Fremont High football preview: 'Just a different skinny, bald guy in charge'

Tuesday , August 08, 2017 - 5:15 AM

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Staff

PLAIN CITY — New Fremont High head football coach Ross Arnold said nothing’s really going to change from how Kory Bosgieter did things the last nine years.

“I told him the way I look at it is it’s just a different skinny, bald guy in charge,” Arnold quipped.

Bosgieter didn’t leave much reason to change things. He guided Fremont to seven state tournament appearances, four region titles and two appearances in the state championship game. Last season, the Silver Wolves advanced to the 5-A semifinals.

Arnold will try to keep the success going with a host of brand new starters. Fremont returns just two starters on offense and four starters on defense.

So far, he’s optimistic. He said the players are talented and they work hard.

“The challenge is being able to execute on Friday night under the lights when it really matters most rather than on Thursday at 3:30,” Arnold said.

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Fremont’s only two returning starters on offense are on the line: seniors Tony Bodily and Owen Stewart. Gone is the three-headed monster of quarterback Saxton Morby, who was the Region 1 MVP last year, running back Austin Freeman and wide receiver Haze Hadley.

Senior Dawson Sanford will replace Morby, while Jay Scott, a junior, will replace Freeman.

Scott started at linebacker last season and got some carries in the backfield as well, but Arnold said he’ll primarily be used at running back this season.

Arnold said it’s important for the new skill players to simply try and be the best versions of themselves rather than trying to replicate the players they’re replacing.

Defensively, Fremont returns lineman Dakota Thompson, linebackers Heston Hobbs and Chaedon Dayton, and cornerback Jake Douglas. Hobbs tallied a team-high 135 tackles with eight tackles for loss last season, while Dayton tallied 67 tackles and five tackles for loss.

Thompson had 29 tackles and four tackles for loss, and Douglas recorded a pair of interceptions to go along with 56 tackles.

“We don’t return a lot of guys, but we have guys,” Arnold said.


FREMONT 2017 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

(*Region 1 game)

Friday, Aug. 18: Brighton

Friday, Aug. 25: Pleasant Grove

Friday, Sept. 1: at Bonneville

Friday, Sept. 8: at Layton* (KMYU)

Friday, Sept. 15: Davis*

Friday, Sept. 22: at Northridge*

Friday, Sept. 29: at Syracuse*

Thursday, Oct. 5: Weber* (KJZZ)

Friday, Oct. 13: Clearfield*

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Contact Standard-Examiner sports reporter Ryan Comer at rcomer@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @RyanComerSe and on Facebook.

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