WENATCHEE, WA – The Royal Knights left no doubt that they were ready for a Saturday test with Okanogan at Wenatchee’s Apple Bowl, scoring on the first play from scrimmage and routing the Bulldogs 49-0 in the State 1A Quarterfinals.
Alonso Hernandez bolted around the left edge and raced up the Okanogan sideline for a 65-yard touchdown on Royal’s first play of the game to jump out to a 7-nothing lead. From there on, it was total domination by Royal.
Okanogan’s only real scoring chance came on its first possession, getting inside the Royal 25-yard line before settling on a 40-yard field goal attempt, the missed well short.
Hernandez then ripped off two long runs setting up a two yard touchdown pass from Sawyer Jenks to Isaac Ellis for a 14-0 lead. The Bulldogs fumbled their next possession away and was recovered by Royal’s Lorenzo Myrick. Jenks quickly struck on a 43-yard pass to Angel Farias, who leaped into the air and caught the ball with one hand even while being interfered with on the play. That led to a 1-yard plunge by Jenks to give the Knights a 21-0 lead after one quarter of play.
Farias would again flash his athletic ability on a 45-yard punt return in the second quarter to set Royal up at the Okanogan 5-yard line. Farias would make a catch and run two plays later to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Hernandez to put Royal on top 28-0.
The hit of the game came late in the second quarter when Jenks threw to Gage Christensen on a crossing pattern, who juggled the ball and was belted by Okanogan’s Martin Grooms. Somehow, despite the wicked hit, Christensen held on for a 9-yard gain. Royal went into the locker room with a 28-0 lead.
Any chance of a Bulldog comeback was quickly erased when on the first play of the second half, Okanogan quarterback Alex Nelson was intercepted by Myrick. Myrick capped the ensuing drive off with a 9-yard touchdown run to put the Knights up 35-0.
Okanogan’s third turnover of the game came on its next possession on a fumble on a fourth down play, recovered by Logan Gomez. Jenks quickly hit Corbin Christensen on a 35-yard pass play to set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Hernandez, his third of the game, to give Royal a 42-0 lead.
Following the ensuing kickoff, Nelson was again picked off, this time by Corbin Christensen, who returned it 35-yards for a touchdown to make it 49-0. The officials would institute a running clock for the final quarter and Royal advanced with the 49-nothing victory.
Royal will play Newport in next week’s semifinal after Newport advanced by downing Colville 21-7.