The Fremont Silver Wolves made a statement Friday night at Lancer Stadium as they wore out the Layton Lancers and cruised to 40-0 victory to claim their second straight outright Region 1 football championship.
Although it was senior night at Layton High, it was the Fremont seniors that did all the scoring in this Region 1 finale for both teams. After Fremont went 3 and out on their first possession and after a missed 47-yard field goal attempt by the Lancers, the Silver Wolves drove down the field on a couple of big pass plays to senior tight end Brock Smith over the middle. It was senior running back Nick Vigil who punched it in from 3 yards out for the first score of the game.
After a failed 2-point conversion by Fremont, the Silver Wolves led 6-0 when Jordan Preator scampered for a 50-yard run down to the Lancer 10-yard line. This big play set up Fremont’s and Vigil’s second score of the night as he took it in from 3 yards out to put the Wolves up 12-0 after they were stopped again on the 2-point conversion attempt.
Layton got the ball back with just under 10 minutes to go in the second quarter when Jordan Preator intercepted a pass from the Layton quarterback. On the following play, it was Vigil again who broke loose for a 35-yard touchdown run and his third touchdown of the night, putting the Wolves up 19-0 with 7:21 remaining in the half.
On Layton’s next possession, the Fremont defense got another turnover as a fumble was recovered by senior lineman Jake Gallegos, who had an interception returned for a touchdown in last week’s game against Syracuse. The Silver Wolves couldn’t convert the turnover into points as they were stopped on a fourth down at the Layton 3-yard line.
After two personal foul penalties against the Wolves moved the ball to the 33-yard line, Layton moved the ball to about midfield before it turned the ball over on downs with just under a minute to go before halftime. The Fremont offense drove down the field and scored on a pass from senior quarterback Cooper Kelly to Smith, which put them up 26-0 at halftime.
The second half was quiet until the 4th quarter, when senior running back Skyler Simmons ran in for a touchdown from 10 yards out to increase Fremont’s lead to 33-0. On the ensuing kickoff, Layton fumbled the ball and it was picked up by Simmons, who ran it back for another touchdown, which was the last of the night as the Wolves got a 40-0 shutout of the Lancers.
The Fremont defense and special teams forced five turnovers in the game, including two interceptions by Preator. Vigil rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns in the victory for the Wolves, while Smith had six catches for 101 yards receiving.
All six Fremont touchdowns were scored by seniors in their last region game before the state playoffs begin in two weeks, when Fremont will host the No. 4 team from Region 3.