FARMINGTON — The only thing Kyrese Rowan would have differently about his interception returned for touchdown would be if it was on the Farmington High sideline instead of the Roy sideline.
That’s because former Roy High assistant football coach Cody Caputo coaches for Farmington now. But Rowan’s OK with how things turned out in a very personal game for him.
Rowan’s 80-yard pick-six early in the second half proved the finality in a 52-21 win for Roy over Farmington that was celebratory for both schools.
The Royals (7-2, 4-1 Region 5) clinched a share of the Region 5 title. The Phoenix (2-7, 2-3), by way of Bountiful’s loss to Viewmont, qualified for the playoffs as the No. 4 seed.
“They couldn’t stop our running backs, our receivers who run the ball. We didn’t really pass it as much as I thought we would, but we didn’t really need to,” Rowan said.
After games concluded Friday, a gas station attendant at the Common Cents in Roy must have thought there was some sort of illicit activity going on. But it was only officials from three high schools flipping coins to decide seeds for the football playoffs as three teams finished tied with 4-1 region records.
The Royals came away with the lucky flips and the No. 1 seed out of Region 5. Box Elder is No. 2 and Viewmont got the unlucky No. 3, meaning a road game in the first round.
Here’s one reason why Roy might be so hard to stop right now. Rowan had 113 yards of total offense with two touchdowns. Jaden Harris had 87 yards of offense and two scores.
Cade Harris (he and Jaden are cousins) had 56 total yards with a touchdown and Carson Hill rushed for 44 yards on the Royals’ final drive with a touchdown.
Roy started fast, just like last week against Box Elder. The Royals led 21-0 early in the second quarter and 31-7 at halftime as Britton Watts hit a short field goal. That came after Farmington’s Hayden Toone scored on a short TD run in the first half.
“Past two weeks we’ve been saying in practice that we’ve got to start fast,” Cade Harris said.
“We ran the ball really well, caught them going downhill and just threw over the top of them so it worked out great.”
Farmington receiver Jude Cantrell caught four passes for 119 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Isaac Beckman caught five passes for 136 yards. Quarterback Wyatt Evertsen threw two touchdowns, one to Cantrell and one to Carver Lopez.
The Caputo connection wasn’t the only one between the two schools. Both head coaches, Fred Fernandes and Daniel Coats, embraced before the game, took photos and chatted for several minutes.
It wasn’t the first nor the last time people wearing different colors were super friendly to each other.
And since the result worked out for both teams in the long run, why shouldn’t that be the case?