ROY -- It had been a while since Roy had won a homecoming game, but they more than made amends for that Friday night by coming away with a closer than expected 28-21 victory over their rivals from Bonneville.
Led by the rushing of Ken Linehan and the arms of Garrett Bowman and Tyler Skidmore, the Royals jumped out to an early lead and held off a late Lakers push to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Roy needs a victory on Friday over Sky View to solidify a playoff spot this season.
"This was a must win for us and this program," Linehan said. "We struggled running the ball early on, but our offensive line figured it out later and opened some big holes for us to run through. We can celebrate tonight, but we need to forget about this game and come on Monday ready to work and get things together for Sky View next week."
Roy jumped on top in the first quarter after forcing a fumble on Bonneville's opening possesion. The Royals converted that turnover into a three-yard touchdown run from Logan LaRose and a 7-0 lead. After a Cameron Shaw interception, the Royals punched in another touchdown, this one coming from Linehan as he pounded in from two yards out for a 13-0 lead.
A mistake on defense allowed Bonneville to score just before the half when quarterback Braxton Stofferahn hit Brock Kap on a slant pass that went 49 yards to cut the lead to 13-7 heading into the locker room.
Roy answered the bell to start the third quarter as Nate Jones hauled in a nine-yard fade pass from Skidmore for the 21-7 lead. Stofferahn had another great moment as he hit Joe Wickham on an out pass that went 85 yards after breaking a couple of tackles to cut the lead back to one touchdown at 21-14.
Linehan took advantage of some gaping holes late in the game and put the finishing touches on a great drive with an 11-yard plunge in which he accounted for 40 of the yards on the drive.
The Lakers' Colby Bedford added a late touchdown run from two yards out, but Roy recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock to set off a fireworks show to celebrate the win.
Linehan finished with 10 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Royals offensively. They had 385 yards of total offense, but had two costly turnovers in the red zone that cut out scoring drives.
Stofferahn threw for over 250 yards and two touchdowns for the visiting Lakers.