ROY -- With The Shield on the line, the Royals bent, but didn't break.
Trailing by just two points with 45 seconds remaining in the game, Weber High lined up to attempt the game-tying two-point conversion. But when quarterback Brad Boswell took the snap, he was immediately crushed in the backfield by Roy junior Hunter Grimes, sealing the Royals' 14-12 victory at Ernest Durbano Field.
"You know what, that's just one play," said Royals coach Fred Fernandes, who moved to 2-0 in his first season at the helm of his alma mater. "There were a lot of big plays in that game, and Hunter didn't necessarily have his best game, but I'm glad we came up with one there."
Roy watched a 14-0 lead evaporate in the fourth quarter after Warriors backup quarterback Jason Mann connected with receiver Mason Schlange for an electrifying 79-yard touchdown. After failing the two-point conversion, Weber quickly got the ball back with 7:48 to play, and Boswell marched the Warriors 66 yards downfield, capped by sophomore running back Austin Tesch's 1-yard touchdown plunge.
But Grimes and the Royals' front seven dug in, saving Roy's home opener.
"We kind of lost our composure on that last drive, but we got to the quarterback when we needed to," Grimes said. "We still have a lot to work on, but we are happy to win it."
In the first half, Roy appeared on its way to a blowout.
Taking advantage of a short field after botched snap on a Weber (0-2) punt, Roy scored its first touchdown in the second quarter when freshman quarterback Tyler Skidmore hooked up with senior tailback Jake Trujillo for a 3-yard strike.
After another possession where the Warriors moved backward, thanks to penalties and Roy's stiff run defense, the Royals drew blood again, as Skidmore tossed a screen pass to Trujillo, which he took 35-yards to paydirt, putting the Royals ahead 14-0.
"Tyler's a youngster and he made a few mistakes, but him and Jake were absolutely fantastic tonight," Fernandes said. "Our defensive scheme was fabulous and they put our offense in good position a lot tonight."
In the second half, Weber kept the Royals in check, holding them scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Skidmore completed 11-of-16 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, while Trujillo hauled in five catches for 70 yards and both of those scores. Trujillo also carried the ball six times for 18 yards.
Defensively, the Royals got sacks from Grimes, Marcus Matuatia, Noah Mac Innes and Skyler Hadley.
Boswell finished with 19 carries for 39 yards and completed 8-of-16 passes for 68 yards and one interception, which was nabbed by Roy's Jordan Beyer in the end zone just before halftime.
Tesch led Weber on the ground with 21 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown, but had two costly fumbles. Dallin Green had four receptions for 59 yards.
Mistakes took their toll on both teams, as the Warriors were doomed by turnovers (five) and penalties (nine for 78 yards), while the Royals committed three turnovers and seven penalties for 80 yards.