Royse City 12
ROYSE CITY — Turnovers and a few missed opportunities gave the Royse City Bulldogs a 21-12 loss to Forney in their season opener.
Statistically, the Bulldogs overwhelmed the Jackrabbits, but three turnovers and a blocked field goal gave the Jackrabbits the opportunity they need to steal a win from this new-and-improved Royse City squad.
Nerves may have been the cause of the Bulldogs’ first miscue when they fumbled on their first drive of the season after clicking off 45 yards with precision.
But the Bulldogs regained composure and drove 80 yards in front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd. A 25-yard touchdown pass to junior Chance Selby capped off the seven play scoring drive. The extra point was blocked, but the Bulldogs opened the season with a 6-0 lead with 5:09 to play in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs then began the second quarter with a 12 play, 90-yard drive that led to a two-yard touchdown run by Jared Loftis. The two point conversion failed, but it looked like the Bulldogs were well on their way to an opening week win.
Forney got on track with a 63-yard scoring drive as A.J. Atnip scored on a 16-yard run. After the PAT, Royse City clung to a 12-7 lead.
On the next Forney drive, Luke Skipper connected with David Burnett on a 63-yard reverse pass for a touchdown to take a 14-12 lead with a little more than five minutes remaining in the second quarter.
The wheels came off momentarily in the third quarter for Royse City as they were intercepted by Forney’s Daniel Jones at the Jackrabbit 11-yard line.
The Bulldogs coughed up the ball again on their own 26-yard line in the third quarter and then had a field goal blocked at the seven-yard line to stop any serious challenge to the Forney lead.
Forney added seven unanswered points in the third quarter as quarterback Jake Guercia scored on a 16-yard run to give Forney a 21-12 lead they would not relinquish.