Football: Royal vs. Cle Elum/Roslyn preview capsule

November 15, 2012 

Royal Knights vs. Cle Elum/Roslyn Warriors

Class 1A quarterfinal

When, where: 1 p.m. Saturday, Lions Field, Moses Lake

Records: Royal 11-0, Cle Elum/Roslyn 9-1

Forecast: 44 degrees, 30 percent chance of rain, winds S at 12 mph

Last playoff appearance: Royal, 2011 (lost to Chelan 27-17 in quarterfinals). Cle Elum/Roslyn, 2011 (lost to Chelan 35-19 in first round).

Playoff history: Royal, 35-17 in 23 appearances (won state titles in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007). Cle Elum/Roslyn, 6-13 in 14 appearances (finished second in 1974).

Top players: Royal, RB Damien Delarosa 140-1,041 rushing, 17 TDs; QB Alex Myrick 113-167-3—2,011 passing, 26 TDs, 93-877 rushing, 14 TDs; WR Brady Dixon 27-479 receiving, 4 TDs. Cle Elum/Roslyn, RB Jake Gall; QB Tyler Kretschman; RB Mitchell Milsap.

Last week: Royal def. Cascade (Leavenworth) 70-14 and Cle Elum/Roslyn def. Cashmere 48-6 in first round of state playoffs

Up next: At winner of River View vs. Quincy.

Notes: The Knights have yet to be challenged this season, though that will certainly happen in this game. The Warriors upset Cashmere last week, though the Bulldogs were without top running back Moe Roberts and lost their quarterback in the second quarter. ... Cle Elum/Roslyn features a speedy team that could cause Royal some problems. The only common opponent this season was River View, and the teams beat the Panthers by a nearly identical score. ... The Knights rely heavily on quarterback Myrick, who leads a balanced offense and is one of the best 1A players in the state. ... Gall leads the Warriors in rushing and receiving yards, while Kretschman has completed 61 percent of his passes this season.

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