PLEASANT VIEW -- Unfortunately for Weber there are no MV's (moral victories) in the standings, just W's and L's. Friday night, the Warriors dropped their Region 1 opener 24-21 to Layton in front of a raucous homecoming crowd while playing arguably their best game of the year.
But a loss is still a loss.
"The kids fought hard all night and did a lot of good things," said Weber coach Rick Corbridge. "They worked hard and came to play ball."
Ultimately it was their Achilles heel that proved to be their demise -- big plays. The first came just three plays into the game when Layton defensive back J.T. Anderson picked off a pass and raced 32 yards untouched to give the Lancers a 7-0 lead.
The second came with just 44 seconds left in the half when Devon Nippert busted through the line and raced 70 yards for a touchdown that put the Lancers on top 14-7.
Sandwiched in between the Layton first half tallies was a Jason Mann to Brad Boswell 23-yard scoring toss with just over a minute remaining in the opening period.
Layton added a Jackson Hatch field goal with 3:33 left in the third quarter, but Colton Wayment answered with an electrifying 97 yard kickoff return to pull Weber to within four points at 17-13.
After adding to its lead 24-13 on a 15-yard TD pass from Hunter Evans to Marcus Kemp with 5:26 to play, Layton looked like it would run out the clock after forcing a Weber punt.
The Weber defense, however, forced a turnover and capitalized on the miscue when Austin Tesch bulled his way into the end zone with 1:53 remaining. A two point conversion from Mann to Mason Schlange proved to be the final score of the game.
* LOGAN 40, BONNEVILLE 10: At Logan, D.J. Nelson was just too much for the Lakers defense to handle.
The undefeated Grizzlies got four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns from their quarterback, who distributed the wealth evenly in an 18-for-22 night.
The Lakers cut the lead to 14-10 when Carson Fackrell drilled a 28-yard field goal, and Morgan Unga and Mitch Hansen hooked up on a 50-yard TD pass.
But Beau Artist, Jake Thompson Chasen Andersen and Jesse Braddy all caught TD passes from Nelson in the rout.
* MOUNTAIN CREST 21, SKY VIEW 14: At Smithfield, the Mustangs scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally past the Bobcats on the road.
Quarterback Eddy Hall outdueled Sky View's Nicholas Carver, with three touchdown passes to Carver's two.
Braden Fuller, Famafili Putatau and Ethan Peterson scored for Mountain Crest, while Mitchell Larson and Skyler Hunt reached paydirt for the Bobcats.
* HIGHLAND 29, CLEARFIELD 0: At Salt Lake City, Highland took a 10-0 lead into the fourth quarter, where they tacked on another 19 in the shutout victory.
While Highland's defense clipped the Falcons' wings all night, running back Justin Weaver ran all over Clearfield for 195 yards and three scores.
In the other Region 6 games, Woods Cross fell to East 34-20, and Bountiful bullied Cyprus 41-10.
* VIEWMONT 21, LEHI 8: At Bountiful, Josh Staples threw two touchdown passes, one to Cameron England and one to Haden Heath, and Chris Bednar added a 15-yard rushing touchdown to lift the Vikings.