ROY -- It was senior night for the Roy High Royals on Friday, but it was a junior who stole the show.
After taking over play-calling duties in the second half, quarterback Garrett Bowman rushed for a touchdown and tossed another, leading the Royals to a 17-14 win over Mountain Crest in their home finale.
Trailing 7-3 coming out of the locker room, the Roy defense shut down a Mustangs' fourth-down attempt in Royal territory and Bowman took advantage, leading Roy 67 yards downfield, capped by his 1-yard touchdown plunge.
"He stepped in and did a heck of a job," said Roy coach Fred Fernandes. "He was a bit shaky on some of his throws, but he made the plays he needed to and that's all I can ask from him."
Roy (1-4 Region 5, 4-5 overall) put on its best performance of the season on defense, holding the Mustangs (3-2, 5-4) to just 14 points and 244 yards of total offense. The Royals had given up nearly 31 points per game in their first four Region 5 games.
"They didn't surprise me one bit," Fernandes said. "They've done a good job all year, but we were letting them down on the other side of the ball in a bunch of those games."
The Royals took a 17-7 lead in the fourth quarter when Bowman hooked up with senior tailback Jake Trujillo for a 6-yard score, but the Mustangs narrowed the gap after Eddy Hall tossed a 30-yard touchdown bomb to Joseph Carlson.
Mountain Crest had one last chance late in the fourth, but Roy's defense dug in, forcing the Mustangs to turn the ball over on downs for the fourth time in the game.