And the second season starts this Friday. The playoff season that is kicks off at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, as our Royse City Bulldogs travel East to Lindale’s Eagle Stadium. Located 3 miles north of Interstate 20 and located on State Highway 16 West, the address is 201 Stadium Dr., Lindale, TX 75771. Directions also say that is located approximately one fourth of a mile west from U.S. Highway 69. It is about an 80 mile trip if you take IH30 East to Greenville and then take US Hwy 69 South to Lindale. The trip takes approximately 1.5 hours. So those using your GPS should zero in on the battleground for the Class 4A Region II Division II Bi-District Championship between the Royse City Bulldogs (3-7, 3-3) and the Whitehouse Wildcats (8-2, 6-1).
Eagle Stadium is the mid-point and neutral location chosen for this first round playoff matchup between the District 13-4A fourth place seed, Royse City, and the runner up of District 14-4A, Whitehouse. Whitehouse is located not far from Nacogdoches.
Below is a sampling of the Wildcats 2010 Season and District scoreboard:
2010 Whitehouse Wildcats (8-2 Season, 6-1 District)-District 14-4A Runner-Up (*District, **Bi-District)
W-Whitehouse 35 Corsicana 8
W-Whitehouse 42 Tyler Chapel Hill 6
L- Whitehouse 39 Sulphur Springs 40
*W-Whitehouse 28 Jacksonsville 14
*W-Whitehouse 49 Hallsville 14
*W-Whitehouse 48 Nacogdoches 19
*L- Whitehouse 14 Tyler John Tyler 21
*W-Whitehouse 55 Longview Pine Tree 7
*W-Whitehouse 43 Marshall 21
*W-Whitehouse 48 Kilgore 28
**Whitehouse vs. Royse City @ Lindale’s Eagle Stadium, Friday, November 12, 2010. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.
The stadium in Lindale is not as large as Royse City ISD Stadium. Eagle Stadium seats approximately 6,000. Whitehouse has a very strong base of Wildcat fans and they travel very well. According to sources, the Wildcats will bring 6,000 fans to the game. So be advised that an early arrival would probably be in your best interest.
Royse City will be the visiting team however the Bulldogs will be wearing their black uniforms.The winner of this game will play the winner of the Hutto (9-1) vs. Mesquite Poteet (8-2) game at a site to be determined.
So here’s the lowdown on the Wildcats as we know it. The Wildcats have scored 401 points and had 178 scored against them. They are a strong passing team and they have some of the best receivers in the state.
Trey Metoyer is a highly recruited wide receiver that leads the Wildcats with 81 receptions for 1174 yards and 19 touchdowns. Metoyer’s best game was 18 receptions for 266 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-39 loss to Sulphur Springs earlier this season. Metoyer has committed to play for the University of Oklahoma.
Whitehouse actually has two 1000 yard receivers. The other is Jonathan Aldridge with 56 receptions for 1012 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has had three games with 9 receptions in each game and two games when he exceeded 200 yards receiving.
So, you may ask who is throwing for all of these touchdowns and yardage and that is Wildcat quarterback Hunter Taylor. Taylor has completed 196 of 281 attempts for 2803 yards and 33 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions. His best game this season came against Marshall when he completed 32 of 39 passes for 433 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Whitehouse does not run the ball as much as they pass, but when they do they hand it off to Dejuan Shelton who has 90 carries for 614 yards and 8 touchdowns. He has three games this season when he exceeded 100 yards in a game.
Patrick Cook and Joey Gautney lead the team in tackles as the Wildcats have held their opponents to less than 18 points per game. Whitehouse has 7 different players that have contributed to their team high 12 interceptions on the year.
Royse City on the other hand has been hobbled by injuries and the most recent has been the Bulldogs 215 pound tailback Jonathon Burns.
As for last week’s 56-22 loss to Sulphur Springs, the Bulldogs offensive game plan was hampered for the first three quarters because of the injury to Burns. Without a running game, it is often hard to establish other offensive threats. Especially when playing a team like the Sulphur Springs Wildcats who defeated this Whitehouse team 40-39 earlier in the season.
If Burns comes back this week and is close to 100 percent, Corbin has time to connect with receivers Jake Horbacz, Michael Webb, Torrell McQueen and Taylor Pollock, the Bulldog defense finds the right combination to stop an all out aerial attack headed their way and the Bulldog fans show up by the thousands, then maybe the Bulldogs will be making plans again for next week for an Area matchup with either Hutto (9-1) or Mesquite Poteet (8-2).
This Week’s Playoff Games Bobby’s Picks
Royse City vs. Whitehouse Royse City
Sherman vs. Marshall Sherman
John Tyler vs. Texas High John Tyler
Sulphur Springs vs. Jacksonville Sulphur Springs
Frisco Liberty vs. J.J. Pearce Frisco Liberty
Highland Park vs. Frisco Centennial Highland Park
Hutto vs. Mesquite Poteet Mesquite Poteet
Rockwall vs. Newman Smith Rockwall
Wylie vs. Frisco Wakeland Wylie
Crandall vs. Van Crandall
Madison vs. Princeton Madison
Copperas Cove vs. Mesquite Horn Horn