Roy's starters take second half off in 63-21 win

Oct 4 2013 - 11:38pm

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OGDEN -- The Tigers took the first bite, but it was the Royals who enjoyed the feast.

After punting on its first possession and giving up an early score on defense, Roy put its foot on the accelerator, scoring seven straight touchdowns en route to a 63-21 thrashing of Ogden on Friday.

"You know what, it's just nice to get back into the win column," said Roy coach Fred Fernandes. "We were able to run the ball tonight, which we haven't been able to do consistently. But now, I hope we can sustain that. We have to have a run game to complement our pass game, so it's a step in the right direction."

After consecutive Region 5 losses, the Royals re-established their dominant ground game against the Tigers, racking up 292 rushing yards. Tailback Baby Tee Eteuati rumbled for 104 of those, also pumping in a pair of touchdown runs.

Ogden (2-5, 0-3 Region 5) opened the scoring when sophomore quarterback Cameron Mortensen launched a 28-yard touchdown pass to senior halfback Josh Shackleford to give Ogden an early 7-0 lead.

But it was all Roy from there, as the Royals scored touchdowns on every remaining possession in the first half.

Roy quarterback Tyler Skidmore had an efficient night -- playing only in the first half -- completing 8 of 11 passes for 79 yards and three touchdowns, two going to receiver Nate Jones and another to Cody Hobbs.

Jones also made an impact on defense, polishing off a 35-point second quarter for the Royals (5-2, 2-2 Region 5) when he returned a 40-yard interception to the house, putting Roy up 49-7 at the break.

"We played a lot better defense this week," Fernandes said. "Nate (Jones) had a great game tonight and I'd like to see that more often, because I think he's a great player when he focuses."

Roy outgained Ogden 278-41 on offense in the first half and promptly called off the dogs for the remainder of the game, content to let younger players run the clock in the second half.

The Tigers didn't completely disappear, though, scoring on their first two possessions after halftime, the first coming courtesy of a 59-yard touchdown scamper from Shackleford.

Roy responded with a 10-yard touchdown run from Caden Kirkland, who chipped in one more score before the night ended.

Ogden earned one last touchdown, capping an 81-yard drive as Mortensen scored on a 1-yard plunge.

NOTES: Roy running back Justin Weaver finished with 61 yards and a touchdown on five carries. ... Mortensen completed 9 of 22 passes for 85 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for Ogden.

* BOX ELDER 49, BONNEVILLE 21: At Brigham City, the Bees gave up an opening score as well, but then settled down to running the ball right down the Lakers' throats in a Region 5 rout.

Riley Burt and Breckin Gunter each ran for a pair of scores, combining for 238 rushing yards.

QB Shad Watson added two short rushing TDs, while Connor Udy broke free for an 82 TD jaunt.

Bonneville scored first on Kysen Hall's 8 yard run. The Lakers added a pair of late TD scoring passes.

Defensively, Jayk Brooks and Matt Williams each had nine tackles as Box Elder geared up for its final three games of the regular season: Sky View, Mountain Crest and Logan.

In Thursday's action, Logan ran wild on Sky View, 52-21, while Mountain Crest dropped a 53-0 decision to East.

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