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Blocked field goal, run-stuffing defense lead Weber past Roy to share of Region 1 title

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Oct. 16, 2020 at 4:33 p.m.


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PLEASANT VIEW — As a Weber High administrator marched to the other side of the field to pick up The Shield — the annual rivalry trophy at stake whenever Weber and Roy face off each season — the coaching staff asked for one play to go get it and bring it to the group huddled in the north end zone.

There was only one choice, really.

Spencer Hall finished with an 18-yard touchdown, a blocked field goal that led to a 66-yard score, and a would-be pick-six called back for a penalty in the Warriors' 35-8 win over rival Roy to clinch a share of the Region 1 title and likely earn a first-round bye in next week's Class 6A state playoffs.

"It feels good after being ranked fifth at the beginning of the season," said Hall, who also finished among the team's tackling leaders. "We had something to prove, and we proved the doubters wrong.

"They were a great opponent, but we prepared well, and it ended well."

Jake Lindsay completed 4-of-8 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns for the Warriors (7-1), helping to bring back The Shield to Weber High Drive from their rivals to the west.

After rescheduling the game due to COVID-19 quarantines, the Warriors had the afternoon to themselves and a fall break weekend to nurse any wounds.

Their defense emptied the tank in the final game of the regular season, turning a fifth-place picked team into one with at least a share of the region title for the third time in four years.

"For our program, this is huge," Weber head coach Jayson Anderson said. "It wasn't too long ago when people mentioned Weber High and everyone anticipated a W. Coach Hammer did a great job of changing the culture, and we keep adding to it.

"I'm excited for our program. I think this a good step in the right direction, and we're just going to keep getting better."

Weber hosts Roy in a Region 1 football game, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in Pleasant View. (Photo: Sean Walker, KSL.com)

Cannon DeVries caught two passes for 64 yards and a touchdown, and also returned Hall's blocked field goal for a touchdown that gave the Warriors a 14-0 lead in the middle of back-to-back drives that ended in a pair of punts after a combined eight plays.

If Lindsay's line doesn't stand out (he also ran for 125 yards and a score), consider that the junior caller didn't have to do much more than that with his defense and running game around him.

The Warriors held Roy to just 183 yards of offense in the first half, including just 33 yards from standout running back Izzy Gordon. They stopped the region's leading running back, who had 1,127 yards and 10 touchdowns before Saturday.

"We were preparing for him big time during the week," Cannon said of Gordon. "Our JV team got quarantined, so we had a lot of seniors going both ways in practice to simulate him."

After opening with an 18-yard touchdown to Hall, Weber forced the first turnover of the year by the Royals (8-1). That helped set up a meandering first half, a masterful defensive game plan capped by Hall's blocked field goal and a 66-yard scoop-and-score by DeVries.

"It was huge. Our whole line going at it was perfect," Hall said. "We had something going in. We knew we could get through that right side, either me or the guy next to me, to get a block.

"It helped us big time with the momentum."

Lindsay added a 44-yard touchdown run to go up 21-0 with 2:53 left in the half, and the Warriors put in one final stand to hold Roy scoreless on a 10-play, 58-yard drive to end the half on the 16-yard line.

The Warriors held Roy scoreless on every possession until the Royals' final drive, which started in the final minute of a running-clock game in the third quarter and ended 14 plays later with Parker Kingston's 9-yard touchdown strike to Mason Thueson.

Gordon finished with 87 yards on 16 carries, an average of 5.4 yards per carry after entering the game with an average of 7.22 yards per tote during an 8-0 start to the season. Kingston accounted for 124 yards of offense, including 72 on the ground.

"Our guys did a heck of a job out there," Anderson said. "We talked all week about how we had to stop the run, and I thought that gave our kids the chance to win.

"They earned this. I'm proud of the kids and proud of our program."

Scoring summary

First quarter

6:16 — WEB: Spencer Hall, 18-yard pass from Jake Lindsay (Preston Larson kick)

Second quarter

10:56 — WEB: Cannon DeVries, 66-yard blocked kick return (Larson kick)

2:53 — WEB: Lindsay, 44-yard run (Larson kick)

Third quarter

9:06 — WEB: DeVries, 47-yard pass from Lindsay (Larson kick)

1:09 — WEB: Gage Lloyd, 6-yard run (Larson kick)

Fourth quarter

2:54 — ROY: Mason Thueson, 9-yard pass from Parker Kingston (Cade Harris run)

Final — Weber 35, Roy 8

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