Mt. Pleasant runs over Royse City, 36-17, Friday night

MOUNT PLEASANT-Royse City’s Ryan Fedric raced 45 yards down the right sideline on the third play from scrimmage to give Royse City a brief 7-0 lead, but Landon Whitaker rushed for 227 yards and four scores as Mount Pleasant’s dominant running game overwhelmed the Bulldogs in a non-district affair Friday night, 36-17.

It didn’t help that Royse City fumbled five times and lost three.

After Mt. Pleasant scored a tying TD on a Whitaker three-yard run, they broke open the game with two more long TD runs of 52 yards by Benny Blaize and 61 yards by Whitaker.  

After a 34-yard Bulldog field goal by Sterling Mullen had narrowed the score to 21-10, Whitaker broke loose again for a 61-yard TD run. A two point conversion pass play after two failed kicks by Mt. Pleasant made the score 28-10.

The Bulldogs’ Jonathan Burns grabbed a 22-yard pass from Taylor Corbin with five seconds left in the half and the PAT made the score 28-17 at halftime, but Mt. Pleasant’s defense held Royse City scoreless in the second half while their offense scored one more TD and PAT. 

Corbin led Royse City’s offense with 217 yards passing on 17 of 25 attempts, plus gained 58 yards rushing. Kristopher Smith grabbed eight passes for 159 yards.

Fedric carried six times for 72 yards and Corey Nixon carried seven times for 28 yards.

Royse City had 369 yards total offense compared to 474 yard for Mt. Pleasant.

Royse City opens District 10-4A action Sept. 25 when they host the area’s 10th-ranked Rockwall at 7:30 pm.

In other action involving District teams this week, Richardson Pearce (2-1) blasted Richardson 43-21 Thursday night and Rockwall-Heath (2-1) held off Hillcrest 10-6 Friday night.


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