MOSES LAKE - Royal football is seeking its fourth 1A state championship in five years after knocking off Connell in Saturday’s semifinal matchup at Lions Field in Moses Lake.
The Knights pushed their season record to 13-0 with Saturday’s 42-0 win over Connell. Royal had dominated throughout the playoffs, outscoring their three opponents 168-13. Royal faces Lynden Christian in the state championship game at noon on Saturday in Lakewood.
Royal was on the board on their opening drive against Connell, with Caleb Christensen connecting with Cooper Christensen on a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Just 7-0 after one quarter, it was Christensen to Christensen again on a 26-yard touchdown pass to open the second quarter. Derek Bergeson followed with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown to make it 21-0.
Cooper Christensen caught his third touchdown of the game on a 46-yard completion, and Caleb Christensen followed with a 2-yard rushing touchdown to push the lead to 35-0 at half.
Caleb Christensen threw his fourth passing touchdown of the game to Tyler Allred midway through the third quarter.
A win on Saturday would give Royal its fourth state championship since 2015.
In the 1B state tournament, defending state champ Odessa walloped Entiat 84-20 to reach the state championship game. Odessa put up 46 points in the first quarter and rushed for nine touchdowns in the game, led by senior running back Marcus King, who rushed for 187 yards and five touchdowns.
Almira-Coulee/Hartline was looking for another appearance in the state title game but fell just short, losing to Naselle 70-44 in the semifinals.
Odessa and Naselle square off at noon on Saturday in Tacoma.