Keegan Yu passed for 208 yards and four touchdowns and Connor Howat caught two TDs and returned a punt 67 yards for another as Auburn retained the Taylor Trophy with a 47-6 rout of Kent-Meridian on Thursday night at Troy Field.
The Trojans improved to 1-2 in the North Puget Sound League Sound Division, 1-5 overall. The Royals dropped to 0-2 and 0-6.
Auburn has won 19 of the last 21 meetings with Kent-Meridian and leads the all-time series, 51-47-13, in the state’s second-longest football rivalry. Only Aberdeen-Hoquiam, which began in 1906, has run longer.
The Royals last held the trophy in 2015.
In addition to his electrifying punt return for a score, Howat caught seven passes for 106 yards. Mark Savitsky caught Yu’s other two TD passes.
Lineman Marquis Phillips returned a fumble for a TD. Eddie Carter had two sacks.
The Trojans racked up 346 yards in total offense and limited the Royals to only 100 yards, 37 of which came on the ground.