PLEASANT VIEW -- The Shield is staying put.
For the second straight year it will rest in the trophy case of Roy High thanks to a convincing 41-12 Royal victory over Weber High at Earl Jones Field Friday night marking the first time in recent memory that Roy has won its first two games of the year.
"We played a little sluggish in the first half and there's still a lot to clean up still," said Roy coach Fred Fernandes. "We got things going in the second half. Our receivers caught the ball well and they ran great routs."
Despite the 29-point blowout, Weber was in the contest before a series of third-quarter miscues turned the tide. Trailing by just two at 14-12 late in the third quarter, the Warriors were threatening to take the lead. The wheels began to come off, however, after a bad snap over the punter's head on fourth down gave the Royals possession on the Warrior 34 with 3:16 remaining in the period.
On the first play following the turnover, Garrett Bowman threw a perfect 34-yard scoring strike to Logan LaRose to give the Royals some breathing room. It was the first of four unanswered touchdowns that led to the runaway win for Roy.
There wasn't anything sluggish about Roy's first touchdown as it took the opening kickoff and methodically marched 73 yards in 16 plays for a 7-0 lead. Ken Linehan capped the drive with a four-yard run, the first of three rushing touchdowns for the senior running back.
Weber took advantage of a Royal fumble at the Warriors 14, and knotted the score with just over a minute left in the first quarter when Jason Mann hooked up with Huston Wad on a 10-yard TD pass.
Roy regained the lead on its next possession as Linehan again capped the scoring drive with a 23-yard scamper.
Weber stayed close by scoring five unanswered points to start the second half on a 25-yard Mitch Mordaunt field goal and a safety, but that was as close as it would get.
Following LaRose's TD reception that put the Royals on top 21-12, Bowman threw a perfect scoring strike to David Hadley to close out the third-quarter scoring. The rout was on when Tyler Skidmore threw a 64-scoring bomb to Cody Hobbs and Linehan ran in from eight yards out.
"For just the second game of the year, our kids are playing well. This is a good group of kids who could do something special," said Fernandes.