Rains makes playoffs despite lop-sided loss

By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent

Nov. 11, 2007 - EMORY - The Royse City Bulldogs entered Friday night's contest looking to regain their dominance after lackluster performances the previous two weeks. By the time the final whistle blew, Royse City once again looked like the team to beat in the playoffs after handing the Emory Rains Wildcats a 71-14 loss in front of their home crowd at Wildcat Stadium.

Despite the loss, the Wildcats (4-6 overall, 2-3 in District 16-2A) qualified for the playoffs as the third place team in District 10-3A by virtue of Commerce beating Nevada Community on Friday. Rains will play Celina in the first round of the playoffs next weekend at a site and time to be determined.

On Friday, the Wildcats looked as though they might make a game of it when Montrea Hobbs scored on a 56-yard touchdown run to make the score 13-7 with just over four minutes remaining in the first quarter. Their hopes were dashed, though, when Royse City ripped off 39 unanswered points in the remaining 16 minutes of the first half to take a 52-7 lead at the intermission.

The Bulldogs continued to capitalize on the Wildcats' miscues during the second half. Montrea Hobbs gave the Rains sideline a boost in the fourth quarter when he returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Colby Hoover added his second PAT kick of the night to round out the Wildcat scoring.

Junior quarterback Richard Morrison and senior running back Burt Boudreaux provided most of the fireworks for Royse City. Morrison completed 20-of-24 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns. His lone setback came when Hoover picked off a pass intended for Carlos Gallegos in the first quarter.

Boudreaux finished the game leading all rushers with 127 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries. Boudreaux scored on runs of 61, 20, 1, and 5 yards.

The Wildcats were led by Hobbs, who finished the game with 84 yards on 16 carries. Taylor Marshall completed 5-of-10 passes for 34 yards with one interception. Hoover finished with three catches for 22 yards.

Rains completes District 10-3A competition with a district mark of 2-3 and an overall record of 4-6. Royse City claims the district title with a perfect 5-0 district record for the second year in a row.

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