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5A Division 2 

A new Football district for 2018.  District teams:

Corsicana, Ennis, Forney, Greenville, Kaufman, North Forney, Royse City, Sulphur Springs, Terrell

Early Season

The Bulldogs will scrimmage Celina and Frisco Liberty.  They will then open the season with Frisco Centennial at home.  The Bulldogs will then travel to Garland to play the Owls.

Bulldogs claim first playoff win in 12 years; to play No. 1 Aledo next

  • By Bobby Summers | Herald-Banner Correspondent

    • Nov 22, 2019

  Last Friday the Royse City Bulldogs captured their first postseason football championship in the past 12 years.

  The Bulldogs defeated the Lucas Lovejoy Leopards 42-21 in a Class 5A, Division II bi-district playoff game before a large home crowd at Royse City ISD Stadium. Not since the Bulldogs defeated Frisco Wakeland 21-14 for the bi-district crown in 2007 has Royse City played more than 11 football games in a season. And now the Bulldogs advance to the area round and face the No. 1 state-ranked Aledo Bearcats at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium this Friday at 7:30 p.m..

  This is only the second time the Bulldogs have played Aledo. The first meeting was in the playoffs 52 years ago when the Bearcats and the Bulldogs played for the bi-district championship in Greenville on Nov. 17, 1967.

  For some it was an upset, for others, the Royse City Bulldogs were a slight favorite to beat the Lovejoy Leopards. The first quarter went to Lovejoy as the Leopards took a quick 14-0 lead off of two Royse City mistakes.

  The Bulldogs jumped offsides on a fourth-down failed field goal attempt by Lovejoy. The penalty set up a 16-yard touchdown pass from R.W. Rucker to Noah Naidoo.

  The second miscue by the Bulldogs was a fumble that was recovered by Lovejoy on the Royse City 8-yard line, resulteing in a 7-yard touchdown run by Rucker. The two successful PATs by kicker Tyler Loop gave the Leopards the 14-point lead.

  Royse City Sophomore Ahmon Petty-Dozier kicked it in gear in the second quarter as he was instrumental in a 75-yard drive. Petty-Dozier clicked off gains of 6, 6, 9 and 11 yards to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tyson Oliver. Anthony Ortiz booted the extra point as Royse City trailed 14-7.

  Two possessions later, the Bulldogs recovered a fumble at the Lovejoy 13. Petty-Dozier went to work again and after a 9-yard pickup, the tailback carried the football into the end zone on a 4-yard run to tie the score at 14 all following an Ortiz kick.

  The Bulldog defense again set the stage for a Royse City touchdown when senior defensive back Jordan Brown intercepted his first of two interceptions. Royse City again followed in the footsteps of Petty-Dozier as the Bulldogs took possession at their own 43. The sophomore tailback then reeled off runs of 24, 4 and 3 yards before capping off the 57-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds remaining in the first half. Ortiz kicked the extra point as Royse City took a 21-14 lead into halftime.

  Two minutes and 12 seconds into the third period and after the Bulldogs received the second-half kickoff, Petty-Dozier took the second handoff and stepped off 18 yards. Six plays later Royse City capped off the 75-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown run by Petty-Dozier. By this point, the tailback was setting on a game performance of three touchdowns and over 100 yards rushing that pushed him over the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season and in a bi-district championship football game.

  Royse City would continue to capitalize on Lovejoy mistakes as well. Following a 12-yard punt by the Leopards, the Bulldogs regained possession at the Lovejoy 47. Nine plays later, Oliver tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Junior wideout Ketron Jackson. Royse City was in command of the game with a 35-14 lead as the third period ended.

  Lovejoy capitalized off of a ruling that granted receiver Reid Westervelt as an eligible receiver after being forced out of bounds and then returned to the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown pass from Rucker. With 9:31 to play in the fourth quarter, the Leopards trailed 35-21.

  And it was Royse City’s defense again as Jordan Brown caught his second interception of the game and returned it 33 yards for a Bulldog touchdown. With 5:17 to play in the game, Ortiz added the final point and the Bulldogs secured the victory.

Royse City nails down playoff berth, to host Lucas Lovejoy

  • By Bobby Summers | Herald-Banner Correspondent

    • Nov 15, 2019​


  ROYSE CITY — This time last season, the Royse City Bulldogs were biting their nails and needing the Greenville Lions to beat Ennis so they could advance to the football playoffs.

  Greenville lost and the Bulldogs stayed at home. From that point on, the theme for this team was “Unfinished Business.”

  Royse City didn’t want to depend on another team to help the Bulldogs advance to the playoffs and last Friday night the Bulldogs charged into the 2019 Texas state high school football playoffs with a convincing 48-10 victory over the Terrell Tigers.

  Six different players scored for the Bulldogs, but it was not until after Royse City spotted the Tigers 10 points early in the game.

  Royse City fumbled at its own 28-yard line on its second possession. The loose ball switched hands several times before rolling into the end zone and Tiger Khalid Johnson recovered the ball for a touchdown.

  Another errant snap on the Bulldogs’ next possession resulted in an 8-yard Royse City punt. Four plays later Tiger kicker Christian Nunez kicked a 33-yard field goal to give Terrell a 10-0 lead. Royse City finally settled down and put together a 57-yard, seven-play drive capped off by a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tyson Oliver to Ketron Jackson. The extra point was good by Anthony Ortiz. The first quarter ended with the Bulldogs trailing 10-7.

  Royse City erased the Terrell Tiger lead for good in the second quarter with a 9-yard touchdown run by the quarterback Oliver, an 18-yard touchdown pass from Oliver to Michael Alphin and a 36-yard field goal by Ortiz.

 Leading 24-10 going into the third period, Oliver connected with a 40-yard pass completion to Jackson. Two plays later, senior tailback Payton Petroff scored on a 3-yard run.

  Ortiz kicked another 36-yard field goal and sophomore tailback Ahmon Petty-Dozier added a 14-yard touchdown run in the third period to go up 41-10.

  The Bulldogs rounded out their scoring with a 29-yard touchdown run by Dylan Garner. Ortiz added the final point of the game to give the Bulldogs the 48-10 victory that sent them into the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

  Royse City locked down second place in District 8-5A-II with the victory over Terrell. As the district’s top-two finisher, the Bulldogs owned the right to select their playoff venue. Royse City will host the Lucas Lovejoy Leopards for the bi-district championship this Friday at 7:30.

         Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week

  Six different players scored for the Bulldogs against Terrell. All of those deserve recognition and at least 11 defensive players shut down Terrell’s offensive efforts. But when it all comes down to it, this was a senior night. A night led by over 30 seniors that made the commitment to complete unfinished business and they did just that. Determination, talent, coaching and complete dedication by the Royse City fan base were all contributors to bringing this team back into the playoff picture. Not since 2007 when the Bulldogs were 11-1 has Royse City registered eight or more wins. The last coach that accomplished that feat was Rodney Webb, now the successful Rockwall head football coach. So on this final week of the regular season, we dedicate the players of the week to the senior class of 2019-2020.

Royse City Varsity

8/16  CELINA (SCRIM)  AWAY              8/23  FRISCO LIBERTY (SCR)   H       TBA

8/29 (Th)  FRISCO CENTENNIAL                           Ford Center  7:00               

9/6   GARLAND*                   HOME    7:30    WEEK 3   OPEN

9/20   SULPHUR  SPRINGS  AWAY    7:30

9/27   FORNEY**                   HOME   7:30

10/4   ENNIS                           AWAY    7:30

10/11 CORSICANA***          HOME   7:30

10/18 GREENVILLE               AWAY     7:30

10/25 KAUFMAN ****         HOME   7:30

11/1   NORTH FORNEY        AWAY    7:30

11/8   TERRELL*****            HOME   7:30



*9/6/19  Youth Sports Night    

**9/27/19  Hall of Fame Game

***10/11/19  Homecoming      ****10/25/19  Cancer Awareness     *****11/8/19  Senior Night

Royse City Black

8/16     CELINA (Scr)                  AWAY  TBA

8/23     FRISCO LIBERTY (Scr)   HOME  TBA      


9/5        GARLAND                     AWAY  TBA


9/19     SULPHUR SPRINGS     HOME 5:30

9/26     FORNEY                        AWAY  5:30

10/3     ENNIS                            HOME  5:30

10/10   CORSICANA                  AWAY 5:30

10/17   GREENVILLE                 HOME  5:30

10/24   KAUFMAN                     AWAY  5:30

10/31   NORTH FORNEY          HOME  5:30

11/7     TERRELL                        AWAY  TBA

Royse City Gold

8/16     CELINA (Scr)                  AWAY     TBA

8/23      FRISCO LIBERTY (Scr)  HOME   TBA

8/28      FRISCO CENTENNIAL  AWAY     7:00

9/5        GARLAND                      HOME   TBA

WEEK 3 OPEN                                                           

9/19      SULPHUR SPRINGS  AWAY       7:00

9//26    FORNEY                      HOME     7:00

10/3      ENNIS                         AWAY       7:00

10/10    CORSICANA               HOME     7:00

10/17    GREENVILLE              AWAY       7:00

10/24    KAUFMAN                  HOME     7:00

10/31    NORTH FORNEY       AWAY       7:00

11/7      TERRELL                     AWAY       5:30

Royse City White

8/16     CELINA (Scr)                   AWAY                TBA

8/23     FRISCO LIBERTY (Scr)   HOME               TBA

8/28     FRISCO CENTENNIAL   AWAY                 5:30

9/5        COMMUNITY                 HOME              5:30     

9/12     TBA                                    TBA                 TBA      

9/19     SULPHUR SPRINGS       AWAY                5:30

9/26     FORNEY                           HOME              5:30

10/3     ENNIS                               AWAY               5:30

10/10   CORSICANA                    HOME              5:30

10/17   GREENVILLE                   AWAY                5:30

10/24   KAUFMAN                      HOME               5:30

10/31   NORTH FORNEY            AWAY                5:30

11/7     TBA                                   TBA                  TBA

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