The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

September 28, 2012

Greenville, Royse City to meet in 13-4A opener tonight

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE —   Last year Greenville and Royse City traded the lead back and forth eight times before the Bulldogs pulled out a 35-27 football victory.

  The two teams will meet again at 7:30 tonight at Royse City ISD Stadium in a District 13-4A opener. But will the two teams combine for 62 points and 848 yards as in last year’s game?

  Both teams would love an offensive output like in that game. The Lions are averaging only 7.7 points and 137 yards per game following losses of 33-13 to Princeton, 21-7 to The Colony and 10-3 to Frisco Heritage.

  Royse City’s averaging just 5.3 points and 141.3 yards per game following losses of 31-6 to Forney, 34-3 to North Forney and 44-7 to Plano Prestonwood.

  “They’re kind of in the same boat we’re in, trying to find a way to win a ball game,” said Lions coach Marvin Sedberry.

  “I expect two teams looking for their first wins, doing everything they can to get it done,” said Bulldog coach Greg Strahm.

  Strahm said the Lions have some “athleticism” that the Bulldogs “can’t account for,” so they need to play a “solid team game.”

  “They’ve got several good looking linemen and a few skill kids,” said Sedberry.

Royse City quarterback Jackson Watts, who is a Greenville transfer, is 30-of-56 passing for 240 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

  Austin Vandiver leads the Bulldog receivers with nine catches for 54 yards, while Christian Rios has seven catches for 78 yards.

  Samuell Rushing is Royse City’s leading rusher with 188 yards on 51 carries. Rushing ran for 53 yards on 10 carries in last year’s game.

  Greenville quarterback Marquist Davis has completed eight of 19 passes for 44 yards for the Lions in two starts. Davis is also Greenville’s top rusher with 146 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries.   Davis ran for 105 yards on 17 carries in the Lions’ last outing, the loss to Frisco Heritage.

  Both teams were off last Friday with byes.

  “I know it helped us in identifying those small things we needed to work on,” said Strahm.

  Sedberry said the Lions had four good practices last week though not a good one on Monday.

  Sedberry said the two teams appear to be evenly-matched.

  “I think it’s going to come down to the team that has the best game, period,” he said.