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Syracuse High infielder Daxton Faddis (1) carries the football as Weber’s Crash Coggins (6) tries to fight out of a block Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 in Syracuse.

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Examiner

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The Roy High football team gathers after a scrimmage at Layton High School on June 22, 2022.

PATRICK CARR, standard examiner

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Layton High’s Garrett Gifford (11) hands over to Tyler Wensel (7) during a second round 6A playoff game against Weber on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at Weber High School in Pleasant View.

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High school football is less than a month away. Here’s a breakdown of Region 1 of 6A, along with Roy High’s outlook in Region 2 below.

REGION 1

FAVORITES

Farmington

Sure, Farmington transferred a few starters to other schools, but the team still has most of its starters in 2022.

Not only are there returning starters for the Phoenix, but they’re in big roles: quarterback Easton Wight, running back Boston Reinhold and linebacker Luke Hansen, to name just three.

Even last year’s 8-3 young side came within three points of a regional championship, so it’s safe to say that a more experienced team should be one of the top contenders this year.

Syracuse

The most experienced team in the region could be Syracuse on the back of several players who started two or three years before this season.

Almost everyone is coming back from last year’s team that went to the state quarterfinals and finished 8-5, the latter being a little unlucky given the back-to-back losses in September.

The Titans needed to find something in running back and with the transfer of Roy Kobe Bennett to the team, Syracuse looks like a pretty complete team that should be one of the best in Region 1.

DARK HORSES

Davis

Davis isn’t returning much, but the Darts are returning a good quarterback Jackson Stevens and some good receivers, led by Easton Baggett.

If the offensive line can come together, a running back emerges, and the defense learns quickly, there is enough talent on offense to score points.

This is also the second year under head coach Scott Peery, and things generally go better the second year under a new system than the first year.

layton

Layton has size, skill and depth – which teams need to win Region 1. The questions relate to offensive skill positions, namely quarterback.

Dual-threat Tyler Wensel takes the reins after switching receivers, the Lancers have a 1,000-yard receiver to replace as well as a new starting running back.

If the offensive skill positions fit the starting role well, Layton is easily in the mix in September.

UNKNOWN

Free field

The Falcons have a third different head coach in three years, Carl Harry, who was the team’s offensive coordinator last year.

Harry, a former University of Utah player who briefly appeared in the NFL for the Washington club, is taking over a Clearfield program that has won six games in four seasons.

The Falcons graduated most of their best players from last year and are retooling in 2022. They’re typically the smallest team in Region 1, but it’s unclear how they’ll do this year with another new coach.

Fremont

Fremont has a new head coach, Clay Bayard, as well as plenty of starting spots to fill, young players everywhere and not as much depth as in previous years.

With a new defensive coordinator as well, there is a significant adjustment period in Fremont. But, there is a host of talented players – Christian Blanch, David Calvert and Dax Iverson, among them – and therefore some potential for a good year.

Weber

After a run to the 6A State Semifinals, Weber brings back a young and inexperienced squad outside of quarterback Aidan Carter.

The current classes aren’t as deep as the previous ones, so Weber could potentially look a little different now.

The Warriors have a tough out-of-region schedule, then open Region 1 with Farmington and Syracuse. It will be the test of fire.

REGION 1 COACH SURVEY

Votes for first place are in parentheses. Teams got seven points for a first-place vote, six points for a second-place vote, and so on.

T1. Syracuse 38 (4)

T1. Farmington 38 (2)

3. Davis 22

4. Fremont 21

T5. 20

T5. Weber 20

7.Clearfield 8

ROY IN REGION 2

Where does Roy High stand in Region 2 football this year? Somewhere in the middle, probably.

The Royals are a fairly young group and find things in most positions. The offensive line is an asset for Roy and, in a league as important as Region 2, the O line will be key.

The coaching staff is also a mostly new group with freshman head coach Chris Solomona, freshman offensive coordinator Connor McGuire and freshman defensive coordinator Jake Gallegos. In a summer interview, Solomona felt like Roy would be competitive in Region 2.

West looks like the favorite fielding arguably the biggest team in the region, a good group of comebacks and a handful of Division-I college rookies.

Kearns was in the game last year, but with a group of seniors. Then again, the Cougars have seven straight winning seasons and typically score at least 30 points per game, so they have a good thing going right now.

Hunter, who gave adjustments to Roy last year, is returning a good part of his team as is Taylorsville (0-9 last year). Cyprus and Granger also fire a good number of players.

Connect with journalist Patrick Carr via email at [email protected], Twitter @patrickcarr_ and Instagram @standardexaminersports.



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