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SALT LAKE CITY — Cinderella just wants to keep dancing for another glorious, fun-filled week.

But in this fairy tale, the big bad Wolves are planning to devour Cinderella on her way to the big bash.

Syracuse High, playing the part of Cinderella to perfection in this year's 5A football playoffs, has already notched a pair of impressive postseason wins. Now all the Titans need is one more upset victory to punch their ticket to the last dance — next week's state championship game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

But standing in Syracuse's way is Region 1 champion Fremont, which already knocked off the Titans once this season in their league matchup.

And the Silver Wolves have every intention of pulling the plug on Syracuse's postseason party and sending the Titans home without a chance to try that glass slipper on for size — or, in this case, take their first-ever shot at the 5A title trophy.

Syracuse head coach Russ Jones likes the whole Cinderella nametag for his team and has his sights set on seeing it continue.

"I hope so. It'd be sweet if we could be," he said. "To come into the playoffs ranked No. 4 in the region and wind up in the semis, it is kind of like Cinderella. If we play good, sound, smart, fundamental football, we'll be okay.

"I think our kids are ready to roll. We've had good week of practice. And every time we play these guys, it's close. It's always a pretty good battle when they square off with each other, and both teams seem to get up for each other and have a sense of urgency when they play each other."

Tough defense has been the Titans' calling card, and the Syracuse squad realizes what's at stake here.

"Our kids have turned up the heat like there's no tomorrow," Jones said.

"They have really stepped up and filled their roles. They're a real good group of kids who get along really well and like playing together, and they don't want to quit playing. "They have just stepped it up and realized that, if we lose, this is over with. Our seniors are taking charge and setting the tone, and they're leading by example. And when they talk, the kids listen to them."

In Fremont's 15-3 Region 1 victory over Syracuse back on Oct. 7, Nick Vigil ran for 76 yards and a touchdown, and Jake Gallegos' 23-yard interception return for a TD in the third quarter helped cement the Wolves' win. Fremont coach Kory Bosgieter knows his team will have its hands full in Friday's rematch.

"It'll be a good, hard-fought game just like it is every time we play them," he said. "I'm pleased with how we have prepared this week. Our kids have been focused, and the tempo and speed to the ball has been very good.

"We're pretty similar teams. Our defenses are very basic, we both run a 4-3, and we don't do a lot on defense and they don't do a lot on defense either. We both play fast and get to the ball. The two teams are fairly evenly matched, are very similar in some of the things that we do, and their kids are very well-coached."

Bosgieter isn't surprised by Syracuse's postseason success.

"We knew how good they were — heck, they're in our region," he said. "We know they have a good defense. But they've got plenty of weapons on offense, too. They're just a good team. "If you're gonna win football games, you can't turn the ball over," Bosgieter added in summing up the key to Friday's duel. "You've got to play good defense, you've got to tackle well, and we've got to play better on special teams than we did last week." Both teams have already notched huge wins in this year's playoffs. Fremont blasted Brighton in the opening round, then turned back two-time defending 5A champion Bingham 27-20 in a quarterfinal thriller last week. That victory helped the Wolves avenge a 30-7 loss to the Miners in last year's championship game.

Syracuse shocked the world by knocking off a high-scoring, heavily favored Alta team 16-10 in its playoff opener, then blanked West 10-0 last week to set the stage for Friday's rematch between the two Region 1 rivals.

With those two wins, the Titans became the first No. 4 seed to reach the 5A semifinals since 2005, when Skyline did so and went on to win the state championship.

And now, with one more win, Cinderella will still be dancing for another week. That is, if she doesn't get devoured by the Wolves first.

Email: rhollis@desnews.com

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

This is the sixth meeting between these Region 1 foes, and the first in the postseason. Fremont has won 3 of the 5 meetings. ... Back in Week 8 this year, Fremont beat Syracuse 15-3. ... Both teams are seeking the first football state championship in school history. ... This is Syracuse's second semifinal appearance in the five-year history of the school, with its previous appearance coming in 2008, losing to Alta 42-14. ... Syracuse's all-time playoff record is 5-3. ... Fremont is making its sixth semifinal appearance in school history, advancing to the title game in 1995 and 2010. ... Fremont's all-time playoff record in 18 seasons is 19-14.

COACHING REPORT

Syracuse coach Russ Jones: In five years, he's guided the Titans to a 32-23 record and two semifinal appearances. All-time coaching record is 57-50 in 10 seasons.

Fremont coach Kory Bosgieter: Has led Fremont to the semis in back-to-back years. His record in four years at Fremont is 26-18. All-time record is 75-59 in 13 years.

SYRACUSE TITANS DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

QB TREVOR DAVIS 4

Brock Anderson 7

TB MASON WOODWARD 2

Austin Bolos 43

FB AUSTIN BOLOS 43

Tyson Greenwood 44

WR DIANTE MITCHELL 17

Taylor Carlson 14

WR KOA MO'O 13

Kiwa Mo'o 1

TE MATT DUNSTON 84

Cardon Malan 43

LT COREY COOK 66

Brandon Lancaster 53

LG CODY CHILD 55

Kaden Craig 63

C STEVEN CARTER 50

Tyler MacKay 57

RG KURTIS SMITH 73

Dillon Sandberg 54

RT HUNTER DIMICK 59

Sean Goff 73

KR ALEX VANDERLOO 23

KR MASON WOODWARD 2

K BROCK ANDERSON 7

Kyle Coffee 37

DEFENSE

DE HUNTER DIMICK 59

Landon O'Camb 34

DT KONNER KANE 51

Steven Carter 50

DT COREY CHILD 55

Kaden Craig 63

DE DILLON SANDBERG 54

Cardon Malan 42

SLB DILLON SANDBERG 54

Devon Stewart 31

MLB TYSON GREENWOOD 44

Braedon Holbrook 29

WLB WYATT GERMAN 56

Matt Kealamakia 22

CB DIANTE MITCHELL 17

Brock Anderson 7

CB ALEX VANDERLOO 23

Kavika Fonua 24

S TAYLOR CARLSON 14

Dillon Spencer 21

S KOA MO'O 15

Shane Russell 5

PR DIANTE MITCHELL 17

Kavika Fonua 24

P TANNER JOLLIFFE 86

FREMONT SILVERWOLVES DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

QB COOPER KELLEY 18

Jordan Preator 6

RB NICK VIGIL 5

Calvin Carter 21

WR ROWDY STUCKI 4

Karson Garcia 16

WR TRAVIS STRINGHAM 11

Tanner Hull 17

WR BRAYDEN WILLE 3

Seth Jones 25

TE BROCK SMITH 38

Luke Hollingsworth 31

LT EVAN ROSS 66

Jason Roe 70

LG TUCKER ZANONE 54

Kiefer Mogensen 67

C ZACK GIBSON 78

Josh Canter 63

RG ZACH WADDOUPS 74

Vaughn Toone 77

RT TUCKER HURD 79

Braden Masters 51

KR NICK VIGIL 5

KR JORDAN PREATOR 6

K LOGAN GEORGE 80

Jordan Preator 6

DEFENSE

DE JOSH TALBOT 59

Zack Talbot 76

DT LUKE HOLLINGSWORTH 31

Tucker Zanone 54

DT JAKE GALLEGOS 81

Brayden Masters 51

DE LLOYD STEPHENS 90

Taylor Perry 61

SLB JAKE WADSWORTH 32

Jake Hobbs 42

MLB AUSTIN BLACK 44

Colton Visser 52

WLB JUSTIN PINGREE 34

Kaden Muirbrook 24

CB SKYLER SIMMONS 7

Jaz Johnstun 22

CB ROWDY STUCKI 4

Dylan Sanders 27

SS NICK VIGIL 5

Carson Child 2

FS JORDAN PREATOR 6

Sam Grange 43

PR ROWDY STUCKI 4

PR NICK VIGIL 5

P JORDAN PREATOR 6

SYRACUSE STATS

Scoring offense: 20.5 ppg

Scoring defense: 12.9 ppg

Passing leader: Trevor Davis (126-209, 60.3%, 1,396 yards, 12 TDs, 4 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Mason Woodward (190 carries, 764 yards, 3 TDs), Trevor Davis (145, 637, 6)

Receiving leaders: Diante Mitchell (22 rec., 280 yards, 4 TDs), Shane Russell (28, 348, 2)

Tackles leader: Tyson Greenwood (90 tackles)

Sacks leader: Hunter Dimick (13 sacks)

Int. leader: Taylor Carlson, Diante Mitchell (3 INTs)

FREMONT STATS

Scoring offense: 28.7 ppg

Scoring defense: 11.1 ppg

Passing leader: Cooper Kelley (107-197, 54.3%, 1,409 yards, 11 TDs, 8 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Nick Vigil (172 carries, 1,058 yards, 16 TDs), Jordan Preator (91, 629, 5)

Receiving leaders: Brock Smith (33 rec., 526 yards, 5 TDs), Rowdy Stucki (30, 328, 3)

Tackles leader: Justin Pingree (87 tackles)

Sacks leader: Josh Talbot (4.5 sacks)

Int. leader: Carson Child, Jordan Preator (3 INTs)

SYRACUSE GAME-BY-GAME

Aug. 19 … Syracuse 14, Desert Hills 12

Aug. 26 … Syrause 13, Skyline 7

Sept. 2 … Syracuse 24, Riverton 14

Sept. 9 … Syracuse 20, Box Elder 14 (OT)

Sept. 16 …Davis 14, Syracuse 10

Sept. 23 … Syracuse 34, Layton 7

Sept. 30 … Northridge 28, Syracuse 25

Oct. 7 … Fremont 15, Syracuse 3

Oct. 14 …Syracuse 56, Weber 21

Oct. 28 …Syracuse 16, Alta 10

Nov. 4 … Syracuse 10, West 0

FREMONT GAME-BY-GAME

Aug. 19 … Jordan 19, Fremont 12

Aug. 26 … Fremont 20, Brighton 15

Sept. 2 … Fremont 42, Roy 6

Sept. 9 … East 23, Fremont 20 (OT)

Sept. 16 … Fremont 27, Northridge 14

Sept. 23 … Fremont 20, Davis 7

Sept. 30 … Fremont 50, Weber 0

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Oct. 7 … Fremont 15, Syracuse 3

Oct. 14 … Fremont 40, Layton 0

Oct. 28 … Fremont 43, Brighton 15

Nov. 4 … Fremont 27, Bingham 20