Late big-play TD lifts Royal to 26-22 victory over Lynden Christian in WIAA 1A football state championship (photos)

Royal capped off another remarkable season with its fourth football state championship in five years, but it wasn’t easy.

Aldo Farias hauled in the game-winning 74-yard touchdown pass from Royal quarterback Cooper Christensen with 2:55 left in the game to give the Knights a 26-22 victory over Lynden Christian in the WIAA 1A football state championship Saturday at Harry E. Lang Stadium.

Royal held a 19-7 lead early in the fourth quarter, but saw it evaporate on a big play from Lynden Christian — a 79-yard TD pass from Trajan Schouten to Jackson Corkill — and a turnover deep in their own territory that resulted in another Lyncs’ TD.

Suddenly facing a 22-19 deficit with just over three minutes left, Christensen and the Knights needed just one play to re-take the lead on the TD bomb to Farias.

The Knights finished the season 14-0, while Lynden Christian finished 11-2.

Here are photos from the game:

(All photos by Tom Jones)

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