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Weber players Caleb Graves (opposite) and Tyson Brown (21) celebrate a goal against Fremont in a boys Region 1 football game in Plain City on Friday, May 6, 2022. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Examiner )

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard Examiner

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Danny Jenkins of Weber, center, moves through the Fremont defense in a boys Region 1 football game on Friday, May 6, 2022 in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Checker)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard Examiner

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Fremont’s Cooper Ulm attempts to control the ball in a boys Region 1 soccer game against Weber on Friday May 6, 2022 in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Checker)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard Examiner

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Jordan Arrington of Fremont prepares to hit the ball in a boys Region 1 soccer game against Weber on Friday, May 6, 2022 in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Checker)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard Examiner

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Weber’s Collin Jones, left, possesses the ball against Fremont’s Amir Odeh (21) in a boys’ Region 1 soccer game Friday, May 6, 2022, in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Checker)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard Examiner

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Webers Blake Bybee (24) tries to hold off Fremont defenseman Tyler Ware (9) in a boys Region 1 football game Friday, May 6, 2022 in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Checker)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard Examiner

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Weber’s Blake Bybee, left, challenges Fremont’s Tyler Ware (9) in a boys Region 1 soccer game Friday, May 6, 2022 in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Checker)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard Examiner

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Fremont’s Stockton Hunsaker (15) and Weber’s Gage Pack (left) battle for the ball in a boys Region 1 football game in Plain City on Friday, May 6, 2022. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Checker)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard Examiner

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A Fremont player heads the ball during a Region 1 boys soccer game against Weber Friday, May 6, 2022 in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Checker)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard Examiner

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Weber’s Collin Jones (8) and Fremont’s Amir Odeh (21) battle during a boys Region 1 soccer game Friday, May 6, 2022, in Plain City. (BRIAN WOLFER, Special to Standard Checker)

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard Examiner

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PLAIN CITY — As good as Weber boys football is at sharing the ball — three different players scored on Friday — one thing the Warriors didn’t want to share was the Region 1 championship.

There may have been some questions for 2 minutes and 18 seconds, but after that Weber left little doubt.

Fremont scored early, but then it was just the Warriors who scored three goals and secured their second straight region title with a 3-1 win.

“It’s definitely nice to win the region, but our focus now is on the playoffs and game by game,” said Weber junior Luke Wight.

The Silver Wolves went 1-0 up through a goal from newcomer Amir Odeh in the 15th minute, but Weber soon countered to level it to one, just over two minutes later, through a goal from Caleb Graves.

“It was nice to get back into the game so quickly; jump back and go down there and score,” Wight said. “It was great to score a goal and even… know that we can win the game.”

Fremont (7-9-1, 5-7 Region 1) coach Fred Smith lamented his team’s inability to hold the lead.

“It’s been happening to us all year; We would get up early. Our concern is what will happen after that,” Smith said. “We need to work better on getting another one. I’ve always preached the two-minute rule. It’s usually after two minutes when they want to push hard and get the goal back.”

Wight then scored the decisive goal in the 37th minute to give the Warriors (13-2, 10-2) a 2-1 lead at half-time.

“It just popped out and I tried to get a shot off as quickly as possible. Someone on their team got a toe on it and I just cornered them,” Wight said. “Nice to be up front and going in the half and putting pressure on them.”

Tyson Brown headed in the 50th minute to make it 3-1, while senior goalkeeper Stockton Short and Weber’s defense kept Fremont off the board in the second half.

“There’s a big difference going in half and going in half,” Short said. “We came out of half-time with more momentum; We had a lead. We just had to hold it to win.”

Short doesn’t get hit very often and wasn’t planning on putting another one in the net.

“We missed getting a big clear out; We were there defensively, just kind of missed touch,” Short said. “Of course I can’t be perfect, but we were so dominant before that goal that I knew we were going to get goals back. So it didn’t affect me that much and I knew our team would never give up; I think we scored a goal two minutes later.

“Once we were level again, I said to myself, I’m not going to let anyone else in and we’re going to win this game,” he said.

Smith, for example, won’t be sad that Short is graduating this year.

“He’s the best. No offense but I can’t wait for him to go. He’s a great goalkeeper and I tell him that with all due respect,” said Smith.

Short and the Warriors now aim to defend their 6A state title.

“Winning the region was our first goal,” Short said. “But, to use the famous words of Kobe Bryant, ‘Job not done yet.’ We still have the state championship we are hungry for.”



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