The Royse City Bulldogs finally broke into the win column Friday with a convincing 34-14 victory over the North Forney Falcons at RCISD Stadium.
The gate to victory had been closed to the Bulldogs in 10 consecutive losses, but when it all came together, the floodgates opened and there was no stopping Royse City as they entertained a home crowd on a perfect October evening.
The Bulldogs’ first score of the game came after a fumble recovery by Nathan Giles on the Falcons’ 29. Six plays later Royse City quarterback Ryan Stone completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to senior Chance Selby. With 6:47 remaining in the first quarter the Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead following the PAT by Preston Browning.
Two minutes and twenty five seconds later it was Stone to DeVante Alexander on a 23-yard touchdown pass. The score came after the Falcons were forced to punt deep in their own territory and a short seven-yard punt gave the Bulldogs possession at the North Forney 23.
It took just one play for Stone to find his target for the touchdown and Browning's kick gave Royse City a 14-0 lead at the 4:22 mark of the first period.
North Forney would find the end zone in the second quarter when Darius Palmer took a short pass from Falcon quarterback Hunter Herndon and then rambled 67 yards to paydirt. With 9:53 to play in the first half Hunter McClain kicked the extra point as North Forney trailed 14-7.
The Bulldogs then controlled the clock and the field of play with a drive of 6:50 that resulted in a 32-yard field goal by Preston Browning. At the 3:03 mark of the second period the Bulldogs took a 17-7 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff however, Falcon Derick Mosely took the kick at his own 10-yard line and sprinted 90 yards for a North Forney touchdown. With 2:48 to play in the first half the score read 17-14 Royse City after McClain's PAT.
The momentum may have swung in North Forney's direction late in the second period, but as the second half opened it was all Royse City on third and 14, as Bulldog quarterback Courtland Vance escaped the grasp of the Falcon talons and connected with Chance Selby for his second touchdown of the game. A big block by Chris Simms freed Selby to go the distance. This one covered 54 yards and Browning's extra point gave the Bulldogs a 24-14 advantage.
Later in the third period Browning capped off an 87-yard Royse City drive with another 32-yard field goal. With 1:41 remaining in the period, the Bulldogs added three more points to their lead.
For the past three games of the 2014 season the Royse City Bulldogs lost their games in the fourth quarter. As this fourth quarter opened, the Bulldogs were not going to let that happen again.
Royse City's defense was flawless in the final period and allowed the Falcons to cross midfield only briefly in the waning minutes of the game. The Bulldogs offense struck it's final blow with 4:58 to play in the game when Chris Sims rambled the final nine yards of a 38-yard drive to go in for the touchdown. Browning was perfect on the night with the PAT and the 34-14 final score.
Statistically, Royse City had 406 yards of offense (260 passing, 146 rushing) and 21 first downs. North Forney accumulated 238 yards and only eight first downs in the game. The Bulldog defense held North Forney to 82 yards passing with 67 of those yards coming on one play. Sophomore running back Brett Martinez averaged four yards per carry on 14 attempts for 56 yards. Hunter Herndon led the Falcons with 83 yards rushing.
The Bulldogs hope to keep the win streak going this Friday as Royse City will host the South Garland Colonels for homecoming. Homecoming ceremonies at Royse City ISD Stadium are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.