SMITHFIELD – After last week’s big win over Weber High, the Fremont Silverwolves had a 5-3 record. Sure they had lost three times, but each loss came against a seemingly good team with a winning record and no loss was by more than four points.
But all that was before Wednesday, before the team traveled to Smithfield and met the overwhelming Sky View defensive line that sacked its quarterback over and over again. It was before the state’s leader in touchdown passes completed 21 of his 33 attempts for 370 yards and four touchdowns. It was before the Silverwolves lost 44-10 and learned firsthand why the Bobcats haven’t had to settle for anything less than a double-digit win all season long.
The Fremont High football team now knows – just like the eight teams that came before it – what kind of football team is found in the north end of Cache Valley, and the kids on that football team still want more.
“I think we have room to improve,” senior Bobcat Kade McCulloch said after the game. “I don’t think that we’ve reached our top potential. I believe we can definitely keep going up from here.”
The game didn’t start poorly for the visiting Silverwolves. Thanks to a 60-yard opening kickoff return to by Fremont’s Haze Hadley, the Fremont offense was able to quickly set up a 42-yard field goal. The kick went through the uprights giving the boys from Plain City a 3-0 lead to start the game, but the lead wouldn’t last long. Less than one minute later the Sky View offense scored a touchdown that started a streak of 44 unanswered points.
It began when Garrison Beach completed four-straight passes for a combined 78 yards to put his team on the Fremont 2-yard line, setting up an easy Mason Tye touchdown.
“They’ve got a great run defense, and we had to throw the ball around,” Sky View head coach Craig Anhder said. “Garrison (Beach) was up to the challenge. He had the receivers and the O-line protected so we were able to do those things.”
The defense came up with three-straight tackles for loss on the next Fremont possession. Colton Durrant and Max Christensen combined for a 4-yard sack that was followed by a JR Martindale quarterback hit for a 1-yard loss. Stockton Bowman completed the three-and-out defensive stop with a 9-yard tackle for loss of his own. Beach rode the momentum from the defensive stop with a 51-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Breygan Holbrook. By the end of the first quarter, Beach had completed 6 of 7 passes for 126 yards.
The second quarter was more of a defensive battle. Neither team scored until 2:02 was left in the first half. That’s when Bryce Mortenson caught a 6-yard pass in the endzone to put the Bobcats up 21-3, but the touchdown didn’t come easy. It came after two fourth-down conversions during the drive, one after Beach ran with the ball instead of punting, barely picking up the necessary yards. The next came on a defensive holding call after the ball fell incomplete on fourth-and-5.
The Bobcats started piling on the points after halftime. A 21-yard Mortenson endzone reception capped the 80-yard second-half opening drive. Fremont lost 7 yards on its next drive and ended up punting from their own 11-yard line. The punt bounced off Bobcat Mason Cook’s helmet and out of the back of the endzone for a safety. The two points gave Sky View a 30-3 lead.
Later in the quarter the Bobcats turned the ball over when Beach fumbled the snap, but the Sky View defense didn’t allow the Silverwolves to capitalize. When Sky View got the ball back, Beach made up for the fumble by completing a 52-yard pass that set up another Tye touchdown.
The Bobcats scored one last time in a very familiar way. Mortenson reeled in his third touchdown pass of the night on a wide open 6-yard reception. Fremont scored the last points of the game on a 66-yard touchdown run soon after.
“I’m really proud of our defense,” senior Alex McRae said. “Really that should have been a shutout. One cheap run and then our kickoff team let us down giving them that field position, but I’m proud of the way our defense played and our offense made big plays when needed.”
The win improved the Bobcat record to a perfect 9-0. Sky View will face undefeated team at home next week when rival Mountain Crest comes to town Friday night.