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Royse City opens football season tonight vs. Poteet Pirates

By J.J. Smith. After experiencing a 1-9 rebuilding year in 2009, head coach Greg Strahm’s Royse City Bulldogs welcome back 16 starters and 21 lettermen from last year’s team tonight against the Mesquite Poteet Pirates at 7:30 pm in the opening game for both teams at Bulldogs Stadium in Royse City.

This will be the first game for new Pirates head coach Randy Jackson, who previously ran a successful program at Lone Oak, with an 84-37 record.

This will also be the first game for the Bulldogs as a member of District 13-4A, after the UIL realigned numerous districts last Spring, including District 10-4A, in which Royse City previously played with Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath.

The Bulldogs must now travel extensively to Texarkana and Sherman, playing the likes of Denison and Sulphur Springs, which both made the playoffs last year.

Royse City is expected to be led by quarterback Taylor Corbin, who last year threw for 2,120 yards and 15 touchdowns, and wide receiver Kristopher Smith, who caught 54 passes for 802 yards and 7 TDs.

Leading the defense should be linebackers Ryon Phillips (89 tackles, 3 sacks), Ryan Perry (87 tackles) and J.R. Arredondo (80 tackles).

Last year Poteet had a winless season in 10 games in District 15-4A. They return 11 starters, but will play many underclassmen.

Both teams are expected to improve considerably over last year. The Bulldogs are considered a possible playoff team by some high school sports writers.

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