Royse City 28
ROYSE CITY — It came down to a field goal in the final 48 seconds — Wylie’s Shane Potts’ 32-yarder gave the Pirates a 31-28 victory over the Royse City Bulldogs on Friday night.
Wylie, now 4-3 in District 13-4A, will return to Royse City Friday night to play Mount Pleasant in a bi-district championship.
The Bulldogs, ending the season at 1-9, controlled much of the game offensively and defensively, but the second half saw the game see-saw back and forth with knotted scores.
Royse City got on board first, midway in period one, with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Watts to Bryce Wempa in the first quarter. Chase Selby’s extra-point made it 7-0, Royse City.
The Bulldogs doubled the lead when senior Michael Webb capped off a 70-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring plunge. Selby’s kick was good, and with 11:17 in the second quarter, Royse City was ahead 14-0.
The touchdown was set up by one of many converted fourth down plays by Royse City.
Wylie scored its first touchdown with 1:02 to play in the first half. Kameron Kelly passed to Kalen Winkler for 44 yards. Potts kicked the extra point, and the halftime score was 14-7.
Midway through the third, Wylie tied the score when Kelly and Winkler connected again, this time on a 20-yard pass.
But the Bulldogs recaptured the lead by converting a fourth and 10 at the Wylie 25-yard line, on a pass from Watts to Wempa. Selby’s PAT was good, and the Bulldogs led 21-14.
Wylie’s Kelly then completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Freddy Gibbs at the beginning of the fourth quarter and the PAT was good, tying it at 21-21.
With 8:38 in the game, Kelly scored on a 16-yard run, putting the Pirates ahead 28-21.
Royse City answered when Watts, after completing a fourth-and-nine pass of 24 yards to Jake Glisch, then completed a pass of 20 yards to Webb. This tied the score 28-28, with 2:18 in the game.
But with 48 seconds left, it was Wylie’s turn to convert a fourth-and three: Potts kicked the 32-yarder for the game-winner.
Junior Bulldog Jackson Watts was 16-of-32 for 218 yards and three touchdowns.
Bulldog Alex Ramsey, junior running back, carried the ball 19 times for 78 yards.
Wylie had 447 total yards of offense and Royse City 386.