Concerned with possible bad weather on Friday (September 21), through the weekend and on Monday, the Wildcats and Royse City coaches have decided to move the varsity district football game to Thursday night (September 20) at 7:30 p.m. at Royse City. The move is part of a switch with JV and Freshman contests moving to Friday night. Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens said the underclassmen will play in stadiums Friday, weather permitting. In case of foul weather, Coach Owens said the games would be moved to Multipurpose Buildings and would have scrimmage formats due to issues with space.
Coach Owens said he hoped to avoid another Lovejoy situation that resulted in a canceled game in week two. The Royse City contest is a district game that impacts district seeding and the playoffs. Coach Owens acknowledged that the change involves lots of groups and would be an inconvenience for some.
He said the Wildcats’ coaches will be adding some more things to Wednesday’s practice due to the change. About where the Wildcats are at this point of the season, Coach Owens said they are improving. He said there is still a lot of stuff to work on. Coach Owens described the Royse City offense as smash mouth, often using two tight ends.
He said the Wildcats will need to be great tacklers Thursday night. Coach Owens said the Wildcats need to put the Bulldogs into negative situations with solid play on first downs. Even though the Bulldogs don’t pass much, he said the Wildcats would need to be aware of the pass. Among Coach Owens keys to the game are taking care of the ball and getting points when the opportunity arises.
He said the Royse City defense is one where the players know their assignments. Coach Owens said among their standouts are a nose guard, a safety committed to SMU and some of their inside and outside linebackers. He characterized the Bulldogs as tough, physical and disciplined taking on the personality of their Head Coach David Petroff.