ROY After dropping its game against Bonneville last week, Roy needed a win Friday night to keep its hopes alive in the Region 5 title chase. It lived up to the bill, defeating Box Elder 28-26 in a hard-nosed battle.
"We really just take every game, especially region games, one at a time," said Roy coach Rod Bockwoldt. "There is a lot of parity in this league, and anybody who doesn't think that is foolish. Anybody can beat anybody at any given time.
"I have to give Box Elder credit. They have a lot of tradition up there, and they fought hard tonight."
Joe Sattiewhite led the way for the Royals, carrying the ball 27 times for 180 yards. He scored once in the contest the first touchdown of the game on a 16-yard pass from Luke Hobbs. Roy missed the extra point to keep the lead at 6-0.
The Bees had the ball for only three minutes in the first quarter but only needed one play to grab their sole lead of the game. After Sattiewhite's score, Cam Greene took the ensuing kickoff from his own 1 and outran the Royals' defense down the field. Sean Barnett punched through the point-after to put the Bees up 7-6.
The Royals were quick to answer, using an eight-yard run by Hobbs to go back up. They doubled the Bees score with a fake kicking attempt that resulted in a two-point conversion off a pass from Corley Ward to Chad Illum.
The scoring continued to flip flop as Roman Neville rushed in from two yards out, but this time the Bees missed the point after to remain behind 14-13 at the half.
Hobbs added to his tally in the third with a two-yard run and again in the fourth with a four-yard pass to Kyle Semrow. The Bees hung in there and came within two after Neville hit Logan Lefler for a 63-yard score and Barnett kicked through the PAT.
Roy tried to run out the clock but couldn't get a first down and missed a 32-yard field goal with just over a minute left to play. The Royals defense didn't mind, forcing a fumble to seal the win.
"That was a hard-fought game," said Box Elder coach Wes Roesler. "We've played everybody tough we just need to score more points."
The Bees (0-4, 2-5 overall) remain winless in region play, while Roy pulls to 2-2 in Region 5 and 5-3 overall with league leaders Bountiful and Mountain Crest still on the slate.
Hobbs finished with 120 yards on 10-19 passing with two picks. He also rushed for 37 yards and had a hand in all of the Royals' scores.