Royals hang on thanks to big first half

After building a four-touchdown lead in the first half, the Royals held on for their first win of the year, a 35-21 victory at Hueneme.

“I have to give (Hueneme) credit,” San Marcos coach Jeff Hesselmeyer said. “It would have been easy to give up, but they came out and played hard in the second half.”

The game started auspiciously enough with back-to-back false start penalties from the Royals, who were able to rebound on their opening drive behind a strong rushing performance from running back Moses Cruz, who capped off the seven-play drive with an 8-yard touchdown run and an early 6-0 lead.

On their next drive, San Marcos quarterback Joe Rivera who ran it in from two yards out and a 14-0 advantage.

San Marcos linebacker Daniel Carreno scooped up a fumble and ran it in from 25 yards, staking the Royals to a 21-0 lead.

“Our defense made some big plays,” Hesselmeyer said, “and our offense moved the ball well. We’re really happy with how we played tonight.

An intercepted by Carreno set up the Royals fourth TD. Rivera hit big tight end Brian Shaw for a 21-yard touchdown and the 28-0 halftime margin.
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San Marcos 14 14 0 7—35
Hueneme 0 0 6 15—21

First quarter
San Marcos — Cruz 8 run (Kick fail), 8:30.
San Marcos — Rivera 2 run (Kim pass from Rivera), 0:22.
Second quarter
San Marcos — Carreno 25 fumble return (Thayer kick), 11:41.
San Marcos — Shaw 21 pass from Rivera (Thayer kick), 6:24.
Third quarter
Hueneme — Boyd 3 pass from Nixon (Kick fail), 1:27.
Fourth quarter
San Marcos — Glover 1 run (Thayer kick), 7:33.
Hueneme — Hay-wynia 31 pass from Nixon (Hay-wynia pass from Nixon), 5:52.
Hueneme — Nixon 4 run (Venancio kick), 1:21.


First downs 16 12
Rushes-yards 51-290 18-108
Passing yards 38 214
Comp-Att-Int 2-4-0 12-20-2
Sacked-yards lost 0-0 1-3
Punts-avg. 2-34.0 3-35.0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-yards 11-74 12-98

RUSHING — San Marcos: Cruz 19-133, Glover 19-114, Kim 3-8, Rivera 3-6, Lake 7-29. Hueneme: Aguilera 6-28, Nixon 7-49, Varela 2-9, Espinosa 3-21.
PASSING — San Marcos: Rivera 2-3-0-38, Loza 0-1-0-0. Hueneme: Nixon 13-21-2-234.
RECEIVING — San Marcos: Shaw 1-21, Lake 1-17. Hueneme: Varela 1-12, Boyd 1-3, Mose 6-114, Hay-wynia 2-36, Aguilera 1-12, Melendez 1-15, Espinosa 1-22.
MISSED FIELD GOALS — Hueneme: None. San Marcos: None.
TEAM RECORDS — San Marcos 1-3, 0-0; Hueneme 1-3, 0-0.


  1. I give the Royals Credit they dominated the first half

  2. I give the Royals Credit they dominated the first half

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