dangerous at kickoff return for Forney. He averages 32.8 yards per return and returned a Berkner kickoff  for a touchdown.