Royal cruises through the first round playoff game with ease. Angel Farrias gets his sixth punt return for a touchdown in the season.
Farias Returns Sixth Punt Of Season For A Touchdown, Knights Roll Over Freeman In 1A State Tournament
Freeman punter Desmond Parisotto had seen enough film to know who he was kicking to in Friday night’s 1A state playoff game at David Nielsen Stadium.
His first two punts angled decisively away, toward the sideline and out-of-bounds. With just under two minutes left in the first quarter, he finally boomed a 56-yarder that bounced inside the Royal 10-yard line, but instead of going out-of-bounds, it took a big hop on the 7 and Knights return man Angel Farias went to work.
Farias gathered the ball and began to pick his way up the near sideline on cruise control, waiting for the return to develop. The 6-foot-2 junior ducked between a wave of Freeman defenders as it converged, building speed as he weaved his way through to the 20, then turned on the afterburners and angled toward midfield in full stride.
Farias had only Parisotto to beat. He slowed to allow his blockers to catch up, pointing out to teammates what he needed and Freeman became the third consecutive punt team to be “Touched by an Angel” in as many weeks.
Farias’ 93-yard punt return for the touchdown was his sixth of the season and his fourth in the past three weeks. Sawyer Jenks was spot on with three first-half touchdown passes. Alonso Hernandez returned a pass interception 45 yards for a touchdown and the Knights (11-0) rolled to a 35-0 victory over the Scotties in defense of their 1A state championship.
The two-time defending state champions scored with all three units, each one impressive in its own right. Jenks connected on touchdown passes of 9 and 19 to Corbin Christensen, who sliced through the Scotties defensive backfield like a hot blade through butter, finishing up with 118 yards with eight receptions. Farias, who finished the night with 179 yards in total offense, was on the receiving end of the longest touchdown pass of the night, hauling in a 58-yard strike in the second quarter.