ALEXANDRIA — Ronnie Royal scored three touchdowns and Nate McCallum two to lead Alexandria to a 34-14 win over Boaz on Friday at Lou Scales Stadium in a Class 5A, Region 6 battle. 

Alexandria improved to 2-0 overall in its first region game. Boaz dropped to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in region play.

Boaz scored on its first possession. 

Alex Hutchens returned the opening kickoff 49 yards to the Alexandria 33-yard line.

Five plays later, Kadin Bennefield scored on a 1-yard run. Gerardo Baeza kicked the PAT for a 7-0 Boaz lead with 8:48 left in the first quarter.

Alexandria fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Boaz recovered at the Valley Cubs’ 31.

Boaz drove to the 2 but fumbled and Alexandria recovered.

Alexandria tied the game with 8:42 left in the second quarter on a 6-yard touchdown run by Royal, capping a four-play, 55-yard drive. Grayson Forrest added the point-after.

Alexandria took a 13-7 lead 50 seconds later when Royal intercepted Boaz quarterback Easton Hardin and returned it 14 yards for a score. The point-after was blocked.

Boaz regained the lead on the ensuing possession, driving 70 yards in eight plays.

The touchdown coming on a 1-yard run by Eli Jacobs. Baeza’s point-after gave Boaz a 14-13 lead with 4:59 left in the half.

Alexandria regained the lead on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, as Royal scored his third touchdown of the game on a 65-yard run.

McCallum ran for the 2-point conversation for a 21-14 lead.

McCallum scored his first touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run with 4:24 left in the third quarter. This capped a 12-play, 55-yard drive. Forrest booted the PAT for a 28-14 lead.

Alexandria increased its lead to 34-14 on a McCallum 24-yard touchdown run with 1:12 left in the third quarter. The point-after failed.

McCallum and Royal carried the load for Alexandria. McCallum rushed 25 times for 212 yards, while Royal carried 16 times for 111 yards.

Jacobs led Boaz in rushing with 45 yards on eight carries. Bennefield added 39 yards on 17 carries.

Hardin completed 9 of 22 for 77 yards.

Boaz steps out of region play next Friday by traveling to Pisgah. Alexandria travels to Crossville.

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