Friday , August 22, 2014 - 10:56 PM
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.
"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
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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