KAYSVILLE — In a battle of 5-0 squads, Roy’s chances of defeating Davis took a major hit Friday night following an incomplete halfback pass on fourth-and-7 from the Darts’ 20 yard line with 8:48 remaining in the game.
Davis was leading 40-33 and responded with a touchdown drive that gave it a 47-33 lead with 2:27 left.
Roy refused to quit, however, pulling off two touchdown drives and a successful two-point conversion before watching Davis’ 51-yard game-winning field goal attempt come up short to stun Davis 48-47.
“There’s no quit in them. I know that,” Roy coach Fred Fernandes said about his players. “They knew this was going to be a four-quarter battle and the last team with the ball was probably going to win it.”
Roy pulled within a touchdown after going 82 yards in eight plays, taking just 1:19 off the clock. Tytan Fernandes caught a 12-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive.
The Royals failed to recover the ensuing onside kick but had three timeouts remaining. Davis then fumbled on the first two plays of its next drive, with the latter being recovered by Roy’s Ryson Cash at the Davis 39-yard line.
Five plays later, on fourth-and-3 from the 20, Royals quarterback Parker Kingston found Ethan Ecker for a touchdown with 13.6 seconds remaining. Roy elected to go for the two-point conversion, and following a penalty that took the ball to the 1½-yard line, Cade Harris ran it in to give the Royals the lead.
Davis was the beneficiary of two untimed downs because of penalties, resulting in the long field-goal attempt.
Roy ran for 438 yards, with Kingston tallying 205 and three touchdowns. Izzy Gordon ran for 165 yards and a touchdown and Harris ran for 69 yards and a touchdown. Kingston also completed 16 of 24 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
Davis quarterback Chance Trujillo ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns and also completed 17 of 24 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns. David Spjut caught seven passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns, while Owen Murdock caught four passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns for the Darts.
Davis and Roy went back and forth throughout the game with the Darts taking a 26-20 lead into halftime.