Game 10 vs. Carrollton R.L. Turner

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It’s A Shut Out 48-0 as Bulldogs Tame Lions
Royse City and Denison Play for Bi-District Crown Friday
By Bobby Summers

The Bulldogs warmed up for their first ever class 4A playoff run by shutting out the Carrollton R.L. Turner Lions 48-0. The Lions were a class 5A school just last season and the Royse City Bulldogs were competing at the 3A level. What a difference a year makes.
The Bulldogs ran up a 38-0 halftime lead and then turned it over to the Royse City reserves.  After the reserves warmed up, they tacked on an additional 10 points to close out the scoring and the game.
Royse City has averaged over 400 yards of offense all year long.  Last Friday’s win over R.L. Turner was a 410 yard effort while holding the Lions rushing attack to only 6 yards in 24 tries.  Turner did have one of their better passing nights completing 10 passes for 175 yards.
There was quite a variation in scoring for Royse City. Six different Bulldogs scored touchdowns in the contest. Two different quarterbacks tossed touchdown passes; two different kickers scored points and three different Bulldogs scored for their first time this season.
Royse City’s scoring machine struck with 8:09 to play in the first period. On a drive that consumed exactly one minute to go 40 yards in 4 plays, senior tailback, Frank Dave, scored on a three yard dive.  Dave set up the touchdown run with a 14-yard scamper to give the Bulldogs a first down and goal to go inside the 10-yard line. Kollin Padon booted the first of his 11 points and the Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead.
Just over three minutes later the Bulldogs would do it again. This time they capped off a 51-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Richard Morrison to Devin Bryant. Padon’s kick made it 14-0 and that score would remain the same until the first quarter ended.
However, just two plays deep into the second period, Morrison would connect with fellow senior Justin Jacobs on Senior Parent Night with a 15 yard touchdown pass. The Bulldogs kept scoring and Padon kept kicking and the score read 21-0 with 11:42 to play in the second stanza.
Ever since number 54 has been in high school he has made himself very visible on the playing field.  Everyone knows linebacker Oscar Hernandez by his signature explosion from beneath a pile of tacklers. In his senior season he has added a twist and that is grabbing interceptions. Last Friday night the All-State middle linebacker caught his fourth interception of the year.
Three plays later the Bulldogs would lose it back to the Lions on a fumble, but the stat sheet for Hernandez was already recorded and indexed.
The turnovers continued when Bulldog B.J. Farrar snagged an interception with 9:35 to play in the second quarter. This time the interception would be converted into points. It took six plays to travel 76 yards and junior Ryan Fedric hammered it in from four yards out with 7:06 to play in the first half. Padon’s kick was again good and the hometown heroes took a 28-0 lead.
Obviously the Bulldogs were on a roll and they could not be stopped. Following a short punt by the Lions, Royse City went 29 yards in three plays and thirty-seven seconds. This was a special touchdown as tailback Lewis Mapps took the handoff from 14 yards out, was hit by several Turner Lions at the five and he just moved the entire pile into the endzone for his first touchdown of the season. Padon’s kick made it 35-0 with still 4:48 to play in the first half.
Three plays later and the Bulldog defense were back at it again as B.J. Farrar would intercept his second pass of the game. Again the turnover turned into points as Padon lined up for a 28-yard field goal.  The kick split the uprights with about forty yards to spare and Royse City was sitting on a 38-0 lead with 1:08 to play in the second period.
After another spectacular halftime performance by the Mighty Bulldog Band and the Royse City Golden Debs, the Bulldogs kicked off to begin the second half.  Several halftime adjustments were made and several new faces were onboard beginning the third period of play.
However one familiar face stood out as he made his first extended appearance following an early season injury.  That was sophomore Ryon Phillips. The young outside linebacker made his presence known and gave the Royse City fans a little preview of what they will be seeing for the next two years.  However, intense hitting by all of the reserves indicated they were ready to be on the field.
Royse City would score again on their next possession as they capped off a 79-yard drive with a 40-yard monster field goal by Padon.  The senior kicking specialist and linebacker again put the ball well through the goal posts from the right hash mark.  With 5:28 remaining in the third period it was time to call off the dogs with the 41-0 lead.
Try as they would, the Lions just ran into a brick wall.  Junior defensive back Preston Corbin and senior inside linebacker Angel Hernandez were now leading Royse City’s defense.  R.L. Turner was spinning their wheels at midfield and were forced to punt for the fifth time in the contest as the third quarter ended.
Four plays deep into the final quarter, Royse City capped off a 62-yard drive in six plays with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Dyllan Duncan to Keenan Austin.  Yes, the Bulldogs junior varsity quarterback, Duncan, was pulled up and did a magnificent job as the Royse City Field General in the second half.  Austin caught his first varsity touchdown pass from Duncan’s first varsity touchdown throw. Austin also did it with flare as he was back peddling into the corner of the endzone on the fade route. The senior receiver did a little juggling act of the ball and finally pulled it in as he fell backwards with the touchdown catch. With still 9:46 to play in the game, the firsts would not stop there, as senior place kicker Dustin Gibson kicked his first varsity extra point and the final point of the 2008 regular season play.
Junior linebacker Malcom Rauch and sophomore defensive back Al Jones joined in on the defensive fireworks.  The Bulldogs stopped Turner on a first and goal at the Royse City one yard line as Preston Corbin recovered a Lion fumble with 3:45 to play in the game.
No other serious scoring threats would ensue as the Bulldogs claimed the rights to the 48-0 regular season ending shutout.
Royse City travels to SMU’s Gerald Ford Stadium this Friday night. They will face Denison at 7:30 pm for the Bi-District Championship in the first round of the playoffs.