Royal 61, Cle Elum/Roslyn 27: The Knights secured their first trip to the 1A semifinals since 2008 and 13th in school history, as Alex Myrick ran for four touchdowns and passed for four more in a quarterfinal win over the Warriors on Saturday.
Royal (12-0) will face SCAC East rival River View (11-1) on Saturday at Lampson Stadium for a berth in the state championship. Game time has not been decided but will likely be paired with the 2A semifinal in an afternoon doubleheader.
Cle Elum/Roslyn got on the board first when Tyler Crutchman connected with Griffin Alexander on an 8-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0.
Myrick then scored on a 46-yard run and hit Laddie Goroski with a 49-yard score to give Royal a 14-7 lead.
Mitchell Milsap ran for an 11-yard touchdown to cut the Knights' lead to 14-13 before Royal scored 27 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.
"This was a good one to get by. Their rushing attack is pretty impressive," Knights coach Wiley Allred said. "(Brady) Dixon blocked a punt in the second quarter that turned the tide, and our offensive line really moved them well all game long."
Royal topped River View 39-7 during a Week 5 matchup in Royal City, but Allred doesn't expect another blowout.
"I figured they'd get it done, and we'd meet in the semis," Allred said. "They've got a lot of talent and explosive speed. They're the scariest team we've played this year."
Cle Elum/Roslyn 7 6 8 6 -- 27
Royal 7 20 14 20 -- 61
CE--Griffin Alexander 8 pass from Tyler Crutchman (Thomas Webb kick)
R--Alex Myrick 46 run (Christian Guerrero kick)
R--Laddie Goroski 49 pass from Myrick (Guerrero kick)
CE--Mitchell Milsap 11 run (kick blocked)
R--Myrick 24 run (Guerrero kick)
R--Myrick 1 run (pass failed)
R--Brady Dixon 65 pass from Myrick (Guerrero kick)
R--Guerrero 11 pass from Myrick (Guerrero kick)
CE--Jake Gall 5 run (Alexander pass from Crutchman)
R--Myrick 10 run (Guerrero kick)
R--Kent Christensen 14 pass from Myrick (kick failed)
R--Christian Fernandez 36 fumble return (Guerrero kick)
CE--Alexander 33 pass from Crutchman (run failed)
RUSHING--CER, Milsap 15-85, Gall 10-33, Burchak 3-19, Crutchman 9-15, Siena 1-7. R, Myrick 14-149, Damian DeLaRosa 15-126, Guerrero 5-13.
PASSING--CER, Crutchman 14-22-1-188, Gall 0-1-0-0. R, Myrick 10-14-0-261.
RECEIVING--CER, Alexander 7-85, Gall 2-64, Wiegert 2-23, Milsap 1-0, Burchak 2-16. R, Guerrero 2-63, K.Christensen 4-64, Goroski 2-61, Dixon 2-73.
FIRST DOWNS--CER 20, R 16. FUMBLES-LOST--CER 2-2, R 0-0. PENALTIES-YARDS--CER 10-90, R 10-70.