Quick hits: 5A Royals shut Thunder out in second half to take 10-point win

OGDEN — Desert Hills faced a tough-nosed Roy football team and came away on the short end of a 24-14 game.

dhthunderroy-logoThe weather played a definite role in the outcome as Desert Hills coach Carl Franke made decisions he normally would not have made.

“The wind was blowing pretty hard tonight,” said Franke. “Normally I would have had our field goal kicker out there to put up points. But we made the decision to go for it on fourth down a couple of times and came up short.”

Zak Fuchs
Zak Fuchs

Desert Hills matched Roy’s scoring in the first half, going to intermission with a 14-14 tie. But they could not muster the same success in the second half. The Thunder was hampered by two late fumbles that stalled drives deep in Roy territory.

“Our offense drove the ball all night,” said Franke. “We just could not finish in the second half.”

Despite giving up 24 points, Franke said his defense played well, especially on the line.

“They scored two touchdowns on trick plays,” said Franke. “A double reverse on one, and a double pass on the other. Except for those two plays our defense did a good job.”

DH quarterback Nick Warmsley led the team in rushing with 57 yards and also had two touchdown passes. The first was a 36-yarder to Garrick Sharp that put DH ahead 7-0 in the first quarter. The second was a 22-yard TD to Zak Fuchs that tied the game just before halftime.

D-Hills, now 1-2 on the season, has a bye next week before opening region play Sept. 18 at 2-1 Hurricane. The Tigers also have a bye next week.

For more on the game, including more quotes and insight, see the STGNews Breakdown story Saturday morning.

Stats: Roy 24, Desert Hills 14

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