Thursday , October 05, 2017 - 11:24 PM
PLAIN CITY — Closing out games with interceptions has been a staple this season for the Weber High football team.
So why not do it again with the first region title since 1996 on the line?
Senior Tyrell Barnett did just that, intercepting a pass as Fremont was in the midst of a furious fourth-quarter rally, and Weber defeated Fremont 28-20 to win the Region 1 title Thursday.
“I just think we know where to go,” said Barnett, who had two interceptions in the final period. “We trust the coverage and trust everybody else on the field that they’ll do their job and then we just fly around and make plays.”
This group of Warriors knows how to make plays because that’s what they’ve always done. Two years ago, the sophomore team that included this year’s seniors went undefeated.
“We knew all along, ever since we were little, that our age group – playing with the junior class, too – was just so dominant,” Barnett said.
Fremont’s late surge started after the Silver Wolves (5-3, 3-2 Region 1) fell behind 28-7 with 9:26 left in the fourth quarter.
Dawson Sanford found Chaedon Dayton for a 38-yard touchdown with 7:36 left (the extra-point attempt was missed) and Jay Scott ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 5:44 remaining.
Scott’s touchdown was set up by a blocked punt that gave Fremont the ball at the Weber 5.
Fremont quickly forced a punt after Scott’s touchdown and took over at the Weber 44 with 4:00 left, but on third-and-8 from the 42, Barnett ended the threat with his first interception of the period.
Barnett’s game-clinching interception came after Fremont took over on its own 42 with 1:58 left. After a sack, the Silver Wolves quickly moved the ball to the Warriors 43. A sack and a pair of incomplete passes set up fourth down and the game-deciding play.
Ty Barnett gets another pick with 32.7 seconds left and that does it.— Ryan Comer (@RyanComerSe) October 6, 2017
Weber beats Fremont 28-20 to win Region 1 title. pic.twitter.com/hbt6r6E8XA
“They’ll attack the ball,” Weber (7-1, 5-0) coach Matt Hammer said of his defense. “They’ll attack it and they’ll compete and they won’t just sit there and allow a play to happen.”
Fremont took an early 7-0 lead following a 26-yard touchdown pass from Sanford to Griffin Rhees on the game’s opening possession, but Weber quickly answered.
On Weber’s second play from scrimmage, Austin Bartholomew hit Braedon Iverson for a 73-yard gain that took the ball to the Fremont 7. After a penalty, Bartholomew found Hudson Schenck for a 2-yard touchdown toss.
Weber failed to convert a two-point attempt but eventually took the lead on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Bartholomew to Schenck that came with 7:49 left in the second quarter. Bartholomew then connected with Sione Moa for a two-point conversion to give the Warriors a 14-7 advantage.
Iverson caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Bartholomew with 3:34 left in the third quarter and Schenck caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Bartholomew with 9:26 left in the fourth.
“Our team just played our game,” Iverson said. “Earlier in the year, we had the same kind of situation with Roy and we came back then, so we knew we could do it if we played our game, played how we’ve been taught to.”
Weber finishes region play next week by hosting Layton. Fremont hosts Clearfield.
This is what celebrating the first region title since 1996 looks like. pic.twitter.com/fChFYSMs7M— Ryan Comer (@RyanComerSe) October 6, 2017
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