Royals spoil Dyson's opener with Falcons

Friday , August 22, 2014 - 10:56 PM

By BOB JUDSON
Standard-Examiner correspondent

ROY-- Almost anyone who hoped Roy was going to roll over Clearfield on Friday evening was all wet, which meant nearly everyone in a rain-drenched season opener for both schools.

In the end, home-town expectations played out as Roy rocked the Falcons 49-21 in the mud and the sludge and the ooze.

“I was pleased with how we played for the first game of the year, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Roy coach Fred Fernandes. “Clearfield's speed exposed some things we need to fix, but for a season opener I'm pleased.”

Tyler Skidmore threw for three touchdown passes, including a pair to tight end Cody Hobbs, while junior running back Matty Matautia scored on runs of five and four yards.

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"We got a lot of guys involved tonight. Skid can spread it around and got the ball to a lot of kids and threw for a high percentage and makes the offense go,” Fernandes said.

After a slow first quarter, the Royals knocked down the door with 21 points in the second stanza, starting with a score to Hobbs and a five yard burst by Baby Tee Eteuati.

Nate Jones got an interception for the only turnover by the defense, then got on the scoreboard with a six yarder from Skidmore.

Roy closed out its scoring on an eight-yard run by Jaden Brown before Clearfield answered with its second big play of the game.

Deondre Hambric returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards to the house, outdistancing and 87-yard touchdown he carried in from Jace Haney earlier in the second half.

This game marked the coaching debut of Andre Dyson, who has a rebuilding job to do for the Falcons.

“I thought it was terrible,” Dyson said. “I did a bad job preparing the kids. We couldn't stop them on defense except for a fumble. But we will learn from our mistakes and learn from it. There will be trials and tribulations but will build on it going forward.”

 

ROY 49, CLEARFIELD 21

At Roy

Clearfield    0   7   7   7--21

Roy    7   21   14   7--49

Roy--Matautia 5 run (Aikuli kick)

Roy--Hobbs 49 pass from Skidmore (Aikuli kick)

Roy--Eteuati 5 run (run failed)

Roy--Jones 6 pass from Skidmore (Hobbs pass from Skidmore)

Clearfield--Gravley 3 pass from Martinez (Mabbitt kick)

Roy--Hobbs 10 pass from Skidmore (Aikuli kick)

Clearfield--Hambric 87 pass from Haney (Mabbitt kick)

Roy--Matautia 4 run (Aikuli kick)

Roy--Brown 8 run (Aikuli kick)

Clearfield--Hambric 97 kickoff return (Mabbitt kick)

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