Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens continues to express frustration with last Friday night’s district opening 15-13 loss at Terrell. Coach Owens had his weekly media gathering Wednesday morning as the Wildcats are preparing to face Royse City this Friday night for Homecoming at Gerald Prim Stadium. Coach Owens reiterated areas that frustrated him Friday. Gaining nearly 400 yards but scoring only 13 points. The defense dominating but the Wildcats still coming up short. Special team breakdowns on extra point and field goal kicks. Penalties including eight for holding. Coach Owens said areas of concern have to be cleaned up and players need to stay focused. He said they can’t keep beating themselves. He repeated the team continues to get better. He added no one is panicking. Coach Owens said the Wildcats would really be challenged this week by Royse City. He called the Bulldogs perhaps the best overall team the Wildcats have played so far this year. He said they play physical football and they play hard. Coach Owens said what they do is not complicated. On offense, he said the Bulldogs have a pair of athletic quarterbacks. Coach Owens said they have a talented receiver to throw to. The Bulldog head coach’s son, Peyton Petroff, has moved from running back to slot receiver and Coach Owens said they try to get the ball in his hands. He said their offensive line is not overpowering but does a good job covering up defenders. Coach Owens said Royse City is a lot like Frisco Wakeland and Lovejoy. On defense, Coach Owens said the nose guard is the one who makes the defense go. He added the three Bulldogs defensive linemen are their best three defensive players. Coach Owens said their smallest linebacker, senior John Klump, may be the best of the backers. He said the Bulldogs use standard coverage in the secondary. He said any Sulphur Springs and Royse City game is a dogfight. Coach Owens said he expects Royse City to come in full of confidence. They had a bye last week to prepare for the Wildcats. The Bulldogs are 2-0 with wins over Frisco Centennial and Garland. Coach Owens said he considers Royse City to be one of the top three teams in the district.
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