Prep football: Pleasant Grove holds on for share of region title
Herriman • Thursday's game between Herriman and Pleasant Grove had everything â eight lead changes, a double pass for a touchdown and plenty of momentum changing plays on both sides.
Oh, and there was a region championship at stake, too.
When the dust settled, Pleasant Grove emerged with a wild 42-41 victory to forge a four-way tie for the Region 4 championship with Herriman, Riverton and Lone Peak. Jacob Doman's 57-yard touchdown catch with five minutes remaining in the game was the final lead change and the final blow for Herriman.
"The win was sitting up on the table and Pleasant Grove went and grabbed it," Vikings running back TJ Wind said. "The momentum was up and down the whole game. We had to keep our heads on straight. I'm proud of our team for doing that."
With a victory, Herriman could have claimed its first region championship outright. Instead, the four teams will share the title. Meanwhile, coin flips will determine the region's seeding order for the playoffs.
The Vikings led 14-13 at halftime before both offenses caught fire in the third quarter. The teams combined for six touchdowns â and three lost fumbles â in the quarter, keeping fans on the edge of their seats. Things slowed down in the fourth, but as usual, it wasn't without its share of drama.
Conner Johnson's return of a blocked punt gave Herriman a 41-35 lead with 7:14 left, but Pleasant Grove answered on its next drive with Doman's score.
"There were so many keys to this game it's hard to even start," Vikings coach Les Hamilton said. "We're region champs and it feels great. We're in the cardiac conference. It's been a cardiac every game. The tough region has seasoned these guys. They've stepped up time after time. I'm real proud of them."
Aside from a blowout loss to Riverton, Pleasant Grove has outscored region opponents 139-125, attesting to the closeness of its games.
Redemption was on the minds of the Vikings.
"Last year we had a chance to win region but got blown up by Bingham," Wind said. "We were so hungry this year. There wasn't a moment I felt at ease."
Thought it seemed meaningless at the time, Colt Andolsek's missed point-after kick in the first quarter proved costly for Herriman. The Mustangs also had a safety overturned and lost all three of their fumbles in the game.
Herriman tried everything to keep up, scoring on a double pass when Kody Jarvis caught the ball and then flung a 39-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Marrott. The Mustangs tried a hook-and-ladder play with Johnson and Brandon Farmer, but the ball was fumbled away in the final seconds.
Wind rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns and Jeremiah Evans threw for 179 yards and three scores for Pleasant Grove. Farmer rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a punt return for the Mustangs.
Storylines Pleasant Grove 42, Herriman 41
• The Vikings create a four-way tie for the region title with the win.
• The lead changed hands eight time in the game.