CUYAHOGA FALLS — A comeback attempt by CVCA looked like it might come to fruition, but a key mistake and some trickery by Orrville stopped the Royals in their tracks and helped the visiting Red Riders escape with a 37-34 Principals Athletic Conference win Friday night.

Down 20-7 at halftime, CVCA (4-2) showed some signs of life at the start of the third quarter. After kicking off to Orrville (5-1), the Royals forced and recovered a fumble two plays later.

Two snaps into their own series, CVCA quarterback Michael Bevington found Tre Tucker for a 48-yard touchdown — one of the senior wide receiver’s three scores in the game — to bring the Royals to 20-14.

On the next series, CVCA looked like it had stuffed Orrville on a third-and-27 when senior quarterback Logan Domer’s pass was broken up by Jacob Decatur in the end zone. But a roughing-the-passer penalty moved the Red Riders up 15 yards, and Orrville eventually capped the possession with a 1-yard touchdown run by Donoven Hall for a 27-14 cushion.

The Red Riders then recovered an onside kick and drove for a 28-yard field goal by Cain Duskey and a 30-14 lead.

The game started well for CVCA, with the Royals putting together a 12-play, 56-yard drive that ended in a 4-yard touchdown by Tucker on a direct snap. Orrville took advantage of two long passes by Domer on the next series, which finished with a 1-yard touchdown run by Parks that tied the score at 7-7.

The Red Riders picked up two more scores in the first half, one on a 69-yard fly route over the middle to Hall and another on a 65-yard sprint by sophomore Marquael Parks during which he made at least four Royals miss. Parks finished with 172 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

After Duskey's field goal in the third quarter, CVCA stayed in the game behind the energizing play by Tucker, who took another direct snap 48 yards to the end zone to make it 30-20.

The Royals got the ball back, but Payton Brown intercepted a pass by Tucker and, two plays later, Domer hit Elijah Hall over the middle for a 26-yard touchdown.

CVCA’s Dalton Duvall scored on a 2-yard touchdown with five minutes left and Tucker connected with senior Josh Junko for a 19-yard touchdown with 23 seconds to play to bring the Royals within a field goal, but CVCA couldn’t do anything after the ensuing onside kick recovery.

Tucker finished with 279 total yards, including 212 rushing, and four total touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving, one passing).

Orrville's Elijah Hall and Donoven Hall combined for 304 total yards and three total touchdowns.