Royal running clocks previously undefeated Okanogan in the quarterfinals.
The two-time defending state champion Royal Knights took another step on their journey back to the Tacoma Dome with a 49-0 dismantling of previously unbeaten Okanogan in the 1A quarterfinal game Saturday night at the Apple Bowl in Wenatchee.
They have 39 consecutive wins now, but it’s not the game they want. It was just a means to the end, and in their case, one more state championship for the mantle.
“I didn’t see this coming,” Royal coach Wiley Allred said. “I think if they would have scored on the first couple of possessions, it might have been a different story.”
There’s that little ditty about offense wins games and defense wins championships, and when you have both, chances are pretty good you haven’t lost in a good long while. Royal (12-0) put up 21 first-quarter points and extended the lead to 28-0 by the half, finishing the night with 21 first downs and 418 total yards. They were playing under a running clock with 13 minutes remaining in the game.
Scary thing is, that’s not the impressive part. While the offense was in full, boogey tilt mode, the Knights’ defense throttled the best offense they’ve seen this season. The Bulldogs rolled into town with a ground game averaging 275.5 yards per game with tailback Julian Cates (167 ypg) leading the charge. Royal held Okanogan to just six first downs (0-8 on third down), 155 total yards, and held Cates to just 29 yards on 11 carries.