Murray •- Roy learned a valuable lesson against Murray on Friday, one that might save it a victory later in the season.
The Royals happily escaped with a 9-3 decision to keep their perfect record shaky but intact.
It took a special offensive play in overtime in a game dominated by defense. Roy receiver Nate Jones jumped higher than his defenders to grab a Tyler Skidmore pass in the corner of the end zone for the game's lone touchdown.
The scoring was made up by a pair of fourth-quarter field goals, including the tying effort by Murray's Parker Schafer from 36 yards out with 1 minute, 15 seconds to play, before Jones' touchdown.
"I just really liked how Murray played," Roy coach Fred Fernandes said. "All night we weren't making plays we normally make.
"Murray played its butt off."
The Spartans (1-3) matched Roy blow for blow defensively. Murray also had some good fortune on its side.
Roy (4-0) turned over the ball four times, including a fumble in the first quarter on the Murray 1-yard line.
"That fumble was a big shift in adrenaline for them," Skidmore said.
Skidmore, who finished 7 of 16 for 89 yards, also had a few ball dropped. He was sacked five times, including two by Blake Casey. Derick Sanders also made his presence felt by dropping several Royals ball carriers for losses.
Sanders caught four passes and gained 27 yards on the ground. He took an interception in for six points late in the first half, but Skidmore's knee was ruled to have touched the ground as he was throwing to negate the pick.
"We just kept at it," Sanders said. "We just had to stick to our assignments. We were reading their guards and center. We studied up good.
Murray, which had little success carrying the ball, put the game into the hands of quarterback Justin Adams, who completed 16 of 31 passes for 161 yards.
Adams spent most of the game escaping from a brittle pocket. He was sacked eight times, including twice in overtime. The two overtime sacks left the Spartans with a 45-yard field goal attempt, which was pulled to the left.
Roy piled up 109 points in the three games leading up to Friday, but only managed the one touchdown, which came in overtime.
"We came out too flat," Skidmore said. "It looked like we overlooked them."