MURRAY — Not since 1975 has Roy had a start like this.
It took an overtime touchdown pass from childhood teammates Tyler Skidmore to Nate Jones to seal Roy’s fourth straight win, but that’s not slowing the Royals down as they look to Box Elder and their first region game.
“I just knew I had to make the catch,” Jones said. “It feels good, really good.”
The 9-3 win over Murray High at Ray Oliverson Stadium bumps the Royals to 4-0 setting up a showdown with 3-1 Box Elder next Friday night.
“You’ll take the win any way you can get it,” Roy coach Fred Fernandes said. “Give a lot of credit to Murray, though, they came out and showed a lot of heart and battled their brains out.”
In a game that saw more sacks than points in regulation, it was defense that dominated the evening.
Despite the setbacks Roy quarterback Skidmore finished 6-of-13 for 76 yards and senior running back Ken Linehan rushed the ball 11 times for 44 yards.
Roy’s defense racked up six sacks, including a back-to-back combo in overtime that forced the Spartans into a hopeless field goal attempt.
Murray’s senior QB Justin Adams was 15-of-28 for 169 yards including a 29-yard pass to Court Adams late in the fourth quarter that led to the Spartans equalizing field goal.
After escaping Murray by the skin of their teeth, Fernandes says there’s a lot to work on in preparation for Box Elder.
“We have to work on stopping the run and getting betting pass coverage,” he said. “Box Elder is a heck of a team and they’re going to give us a fight.”
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