By PATRICK SLACK
Royalton sprinted to a 28-0 lead barely two minutes into the second quarter.
Then after a debatable sequence allowed visiting Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) to get on the board, Royalton found all the motivation it needed to rattle off another 35 points in a 63-14 drubbing, Sept. 13, improving to 3-0.
Junior Kyle Billmeyer opened the scoring on Royalton’s opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown plunge, with junior Brady Moulzolf and senior Tony Gadacz also running in scores in the first quarter.
With KMS anticipating the run, the Royals snuck in a deep pass play early in the second, with Moulzolf finding senior Jesse Popp with a 42-yard touchdown pass.
KMS managed to get on the board after a pass interference call prolonged a drive late in the first half to cut the gap to 28-8, but Royalton rattled off four more touchdowns on two scores apiece by senior Cade Stang and Moulzolf before KMS could convert again.
Sophomore Brad Kroll closed the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Royalton pounded KMS throughout the night on the ground, with Gadacz running for 158 yards and Stand adding 128 on 12 carries apiece.
Billmeyer followed with 76 yards rushing, while Moulzolf threw for 113 yards and ran for another 58.
Royalton moved into a tie for ninth in this week’s Class A rankings after the win.
Royalton 63, KMS 14
Royalton 21 14 20 8 – 63
LPGE 0 8 6 0 – 14
ROY: Kyle Billmeyer 2 run (Cade Stang kick), 9:02.
ROY: Brady Moulzolf 8 run (Stang kick), 4:36.
ROY: Tony Gadacz 5 run (Stang kick), 1:56.
ROY: Jesse Popp 42 pass from Moulzolf (Stang kick), 9:26.
KMS: Carlson 7 run (Carlson run), 4:48.
ROY: Stang 18 run (Stang kick), 3:36.
ROY: Moulzolf 29 run (Stang kick), 9:41.
ROY: Stang 9 run (Stang kick), 8:35.
ROY: Moulzolf 14 run (conv. failed), 3:05.
KMS: Hatlestad 22 run (conv. failed), 1:44.
ROY: Brad Kroll 2 run (Tyler Popp run), 7:42.
Royalton—Rushing: Tony Gadacz: 12-158; Cade Stang: 12-128; Kyle Billmeyer: 9-76; Brady Moulzolf: 4-58; Tyler Popp: 6-34; Brad Kroll: 3-31; Trent Cimenski: 3-28; Luke Billmeyer: 3-20. Passing: Moulzolf: 4-8, 113. Receiving: Jesse Popp: 3-96; Stang: 1-17.