Turnovers cost the Royse City Bulldogs dearly Friday night as undefeated Dennison (11-0) scored two touchdowns on fumble recoveries, plus intercepted two of Royse City (7-4) quarterback Richard Morrison’s passes, and beat the Bulldogs, 41-24, at SMU’s Ford Stadium.
The two TDs proved to be the difference, as Dennison’s Aaron Morrison recovered and returned a fumble 31 yards in the first quarter, and Shalamar Traylor recovered and returned another fumble 25 yards in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs had more first downs than Dennison, 22-15, and gained 343 yards total offense, but were unable to stop Dennison’s dynamic duo of running back D.J. Jones and quarterback Jordan Taylor.
Jones scored three touchdowns, on runs of nine yards in the first quarter, 56 yards in the third quarter, plus a 65-yard pass reception in the third quarter, when Dennison took control and led 34-10. Overall he rushed for 180 yards on 22 carries and caught two passes for 68 yards.
Taylor rushed for 99 yards on 10 carries and completed 9 of 11 passes for 144 yards, including the TD pass to Jones.
Royse City came alive and rallied for two TDs and a two-point PAT in the fourth quarter.
Richard Morrison, who completed 23 of 45 passes for 245 yards, threw a 10-yard touchdown strike to Devin Bryant, plus Frank Dave burst in from one yard out. Justin Jacobs then caught a pass from Morrison for two points.
But time then just ran out for the Bulldogs, after an excellent season.