In 4 minutes, 6 seconds Friday night, the River View football team ended 19 years of frustration.
The Panthers scored five touchdowns in that span to blow open a close game en route to hammering Royal 48-13 in an SCAC East showdown in Finley.
It was the first time River View had defeated Royal in 19 years, and avenges the loss the Knights handed the Panthers in the Class 1A semifinals last season.
It is a great feeling for the community as well as everyone involved in the program, River View coach Brett Jay said. We are proud that we could come through like this and kind of give everyone something to rally around.
After Royal had scored to pull within 14-7, the Panthers (3-0, 5-0) went on an eight-play, 60-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Ruvim Tyutyunnik with 2:36 remaining in the second quarter.
The Panthers then forced a turnover on downs, getting the ball at midfield.
To that point, River Views offense had consisted of a whole lot of passing, which softened up the Royal front seven.
Tyutyunnik did an inside handoff and running back Alonso Mendoza took it to the house for a 51-yard touchdown run and a 28-7 lead with 1:13 left in the half.
They always run that 3-4 box look, so we did a backside draw, Jay said. We go to roll out and Mendoza settles in, and we give him that backside handoff. He found a crease and hit it.
Jay then decided to ride the wave of momentum, ordering up an onside kick which was recorvered by the Panthers.
Three plays later, Tyutyunnik connected with Terran Brown for a 5-yard touchdown pass and a 35-7 lead with 33 seconds left in the half.
We felt like we had the momentum and we went for the onside kick, Jay said. It was a good swing of momentum.
The 15-minute break for the half didnt cool the Panthers off, either.
Brown returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, and then intercepted Royal quarterback Kade Jenks on the ensuing play, returning it 30 yards to set up a first-and-goal situation.
After two incomplete passes, Tyutyunnik found Cody Hand for a 12-yard gain, and Mendoza punched it on fourth down.
Just like that it was 48-7 with 10:30 left in the third quarter.
We had a little lull there where we were in cruise control and they marched down on us and scored, Jay said. Then they got the ball back and they went for it on fourth and short, we got a stop and we knew we could try to put one in. We felt like we had the momentum.
River View didnt score again, but it didnt matter.
Tyutyunnik played one of his best games of his career, throwing for 237 yards on 20-of-31 passing with one interception and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 57 yards and another score.
He played a great game, Jay said. He was creating plays downfield when his initial plays werent there. He has done that well this year. Last year, when his reads werent there he would tuck the ball and run. He is doing a good job of keeping his eyes downfield after his initial read (this year).
Brown also had a big game, scoring his 13th and 14th touchdowns of the season. He now has touchdowns this season rushing, passing, receiving and on interception, punt and kickoff returns. He finished with five receptions for 61 yards.
Hand had five catches for 76 yards and a score, while Chance Williamson had four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Mendoza finished with 112 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The Knights made it a game midway through the second quarter when Tanner Christensen intercepted Tyutyunnik. Jenks then connected with Joseph Lang on a 36-yard completion with a roughing the passer penalty added on to the end. Three plays later, Jenks hit Luis Garcia for an 8-yard touchdown to pull the Knights within 14-7.
But the next 4:06 belonged to the Panthers, and that was all that mattered.
Royal 0 7 0 6 13
River View 14 21 13 0 48
River ViewChance Williamson 12 pass from Ruvim Tyutyunnik (Victor Manzo kick), 6:32
River ViewCody Hand 5 pass from Tyutyunnik (Manzo kick), 1:39
RoyalLuis Garcia 8 pass from Kaden Jenks (Cesar Bernal kick), 6:02
River ViewTyutyunnik 1 run (Manzo kick), 2:36
River ViewAlonso Mendoza 51 run (Manzo kick), 1:13
River ViewTerran Brown 5 pass from Tyutyunnik (Manzo kick), :33
River ViewBrown 95 kickoff return (Manzo kick), 11:39
River ViewMendoza 3 run (kick failed), 10:30
RoyalCarter Allred 9 pass from Jenks, :00
RUSHINGRoyal, Darrin Miller 13-40, Joseph Lang 8-39, Jenks 2-18, Gerard Weyns 1-0. River View, Mendoza 18-112, Tyutyunnik 12-57, Juan Salinas 1-2.
PASSINGRoyal, Jenks 11-26-2150. River View, Tyutyunnik 20-31-1237, Chase Reynolds 0-1-00.
RECEIVINGRoyal, Lang 2-48, Luis Garcia 2-40, Miller 2-23, Chase Christensen 2-18, Allred 1-9, Weyns 1-7. River View, Hand 5-76, Brown 5-61, Williamson 4-45, Mendoza 4-27, Tanner Brown 1-14, Jake Frampton 1-14.
INTERCEPTIONSRoyal, Tanner Christensen 1-17. River View, Terran Brown 1-30, Chance Simpson 1-0..
FUMBLE-RECOVERIESRoyal, John Montoya 1-7.
SACKSRoyal, Emilio Bustos 1-5.
KICKOFF RETURNSRoyal, Lang 2-46, Garcia 2-24. River View, Tanner Brown 1-95, Frampton 1-31.
PUNT RETURNSRiver View, Terran Brown 1-5.
FIRST DOWNSRoyal 15, River View 18. FUMBLES-LOSTRoyal 0-0, River View 1-1. PENALTIES-YARDSRoyal 3-15, River View 11-105. PUNTS-AVG.Royal 3-26.7, River View 1-32.