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Note: Fremont High finished with a 10-3 overall record and was first in Region 1 with a 5-0 record in 2011. It lost to Lone Peak in the 5A championship game.
PLAIN CITY — In each of the last two seasons, Fremont High's football team has almost climbed all the way to the top of the mountain — only to fall in the state finals both times.
Now the Silver Wolves are faced with that age-old sports dilemma that all great teams must deal with: What about now? What have you done for me lately? And what are you gonna do for an encore?
Well, Fremont coach Kory Bosgieter isn't kicking back, resting on his laurels or hanging his hat on bygone glories. He knows he can't do that in high school football, where the cast of characters change so dramatically from one year to the next.
So instead, he and his staff are coaching 'em up like they always do and hoping to continue the school's recent run of outstanding success.
"Those years are gone," Bosgieter said of the 2010-11 seasons, when the Wolves went a combined 21-5 and won back-to-back Region 1 titles. "This year is this year, OK, and last year was last year. That's done and gone. That was great for those kids, but this is where we're at now. On Aug. 17, we kick off this season against Jordan.
"I think all these kids that were associated with it last year can see what unity and leadership and hard work can do, and our guys are not afraid to work. But there's no guarantees. You can be the most unified team there is, the hardest-working team there is, the most disciplined team there is, and there's no guarantee. And you know what? There's a guarantee if you don't have those things — that's where the guarantee lies.
"My biggest concern, and we've talked about this with our leaders, is how are we going to deal with adversity? Because we will meet adversity, but how are we going to deal with it? Are we going to pull together and conquer it, or are we going to fragment? You know it's gonna come, and we will see adversity Aug. 17. Now how are we gonna deal with it?"
Indeed, with a squad that includes just five returning starters from last year, there's going to be a learning curve as last year's back-ups and this year's newcomers step in and gain valuable experience in the preseason.
But Fremont cupboard is not completely bare.
At quarterback, seniors Garrett Gallegos and Jordan Preator will split time in the two-QB system that has proven so effective in the past for Fremont. Preator played plenty last season and is a quick, elusive runner who can break off a big play at any given moment.
At center, juniors Jake Van Valkenberg and Tyler Wilding will see action, flanked by two-year starter Zach Waddoups and senior Josh Canter at the guard spots, along with junior Rodney Moore and senior Carson Davis.
On defense — always a strong suit of Bosgieter's teams — senior tackles Kiefer Mogensen and Ty Kenison will be joined by sophomore Nate Wadsworth and junior Robert Green, while the end positions will be manned by seniors Tate Calvert, Chase Parslow and Chaz Messick and juniors Aiden Arteaga and Kelton Christensen.