David Petroff is the Head Football Coach of the Royse City Bulldogs, who the Wildcats play Friday night (September 20) on Homecoming at Gerald Prim Stadium. Petroff is in the seventh year in Royse City. It’s his first head coaching job. Previously he was defensive coordinator at Waco Midway and was an assistant at Frisco High School. The Bulldogs are off to a 2-0 start this season with non-district wins over Frisco Centennial and Garland. Royse City had a bye last week. Coach Petroff said the Bulldogs have been much improved this season on offense. He said they have a lot of returners on the offensive side this year. The rock solid Bulldogs defense is led by senior nose guard Jamie Cortez, the district Defensive MVP last year. Coach Petroff said some inside and outside linebackers return along with two defensive ends that played a lot last year. He said one reason for Royse City’s improved offense this season is that the offensive line has been healthier. They did lose their center during a scrimmage but Coach Petroff said several other players stepped up. He said both his starting quarterback and top two running backs played all last year and are back. Royse City is much improved throwing the ball this year. Coach Petroff said he had good receivers on sub varsity teams last year plus the Bulldogs got a quality receiver who moved in from Lancaster. Coach Petroff’s son, Peyton, now plays the F back position for the Bulldogs and he is moved all over the field. Concerning Sulphur Springs, Coach Petroff said the first thing that jumps out at him are the two Wildcats running backs. He said he knows quarterback Kaden Wallace can run since he won a 200 meter dash race last year. Coach Petroff also noticed big offensive linemen Alfredo Olavide and Ryan Hammonds. He said looking at the Wildcats defensive formation was like looking in a mirror.
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