Friday Night Notes

By Bobby Summers

Sulphur Springs for the Finale

The final game of the regular season is this Friday when the playoff bound Royse City Bulldogs (3-6) travel to Sulphur Springs (6-3). The Bulldogs could improve their season and their district record with a win over the Wildcats. That statement is understood clearly, but the ramifications of a Bulldog victory are much more advantageous for playoff pairings as well as confidence boosters going into post season. A huge cheering fan base for this game could be enough to get this team past a good Sulphur Springs football club. Sulphur Springs three losses have come from Denton Ryon 25-9, Class 3A Paris 21-14 and to Texas High 48-38 just last week.

Justin Owens is the quarterback for Sulphur Springs and also the head football coach’s son. Kendrick Daniels is the running back for the Wildcats.

Owens has tossed 19 touchdown passes and he has completed 62 percent of his passes for 2013 yards. He also has 13 interceptions on the year.

Daniels missed two games due to an injury, but still has accumulated 702 yards rushing on 90 attempts for 6 touchdowns. Owens, the quarterback will run also as he has 252 yards and 6 touchdowns rushing himself.

Look for Dadrian Smith to get his fair share of rushes as he has 557 yards, 5 touchdowns and averages 7.74 yards per carry.

When Owens passes his favorite targets are Willy Ivery and Cody Clayton. Each target has about 650 yards receiving and both have 9 touchdown receptions each. Appropriately their uniform numbers are 1 and 2 and these two receivers have accumulated nearly two thirds of the total receiving yards on the year.

This Week’s Games and Picks

Game Pick

Royse City (3-6) at Sulphur Springs (6-3) Royse City by 3

Denison (2-7) at Mount Pleasant (3-6) Denison by 1

Greenville (0-9)at Sherman (3-6) Sherman by 21

Texas High (7-3)–Bye Week

Kilgore (5-4)at Whitehouse (5-4) Whitehouse by 10

Jacksonville (4-5) at Tyler (6-3) Tyler by 10

McKinney at Highland Park Highland Park

Rockwall-Heath at Wylie East Wylie East by 2

Wylie at McKinney North North by 3

Richardson Pearce at Rockwall Rockwall by 3

Frisco at Frisco Liberty Frisco by 10

Mesquite Poteet at Waxahachie Waxahachie by 7

Commerce at Celina Celina by 18

Lovejoy at Community Lovejoy by 28

Prosper at Princeton Prosper by 14

Kaufman at Kemp Kaufman by 21

Grand Saline at Caddo Mills Caddo Mills by 16

Pilot Point vs. Whitesboro Whitesboro by 16

Mesquite Horn at Mesquite Horn by 6

Frisco Lone Star at Farmersville Farmersville by 10

Players of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week

The entire Bulldog offensive line did a great job this past week keeping an aggressive Mount Pleasant defense off out of the Bulldog backfield. Nic Gillis (6’4” 300) , Clay Damron (6’3” 295), Justin Campbell (6’1” 240), Cameron Cleveland (6’5” 240) and Aaron Reavis (5’11” 165). There are other offensive linemen that see action as well and they need to be mentioned because some of those players are often in with different formations. Joel Dunn, Jerrad Dooley, Tyler Harper, Dylan Gibbs, Devin Howard and Alfred Haumpy, all are offensive linemen that never get the recognition they truly deserve every week. Many offensive POTW could not attain those stats without the offensive line.

Defensive Player of the Week- I have three very deserving defensive linemen that receive our POTW award. Darrien McQueen, Joshua Martinez and Jared Loftis accounted for 5 sacks in last week’s game for a total of 43 yards in losses. For the year, senior McQueen has 31 tackles and 6 sacks, senior Martinez has recorded 3.5 sacks and 27 tackles and sophomore Loftis has 39 tackles with 2.5 sacks. The Bulldog defense held Mount Pleasant to only 20 yards rushing and 150 yards passing in the game. Royse City also had one fumble recovery and four pass interceptions. McQueen, Martinez and Loftis should be counted on as difference makers this week against Sulphur Springs and throughout the playoff season.