Royal, a senior running back, delivered a trifecta of touchdowns during last Friday’s game that fueled the Dolphins’ triumph over BC Raine . His remarkable 90-yard kickoff return, coupled with a 61-yard punt return and a 50-yard free kick return—all in the first half—were pivotal in reversing the team’s fortunes.
Personal Injury Attorney Stephen Collins of Greene & Phillips handed over the Player of the Week award to Royal, who humbly credited his teammates for the victory. “It’s definitely a team award,” Royal stated, emphasizing the collective effort that spurred his individual success.
Head Coach, Mark Hudspeth, praised Royal’s contributions on the field and also highlighted his character off the field, “He’s an exceptional player, but even better kid, a couple of weeks ago, we get through the Friday night game, probably 1030…. He’s handing out food the next morning at 6 a.m. at the church food pantry.”
Royal’s advice to peers is poignant: push forward regardless of the odds, maintain humility, and keep striving. His philosophy of hard work and perseverance resonates strongly in his community.
After presenting the award to Royal, Stephen Collins remarked , “This is one of our biggest missions. It’s to support our local community. So Greene & Phillips feels very passionate about supporting these local athletes. We love doing High School Player of the Week, whether that’s with football or any other sport.”
The Gulf Shores Dolphins head into the playoffs as the top seed.
Congratulations to Ronnie Royal for his amazing performance throughout the season and especially at Friday night’s gam. We look forward to seeing what he does at NC State as a member of the Wolfpack.
See more outstanding athletes on Fox10 TV’s Player of the Week page.