Royse City quarterback Richard Morrison generated 500 yards of total offense, scoring two TDs and passing for four more, as the Bulldogs nearly upset the area’s top-ranked 4A and undefeated Highland Park Scots, 48-45, Friday night at Highland Park.
In the wild shootout, both teams combined for 1,000 yards of total offense and 50 first downs.
Ahead 28-7 two minutes into the second quarter, it appeared that Royse City (5-3, 3-2) was well on its way to upsetting Highland Park (8-0, 5-0), until the Scots found their composure and scored 39 straight, unanswered points during the second and third quarters, taking a 46-28 lead.
Royse City stormed back with 15 straight of their own points during the third and fourth quarters, but it wasn’t quite enough to win.
Morrison shocked the Scots crowd on the first Bulldog offensive series when he threw a 65-yard touchdown bomb to Justin Jacobs, barely one minute into the game. Then he surprised Scots fans again on the next series with a 30-yard pass to Jacobs and another 30-yarder for a TD to Devin Bryant.
The two scores marked the first time all season that Highland Park had not scored first in a game, and left the Scots down 14-0.
University of Arizona recruit Morrison finished the game with 209 yards rushing on 16 carries, and 291 yards passing, completing 16 of 31, with one interception.
Jacobs grabbed six passes for 144 yards and two TDs.
Running back Dave Frank rushed for 71 yards on only five carries.
Kicker Kollin Padon connected on five of five PATs.
Highland Park’s comeback was led by quarterback Luke Woodley, who completed 20-30 passes for 248 yards, rushed for one touchdown and passed for two more.
Scots Running back Bryan Dickenson rushed 25 times for 201 yards and one TD. He also grabbed eight passes for 77 yards.
Although Royse City lost, the Bulldogs remain in strong contention for a playoff berth.
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