by James Tate
Region 1 returns 4 quarterbacks who threw for over 7,000 yards and 53 touchdowns in 2021. Aidan Carter of the Weber Warriors, Syracuse Titans Jake Hopkins, Jackson Stevens of the Davis Darts, and Farmington Phoenix Easton Wight are all looking to have big years passing and more importantly big years for their teams. Fremont has newcomer Bodee Goins looking to crack the top tier of region 1 quarterbacks. Layton has first-year starter dual threat Tyler Wensel and Lincoln Church leads the Clearfield Falcons this year.
Aidan Carter: Weber Warriors, senior
Carter replaced injured quarterback Jake Lindsey last year and passed for 1,188 yards and 12 touchdowns in leading the Warriors to the Region 1 title and a quarterfinals appearance at Rice Eccles Stadium. Carter is a big, strong athlete at 6’4” and 225 pounds. Carter can make all the throws and is looking at new weapons in freshman Salesi Moa, junior Braylon Parker, senior Corbin Alvord, sophomore Tyson Higgs, junior Danny Jenkins, junior Austin Gussie, and junior Nakosi Swain. Carter says, “we have tons of guys who are ballers and make plays.”
Carter shares that the team’s goal is to win each week and win the region championship. Those goals are still in the Warrior’s hands and very much attainable.
Carter and the Warriors are off to an 0-2 start but look to turn things around this Friday on the road versus a tough Bonneville Laker team that is 2-0.
Jake Hopkins: Syracuse Titans, junior
Hopkins returns for his junior year after throwing for 2,277 yards and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Hopkins has a quick release and now is a second-year starter and poised to lead the Titans to a region title.
Hopkins has started the season with 503 passing yards and two touchdowns in the first two games. He has weapons to spread the ball to in wide receivers Noah Yeates, Dylan Croxford, running backs Daxton Faddis, Kobe Bennett, and Jake Metcalfe. Experience on the line will give Hopkins plenty of time to put up some big numbers.
The Titans are looking to pick up their first win this Friday at home versus the Westlake Thunder.
Jackson Stevens: Davis Darts, junior
Stevens wears #38, but you won’t mistake him as an out-of-position player when you see his arm and feel for the game. He wears that number because it was the last jersey available his freshman year. Stevens passed for 1,802 yards and 12 touchdowns last year as a sophomore. At 6’5” and 225 pounds, Stevens stands tall in the pocket and delivers the ball all over the field. He has great touch on the deep ball and puts the ball where receivers can make plays after the catch.
Stevens has started the season with 398 passing yards and no touchdowns yet, but that will turn around very soon.
He has dynamic playmakers in Easton Baggett, Tyson Elkins Kaden Eggett, and Hunter Anderson.
Stevens and the Darts are looking to pick up their first win at home versus the Granger Lancers on Friday.
Easton Wight: Farmington Phoenix, junior
Wight is a smart, tough athletic quarterback for the Phoenix. Wight passed for 1,826 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2021. He may not have the size of the other signal callers, but he has the experience of playing in big games and leading the Phoenix to a quarterfinal appearance. Wight has an amazing touch and the ability to keep plays alive outside the pocket and find receivers.
Wight has started the season with 384 passing yards 3 touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Phoenix brings back a loaded offense with the return of standouts, Boston Reinhold, Mitch Nielsen, Dayton Runyon, Ben Stucki, and Dante and Dominic Coats. The defense also will be one of the state’s best with Luke Hansen, Kainoa Jones, Jed Judkins, and Zach Quinton leading the way.
Farmington looks to stay undefeated with a road game at Maple Mountain on Friday.
Quarterbacks to watch
Layton Lancers senior dual-threat quarterback Tyler Wensel has led the Lancers to a 2-0 start. Wensel is a great athlete and shows it with his running ability as well as passing the football. Wensel is strong and very quick.
Fremont Silverwolves looks to senior Bodee Goins to pick up steam and get the Silverwolves winning games. Goins is a strong, athletic, talented quarterback who has a great group of receivers that can make plays.
Clearfield Falcons have senior Lincoln Church to start the season under center. Church is looking to give the Falcons a boost and find ways to have a winning season.
Featured image courtesy Aidan Carter, Weber High School