Highland • The Bountiful Braves knew what was coming.
When you are facing a physical, athletic quarterback who likes to run behind an efficient offensive line, it's not too difficult to predict what will happen.
The challenge comes in stopping it.
Lone Peak quarterback Baron Gajkowski scored four rushing touchdowns Friday night to help the Knights open the season with a convincing 32-14 victory over Bountiful.
"A lot of the credit has to go to the offensive line, but Baron has such great explosion to him," said Lone Peak coach Mike Mower. "He can read the front line very well. A lot of it is just flat-out desire that he has. He's a darn good competitor."
Lone Peak scored on its first possession of the game when Gajkowski capped off a 67-yard drive with a 5-yard quarterback draw.
Gajkowski ran a version of the same play to score on a 9-yard run with 10:30 left in the half to give Lone Peak a 13-0 lead, but that's when things got interesting.
Bountiful came up with a goal-line stand to keep the Lone Peak lead from getting out of hand with five minutes left in the half. The Braves then caught a break when they recovered a fumble at the Lone Peak 30.
The Knights looked like their defense would hold, but on 4th-and-11, Bountiful quarterback Jordan Hayes hooked up with Sam Merrill for a 31-yard touchdown pass with just under two minutes left in the half.
Bountiful took a 14-13 lead in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Houston Heimuli, but the Knights answered with more Gajkowski. He scored on runs of 8 and 2 yards to help Lone Peak regain the lead and just capped off a remarkable night with a 76-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Murdock to help Mower win his debut as Lone Peak's head coach.
"Bountiful is a class act. They are always one of the best fundamentally coached teams we play," Mower said. "I'm proud of the kids. For our first ball game, I thought we did some good things."
O Lone Peak quarterback Baron Gajkowski rushes for four touchdowns.
• After trailing 14-13 to Bountiful in the third quarter, the Knights score 19 unanswered points.