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Royal gets second crack at Cashmere

It's rematch weekend in the 1A football state playoffs as Royal faces Cashmere at 7 p.m. Friday at Wenatchee's Apple Bowl.

"We are going to try and get a better start than the first time around," Royal coach Wiley Allred said. "They outplayed us and we didn't stop the run very well. We need to do a better job to have a chance."

Cashmere won the season-opener 40-27, as Royal turned the ball over three times in the first half and gave up 340 yards of offense on the ground.

Cashmere quarterback Tyler McNair ran for 150 yards, while running back Kevin Kenoyer ran for 78 yards in that game.

"They are a tough team," Allred said. "They play really good defense and special teams. We will need to play a mistake-free ball game."

Royal quarterback Alex Myrick was sharp in last week's regional playoff victory against Cle Elum-Roslyn, throwing for 198 yards and rushing for another 93 yards and combining for seven touchdowns in the 56-13 victory.

Running back Dylan Delay added 129 yards rushing on 20 carries, and he will be needed to help balance the Knights offensive attack Friday.

Royal won the state title in 2007, while Cashmere won it in 2008.

Hoaquim at Connell (9-1), 1 p.m. Saturday

CONNELL -- The defending state champion Eagles are healthy after a 58-6 rout of Naches Valley in a SCAC playoff last week.

Hoaquim faces long odds playing Connell, and a five-hour or more bus trip Friday doesn't help matters.

"They are quick defensively," Connell coach Wayne Riner said. "They run a spread offense and like to run and throw out of it."

Expect running back Matt Hadley to have a big game against Hoaquim.