Scrimmage against Royse City prepares football for season opener


Roy Nitzan

Redhawk football opened their season against North Garland falling 38-24 on Friday at Williams Stadium.

Kasey Harvey, Editor-in-chief

Just under five weeks away from the start of District 5-5A play on Sept. 28, the football team kicked off their season Friday with a scrimmage against Royse City at Memorial Stadium.

“All teams had good outings against Royse City with the JV and 9th grade besting their opponent,” head football coach Chris Burtch said via email. “This was just a practice to gear up for what is coming. Hopefully a great run in district and getting to the playoffs.”

The scrimmage allowed both schools to gauge their team’s progress under the bright lights to gear up for next week’s season opener.

“I was pleased with the scrimmage,” Royse City High School’s athletic coordinator David Petroff said via email. “Coach Burtch and his staff do a great job with the kids at Frisco Liberty. From a Royse City standpoint we made it out of the scrimmage healthy and we got all of our kids many quality reps so we can continue our evaluations on the RC kids. Liberty was physical and they played hard. Weakness, probably their youth. They seemed to be very young at certain positions.”

Having just a handful of practices before taking on Royse City, the scrimmage showed the Redhawks what they need to work on before their first game against North Garland at Williams Stadium in Garland on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

“The biggest takeaway from the scrimmage was that we have to work on being more of a unit and come together as a team,” junior Damian Stuver said via text. “It showed us what we have to work on before district plays especially with our want for playoffs this year. I expected more from myself but I know what I have to work on and clean up before North Garland.”