Royal runs their unbeaten streak to 37, and gives up a single touchdown in the fourth quarter. Total Royal points blows past 500 in the first quarter of the game.
When you’re riding high on the seventh-longest winning streak in the country, it’s fairly certain you can score in a variety of different ways.
Just when La Salle (4-5) saw a flicker of hope, holding No. 1 ranked Royal to just two first-quarter touchdowns, the Knights (10-0) hit them with special teams, scoring 21 points in three minutes to run away with Friday night’s District 5 1A SCAC Crossover 48-7 at David Nielsen Stadium.
Angel Farias took two to the house on punt returns and special teamer Jack Diaz recovered a ball that was snapped over punter Nathan Ponce’s head into the end zone for another score. The punt team took over in the second quarter to help the Knights extend their winning streak to 37 consecutive games.
“When it went over the punter’s head, everybody just sort of attacked the ball,” Diaz said. “I was in the right place at the right time. Everybody contributes on this team. We all do our job. I thought the defense played well, but tonight it was special teams.”
It doesn’t hardly seem fair that a team averaging 54.4 points per game with a defense that didn’t allow a touchdown until Week 7, pitching six shutouts in 10 games, has one of the most explosive punt returners in the state. But Knights can score at any time from anywhere and Farias now has five punt returns for touchdowns.