Friday , October 13, 2017 - 10:40 PM
PLAIN CITY — There was a good chance that Fremont, Syracuse and Northridge could end up in a three-way tie for second place in the final Region 1 standings with a 4-2 record.
Fremont coach Ross Arnold knew what the seeding results would be in that scenario from a coin flip that took place Wednesday — but he didn’t tell his team heading into Friday’s game against Clearfield.
After all, things were still fluid. The Silver Wolves needed to beat the Clearfield before worrying about what was going on down the road in Kaysville with the Syracuse-Davis game.
Fremont did its part, flogging the Falcons 35-7 and qualifying for the 6-A state tournament as the third seed from Region 1 and a likely date with Region 3’s two-seed Herriman in two weeks.
“I didn’t say a word to (the kids). They don’t know yet,” Arnold said after the game. “We had to take care of our business. That’s kind of been our story the last three weeks. We determine our own fate, our own outcome. So the ball was in our court, we just had to win.”
Clearfield (4-5, 2-4 Region 1) did have a chance to tie the Silver Wolves (6-3, 4-2) for fourth place and force a play-in game, but the Falcons have now missed the playoffs in each of the last 12 years.
Fremont quarterback Dawson Sanford threw first half touchdown passes to Cade Hadley (23 yards) and Chaedon Dayton (37 yards), helping the Silver Wolves to a 21-0 lead at intermission. Sanford finished the night 12 of 19 for 178 yards and the two scores.
Jay Scott bulled over from 2 yards out for Fremont’s other first half touchdown.
Hadley scored on a 9-yard sweep around left end with 7:15 left in the third quarter and Scott added a powerful 17-yard run up the middle near the end of the period to wind up the night.
“We did what we needed to do; get back to playing our type of football,” Arnold said. “We hadn’t really played that well the last couple of weeks, so we wanted to clean up our execution and get ready for the playoffs.”
The Falcons’ lone touchdown came on a 5-yard pass from Jaxon Mansfield to Devon Poll midway through the third quarter.
Wyatt Tuckett intercepted two errant Clearfield passes and led a Fremont defense that forced four Falcon turnovers.
Fremont byes ahead of the playoffs, while Clearfield hosts Bountiful in a non-region game Wednesday.
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