by James Tate
Both the Royals and Silverwolves are looking to bounce back after suffering week 1 losses to region 4 teams. Replacing a talented group of seniors and transfers has been a major task for both coaching staff and everyone is excited to see who will step into the spotlight on Friday night. This game always produces spectacular performances and big crowds, and this year will be no exception.
The game, Roy vs Fremont started in 1994 the opening year of Fremont High School which split students from Roy and Weber High boundaries. The schools are about 11 miles apart and that is also the number of the longest winning streak in the rivalry by the Silverwolves from 1995-2002 and 2009-2011.
The winning streaks they have against each other have been very common over the years. Fremont started with the 11-game winning streak, then the Royals came back and won 7 straight from 2012-2016 and 2019-2020.
Both teams have had their share of highlights from outstanding players. In 2013 we saw the hail marry pass from Roy quarterback Tyler Skidmore to Justin Weaver on the final play to give the Royals a 13-12 victory.
In 2014 we saw arguably the most outstanding individual game in the rivalry by Roy receiver/linebacker Cody Hobbs. Hobbs had 208 receiving yards, 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, and a touchdown to lead the Royals to a 27-20 win.
2019 saw a breakout performance by Roy quarterback Jaxson Dart as he passed for 267 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-31 home thriller win for the Royals.
In 2020 both teams displayed their considerable play abilities as Roy running back Izzy Gordon rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns and the Silverwolves Tage Bingham returned a kickoff 96 yards to the house and finished with 201 kickoff return yards.
2021 saw more fireworks as Fremont running back Kyler Kotter displayed his speed with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and 105 receiving yards to give the Silverwolves a 14-3 victory.
2021 Stars of the Game
“Practicing the kickoff reverse and coach promising they would bite to the left,” said Kyler Kotter, “and a seam would open up on the right hash, and it happened.” Kotter added, “all the credit goes to the coaching staff and blocking.”
Roy all-region standout Colby Dickson, who had a team-high 13 tackles, remembers the game as well and shares, “practice was more intense and the game meant so much to everyone to win.” Dickson also said, “we were heartbroken we weren’t able to extend the streak, but I am confident in the guys this year that they will get on the right path.”
Featured image courtesy Lehi Free Press