By PATRICK SLACK
The Royalton football team built a 13-0 lead, then held off a third-quarter rally to top host New York Mills 20-12 and improve to 3-0 on the season, Friday.
Junior Tony Gadacz put the Royals on the board late in the first quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run, followed by an extra point by junior Cade Stang.
Royalton kept the momentum going into halftime, striking with 38 seconds left in the second quarter on an 8-yard rush by senior Tyler Hegna to take a 13-0 lead.
However, the Eagles regrouped in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 13-12 after back-to-back touchdowns, but failing to take the lead on an attempted two-point conversion.
The Royals responded quickly, marching back down the field and finding the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown rush by sophomore Brady Moulzolf for the final score of the game.
Gadacz accumulated 103 rushing yards while Moulzolf rushed for 73 and passed for 60 to lead the Royalton offense.
Junior Jesse Popp had three receptions for 43 yards and senior Luke Wentland caught a 16-yard pass.
“This was a good win for our team, on the road, against a very determined New York Mills team,” Royalton head coach Jamie Morford said. “As a young team on the road, we are learning how to win in difficult situations. The Eagles did a great job taking away what we wanted to do tonight, but we battled back and played a solid fourth quarter.”
Royalton 20, New York Mills 12
Royalton 7 6 7 0 – 20
New York Mills 0 0 12 0 – 12
ROY: Tony Gadacz 5 run (Cade Stang kick), 2:43.
ROY: Tyler Hegna 8 run (kick failed), 0:38.
NYM: Novak 17 run (kick failed).
NYM: Novak 15 run (pass failed).
ROY: Brady Moulzolf 5 run (Stang kick), 0:43.
Royalton—Rushing: Tony Gadacz, 22-103; Brady Moulzolf, 10-73; Cade Stang, 5-33; Tyler Hegna, 7-19. Passing: Brady Moulzolf, 5-10, 60. Receiving: Jesse Popp, 3-43; Luke Wentland, 1-16; Stang, 1-2.