ENNIS — All good things come to an end and the Royse City Bulldogs’ eight-game football winning streak ended at Lion Memorial Stadium with a 38-21 loss to Ennis on Friday night.
The Lions found a couple of weaknesses and hammered away at what worked best to put up 38 points on what was considered by many as an invincible Bulldog defense.
The Lions (5-1, 4-0) kept their District 8-5A-II record clean as they utilized a quarterback draw play and sideline pass completions to their wide receiver to continuously make huge gains on the Bulldog defense.
Royse City (4-1, 2-1) will host the Corsicana Tigers (5-1, 4-0) for the Bulldogs’ homecoming on Friday at Royse City ISD Stadium. Corsicana is riding a five-game winning steak and is undefeated in district play.
Ennis quarterback Collin Drake ran for 150 yards on 19 carries, all of which was up the middle on Royse City’s defense.
Drake also completed nine passes for 145 yards to receiver Laylon Spencer. Both players scored a touchdown from 36 yards, with Drake’s on a run up the middle and Spencer’s on a reception down the sideline and into the end zone.
Royse City countered and even took a short-lived lead, but the Ennis offense answered every Bulldog challenge.
Sophomore tailback and return specialist Ahmon Petty-Dozier led the Bulldogs. Following the Ennis opening score by Jarius Jones on a 4-yard run, Petty-Dozier fielded the ensuing kickoff at the goal line. Petty-Dozier did what he does best, zig zagging his way through the Ennis kickoff team en route to a 97-yard return to the Ennis 3-yard line. Bulldog fullback Peyton Petroff took over and carried the final three yards for the touchdown. The extra point kick by Anthony Ortiz tied the score up just 21 seconds after the Lions scored.
Ennis responded with Drake’s 36-yard touchdown run up the middle. However, the point-after failed.
Three minutes and thirty seconds later, Royse City completed its only sustained drive with an 8-yard touchdown run by Petroff. Ortiz booted the point after for a 14-13 Bulldog lead.
Ennis then responded with three unanswered scores off of a 16-yard touchdown run by Devion Beasley, the 36-yard touchdown pass to Spencer and a 27-yard field goal by Angel Aguilar. The scoring spree ended the first half and opened the third quarter as the Lions took a 31-14 lead.
But the Bulldog’s big playmaker, Petty-Dozier, went to work again and on his fourth run of the game he broke loose, side-stepped numerous Ennis Lions and galloped 54 yards down the Bulldog sideline. Petty-Dozier’s run set up another short Bulldog touchdown run by Petroff from 7 yards.
Ennis capped off its scoring as the Lions ended a 79-yard drive on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Drake to Clayton Jenkins. Aguilar’s extra point nailed down the victory for Ennis which by the way was the Lions’ 600th victory for the five-time state champion football program.