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Game 1 vs. Atlanta

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Well, the Bulldogs are back and the opening night jitters are over. The celebration surrounding the opening of the new stadium has come and gone. Coach Strahm already has his first win and it came after just one game.

So now it is down to serious business of convincing the 4A high school football world that the Royse City Bulldogs are ready to play with the big boys.

Against Atlanta, Royse City rolled up 369 total yards of offense in their 35-7 win. The Bulldogs ran the ball 32 times and threw the ball on 30 plays. Bulldog quarterback Richard Morrison threw two TD passes and completed 17 of 30 for 198 yards and no interceptions. Leading rusher for Royse City was Ryan Fedric with 8 carries for 84 yards.

Overall the Bulldogs moved the ball very well against Atlanta. Royse City’s rushing game was alive and well. Junior running back Ryan Fedric may have been a surprise to some Bulldog fans. However, Fedric has been racking up yardage at the freshman and JV level the past two seasons. Frank Dave may well be the power back this season as he bulled his way in for two touchdowns. Both of Dave’s scores were off of 3 yard dives.

Defensively, Atlanta could only complete 5 passes in the game. To make matters worse, two of those were completed to Bulldogs. And to make matters even worse than that, one of those was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Oscar Hernandez.

Royse City had 18 first downs to 8 for Atlanta. Receivers Justin Jacobs, Kris Smith and J.T. Thompson could be known as the “Three Amigos” as they dominated the airways by hauling in two touchdown passes and the bulk of the passing yardage.

If there were any weaknesses in the Bulldog performance last week, it would have been in the penalty category. Royse City was issued 12 citations for 110 yards. Two of those penalties were of the 15 yard variety and could have been very critical in a closer contest.

This Friday’s game against Frisco Wakeland should be a very good match-up. Both teams return top talent from last year. The Wolverines have proven that they will take advantage of mistakes and turn those errors into points. If the Bulldogs keep mistakes at a minimum and penalties down, they should be able to dominate the Wolverines.

Kickoff is at 7:30 at Frisco Memorial Stadium.