Highland • It's the formula Lone Peak has been waiting for, and one that it hopes can erase some early season disappointments and lead the Knights to the playoffs.
Lone Peak quarterback Baron Gajkowski amassed 472 yards of total offense, and the defense shut down American Fork's high-scoring attack in a 21-14 victory Friday night.
The win was Lone Peak's first in three Region 4 games and evens its overall record at 3-3.
"The key to our defense is we bend a little bit, but we don't break," Lone Peak coach Mike Mower said. "That was the key we refused to break."
Gajkowski rushed for two first-half touchdowns and threw for another in the third quarter. It was his second rushing touchdown that turned momentum in a tight first half.
After an American Fork punt, the Knights took possession at their 20-yard line with 16.7 seconds remaining. Gajkowski broke a run up the middle and went 79 yards to the Caveman 1. On the next play the final play of the half the senior found the end zone for a 14-7 halftime lead.
"He's just relentless," Mower said. "He's gonna give everything he has. It was a team win, top to bottom. All the credit goes to those kids."
Gajkowski rushed for 242 yards and connected on a 64-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Murdock midway through the third quarter.
American Fork (4-2, 2-1) entered the night averaging 37 points per game. But starting quarterback Jacen Candie was errant with passes most of the evening and finished 11 of 26 for 175 yards before being pulled in the fourth quarter.
Backup Tanner Smith led the Cavemen on an 88-yard touchdown drive, but it was too little, too late.
Zach Katoa (6-yard run) and Hayden Johnson (4-yard reception) scored for American Fork.