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Eagles Prepare for a 'Royal' Rivalry

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PASCO, Wash - As the seconds were winding down in last year's state title game against Meridian, the Eagles were down by 5 but were driving down the field.  Brett Clyde took the final snap and scrambled until he finally found Hadley streaking down the sideline.  Just like they had all season Clyde threw downfield to Hadley who made a textbook catch on his way to the end-zone.  Only this time, Hadley was tackled about a yard short of the goal line.  The Eagles placed second in the state in 2006.

Fast-forward one year and the Eagles are getting ready for state again, only this time they're facing their arch-rival in the title game for the first time ever. 

In the last two seasons the Eagles and Knights have met twice, with both games ending in last second Raul Farias field goals to win the game for Connell.  This time, Wayne Riner's Eagles hope the game isn't nearly as close.

"I'd like to get up on them prety big, quick.  But if it comes down to a field goal that's still pretty sweet," says senior quarterback Brett Clyde.  "I don't think it's going to be that close," says senior wide receiver Spencer Hadley.  "I also don't think one team is going to blow the other out, but I don't think it will be a field goal again."  But if it does come down to a field goal?  "I would have no doubt Raul will nail it, he's clutch, he's money," says Hadley.

Connell and Royal vie for the title this Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.  Game time is set for 1 o'clock and you can watch for highlights Saturday on KNDO and KNDU.