New district first look: Royse City

Leopards have history of success vs. former district foe Bulldogs

Royse City

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles on the school’s opponent in next year’s new UIL district, 15-5A. 

Enrollment: 1,329

Mascot: Bulldogs

School Colors: Black and Gold

Distance from Lovejoy: 25.8 mi (42 minutes) 700 FM 2642, Royse City, TX 75189

Year opened: 2006

Bulldogs’ 2015-16 results (according to Maxpreps):

Football: 4-6

Volleyball: 23-10

Basketball: 6-21

Girls Basketball: 15-11

Soccer: 4-5-1

Girls Soccer: 15-8-1

Baseball: 12-11-1 (2 games remain)

Softball: 8-7-1 (1 game remains)

Famous Alumni: None

Athletes to watch:

Football –  Brett Martinez, RB, class of 2017

Martinez rushed for 1,200 yards on 217 attempts and 15 touchdowns in the 2015-2016 season. Royse City’s second leading rusher was senior quarterback Courtland Vance who rushed the ball 150 times. So with Vance gone, look for Martinez to get even more touches than he did last season.

Analysis: The Royse City Bulldogs will be making a return to the Leopards’ district after a two-year hiatus. During the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, the Leopards had the upper hand in almost all sporting events. The Leopards currently lead the football series 2-0, the basketball series 6-0, the volleyball series 4-0, the softball series 2-0, and the baseball series 3-1. Because Royse City was a fairly new school when they last were a part of the Leopards’ district, the Bulldogs did not have the most success in athletics. However, now that the Bulldogs have more experience as an athletic program, look for them to put up tougher competition in years to come.