Royse City executed its ground game to the tune of 282 yards rushing, while limiting Kaufman’s running attack as the Lions suffered their second district loss Friday, 27-21.
Royse City opened with a 78-yard scoring drive. It featured runs on all but one play and was aided by two 15-yard penalties.
Kaufman evened the score with a drive capped by Trey Collier’s 27-yard pass to Cecil Gasper.
The teams traded punts and Kaufman held again only to lose the ball on a fumble.
Royse City capitalized for a 10-7 lead on a 29-yard field goal.
Kaufman punted, got it back on an interception and was driving deep in Royse City territory when a fumble and return set up Royse City for a field goal as the period ended, making it 13-7 at the half.
Kaufman grabbed the lead with a scoring drive to open the third quarter. Collier threw 35 yards to Charleston Miller, and Yael Sandoval’s kick put the Lions up 14-13.
It took Royse City just five plays to retake the lead, 20-14.
After Kaufman had a three-and-out, Royse City scored for the final time on a four-play drive to make it 27-14.
Kaufman drove it for another score late in the third quarter and into the fourth, with Collier passing 26 yards to Gasper. That made it 27-21.
The Lions had the ball two more times after forcing Royse City punts but could not find the end zone again.
Collier was 10-14 passing for 153 yards and ran 15 times for 60. Kevon Butler carried 17 times for 76 yards. Gasper caught six passes for 90 yards and Miller three for 56.
On the defensive side, Michael Glick had 10.5 tackles and an interception, Billy Pullen eight tackles, Pedro Cortez 7.5, Jalen Fields six plus a sack, Kevon Butler, Raikyviun Shaw and Mongtana Booker 4.5 each, Chris Davidson four with a sack and caused fumble, Ladamian Bailey 3.5 tackles and with three apiece Alex Olvera, Angel Juarez, John Maldonado and Cecil Gasper.
Friday’s loss bumped Kaufman into third place in the District 8-5A standings, though a win at 5-1 Sulphur Springs Friday would put the Lions back into a second-place tie and holding the tiebreaker.
Another loss would leave the Lions battling Ennis and Royse City with three losses each for the final two playoff berths.
Corsicana remains unbeaten atop the district at 7-0, including a last-second win at Kaufman.
The Lions close the regular season hosting Forney Nov. 9, which stood at 2-4 heading into this week’s game with Greenville.