The Bulldogs extended their winning streak to six games last Tuesday night by claiming a 49-45 home win over Wylie East. Donald Garrett had 12 points.
The streak reached seven on Friday night at North Forney as Royse City forced overtime after trailing, 55-46, at the start of the fourth quarter and eventually won, 73-70. Jacob Stites’ 20 points paced the Bulldogs with support from Garrett (17) and Quincy Onyema (14).
The ‘Dogs, who were only 1-13 in District 15-5A games last season, now stand in first place at 8-1. Highland Park (7-2) is their closest pursuer and the Scots visit RCHS Friday night at 7 o’clock.
A 57-34 loss at District 15-5A co-leader Wylie East last Tuesday pushed the Bulldog girls to the brink of elimination from the playoffs, dropping Royse City three games out of fourth place with only four games remaining. The Lady ‘Dogs (4-7, 14-15) bounced back with a 66-47 home win over North Forney Friday night, but may need wins in their final three games to qualify for the playoffs. Wylie East (10-1), Lucas Lovejoy (9-2), Mesquite Poteet (7-4) and Highland Park (6-5) are the front-runners for the top four places.
District play began for both the RCHS boys and girls on Tuesday night, but the games were played after our press time. Friday night, the Lady Bulldogs are at home for a 7 p.m. kickoff vs. Forney while the boys are at Forney, also at 7 p.m.
The girls were unscheduled last week while the boys took a 2-0 loss at Rockwall-Heath in their only match.
The UIL will announce district assignments for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years on Thursday at 9 a.m. Big changes are likely ahead for Royse City, as Class 5A is being divided for the first time into Division I and Division II. RCHS will be in a Division II district, and will thus part company with Highland Park, Mesquite Poteet, Lucas Lovejoy, West Mesquite and Wylie East — which will all be in Division I.
Speculating on realignment, a reporter at the Dallas Morning News placed Royse City in a seven-team district with Forney, Greenville, Kaufman, North Forney, Princeton and Terrell.
Look for an online update on redistricting Thursday morning at roysecityheraldbanner.com.
Honored at last week’s Royse City High School Football Awards Banquet were:
Scholar Athlete - Blake Romney, senior
Renegade Player of the Year - Roderick Roberson, junior
Offensive Back of the Year - Bryce Martinez, sophomore
Defensive Back of the Year - Walter Porter, senior
Receiver of the Year - Payton Petroff, sophomore
Linebacker of the Year - Thatcher Davis, junior
Offensive Lineman of the Year - Josh Gregory, senior
Defensive Lineman of the Year - Kris Jones, senior
Offensive MVP - Dre Prox, senior
Defensive MVP - Zhe Brown, senior
Special Teams MVP - Zayne Mendoza, senior
Fighting Dawg Award - Hunter Green, senior