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FOUNTAIN CITY — The Eastern Hancock Royals were able to overcome the weather and advance to the Class A Sectional 37 finals Friday night after defeating the Northeastern Knights 34-6.

The Royals offense jumped to an early lead under sophomore quarterback Logan Splater, who led Eastern Hancock into the end zone on each of its first two possessions.

“I think any time you’re in a rain game like this getting a quick start on offense before the field gets too destroyed is huge,” said Royals coach Pat Echeverria. “That was huge, plus the confidence factor of getting out on top.”

The Royals would add another touchdown on a five-yard touchdown run by junior Spencer Gilbert late in the first quarter which moved the score to 21-0 following the PAT.

“We have never been down three touchdowns all year,” said Northeastern coach Mike Roeder. “I think it was a little bit of a shock to them (the players), but we challenged them and they got it back together in the second quarter.”

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