LAYTON -- A week after falling victim to a game-ending tipped Hail Mary in a 13-12 loss to Roy, Fremont nearly turned the tables on the Lancers.
With Layton nursing a 7-0 lead and 14 seconds away from a Region 1 homecoming victory, Fremont's Justin Shaw heaved a pass from the Lancer 47 to the end zone. Layton's Jullian Blackmon got a hand on the ball, but it fell into the arms of Fremont's Paxton Merrill for a game-tying touchdown with five ticks left on the clock.
After two scoreless overtimes, the Lancers rebounded for the win as Hunter Evans found Jordan Jaramillo in the middle of the end zone for a score in the third extra period. The Lancer defense then held Fremont out of the end zone to keep the Silver Wolves winless on the season.
"This is incredible, this is amazing," said Layton senior linebacker Haden Langston. "Honestly, last week against Roy the same thing happened to Fremont. I knew we had to keep our eyes open for something like that and after it happened I just said, 'We've got to go play football, we just have to keep going.
"We've been watching film on them all week. We knew where they were running and we just knew what was coming and we played well."
With the Layton offense moving the ball well in spurts, but struggling to convert drives into points, the burden fell open the Lancer defense. Fremont had possession eight times inside the Layton 30 and had zero points to show for it as it turned the ball over on downs six times and missed two field goals.
The Lancers opened the game's scoring on a one-yard touchdown plunge from Davis Marriott midway through the second quarter. With the backfield pressure applied by the Layton defense it looked like it might be all the points the Lancers would need.
"(Region 1 games) are all going to be hard," Layton coach Jim Batchelor said. "I didn't expect triple overtime hard, but it was good. It was very satisfying.
In the first overtime, Layton's 31-yard field goal attempt was blocked. The Silver Wolves then had a chance to win it, but their three-point try sailed low and left.
The two squads each exchanged field goal tries in the second extra session as well, but Fremont's 38-yard kick fell short while Layton's try was blocked again.
* MORGAN 42, GRANGER 18: At Morgan, Kade Carrigan rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while teammate Jake Peterson added two touchdowns on just three carries as 3A's Morgan crushed visiting Granger, limiting the 5-A Lancers to just 211 yards of total offense.
* JUAN DIEGO 69, BEN LOMOND 0: At Draper, the Scots were unable to slow the Soaring Eagle on its speedy turf.
* BEAR RIVER 62, TOOELE 48: At Tooele, in a game more resembling a basketball game, the Trojans bulled out to a 41-27 halftime edge then held on for the victory. The teams combined for 110 points.
Brady Parker tossed two TDs and ran for a score, Jardeen Nessen scored a rushing and passing TD, and Colton Jensen and Tanner Porter also caught touchdowns for the Bear River.