ROYAL CITY — Derek Bergeson ran the opening kickoff back 77 yards, hinting at what was to come for the rest of the game.
Royal led 69-0 at halftime and dispatched South Central Athletic Conference West No. 4 seed Goldendale 82-3. The win qualified Royal for the Class 1A State Tournament; the Knights are the No. 1 seed and will likely host 16-seed Charles Wright Academy.
Royal was as dominant as it could be, running only 31 offensive plays while scoring 12 touchdowns.
Scoring came from all three phases. As if the offense needed much help.
There was Bergeson's kickoff return on special teams, a 13-yard fumble return by Jose Medina and a 30-yard interception return by Diego Santillan on defense.
Offensively, Royal maintained balance between the run and the pass, totaling 293 yards with only one more rushing yard than passing yard. The yardage totals weren't gaudy, however, five different Knights scored on the ground. Lorenzo Myrick, Kaleb Hernandez, Elliot Delay, Aldo Farias and Eric Myrick rushed for touchdowns.
Quarterback Caleb Christensen attempted only six passes, three for touchdowns. Lorenzo Myrick caught two first-quarter touchdowns from Christensen and Carter Dorsing caught the other, also in the first quarter.
Defensively, Goldendale rushed for negative five yards and managed only 59 passing yards.
Othello 17, Pullman 3
PULLMAN — Othello held Pullman scoreless in the second half and clinched a berth into the 2A State Tournament with a 17-3 win.
Logan Hollenbeck and Steven Ochoa scored rushing touchdowns of 4 and 33 yards, respectively. Andrew Velasquez added a 30-yard field goal.
The No. 14 seed Huskies will likely be on the road to face third-seeded Lynden in the first round.
Ephrata 34, East Valley (Spokane) 0
SPOKANE — Mac Laird accounted for four total touchdowns and Ephrata shut out East Valley 34-0.
Laird rushed for 134 yards and one touchdown in addition to three passing touchdowns. Kyle Hendrick caught all three of Laird's touchdown passes.
Carter Cox added a 13-yard rushing touchdown.
Grandview 17, Wahluke 6
GRANDVIEW — Wahluke ended its season with a loss at Grandview 17-6.
Colfax 59, Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 13
COLFAX — Lind-Ritzville/Sprague lost its season finale to Colfax 59-13.
The Bulldogs led 27-0 after one quarter and never let up. Jacob Brown scored three rushing touchdowns to help Colfax advance to the state tournament.
Austin Thompson broke off a 71-yard touchdown run and Hayden Melcher added a 69-yard score for the Broncos.
Almira/Coulee-Hartline 58, Soap Lake 14
COULEE CITY — Almira/Coulee-Hartline jumped ahead 28-0 after one quarter and beat visiting Soap Lake 58-14.
Byron Dowers scored twice in the second half for the Eagles.
The Warriors' Brayton Schafer had two touchdowns and 123 rushing yards. The Warriors scored seven rushing touchdowns.