ROY -- The 2013 installment of "The Shield" rivalry game ended with some Hollywood flare Friday night at Durbano Field.
After watching his coach elect to go for it twice rather than kick a chip-shot field goal, Roy High Royals kicker Ben Aikuli stared down a 23-yard field goal with 1 second left.
His kick was dead on, lifting the Royals over rival Weber 17-14 in non-league action to improve to 2-0.
"I just went out there and saw it go through," Aikuli said.
When asked if he had kicked a field goal in a game, he responded, smiling "not a game winner."
A game that figured to be a offensive showcase turned into a drag-out defensive battle where the game hinged on every fourth quarter first down.
Roy signal caller Tyler Skidmore looked as if he would have his way early, connected with Logan LaRose on a 34-yard touchdown strike inside a minute to play in the first quarter. The Royals opted to go for two, and failed to convert.
Weber quarterback Cole Dean used only 10 seconds to send a rebuttal. Dean found Kyle McFarlane sprinting down the sideline for a 80 touchdown to give his Warriors a 7-6 lead.
Dean would also find Austin Dew for another first-half touchdown to give the Warriors a 14-6 edge at the half.
Warrior running back Auston Tesch looked poised to take over the game, amassing most of his team's yards on the ground, Tesch also looked as throw he came up with a game clinching interception mid-way through the fourth period only to see it negated by a penalty.
Baby Tee Eteuati picked up his team and carried the Royals through their offensive woes, and led the charge to Aikuli's heroic ending. Eteuati first set up a 1-yard Skidmore TD run, then came up with the two-point conversion catch to tie the game. Then capped his night by coming up with a big first down run to set up Aikuli's kick.
LaRose had one of three Roy interceptions. Cody Hobbs helped the Royals limit Weber (1-1) to 14 second-half yards of offense.