Pleasant Grove • No team had found a way to beat Pleasant Grove this season until Friday.
Riverton figured it would try a little creativity.
The Silverwolves used three interceptions, two forced fumbles, a fake punt, an onside kick, an aggressive pass rush and a whole lot of Cayden Jones and Cameron Christiansen to beat Pleasant Grove 38-7.
Riverton made it look easy. The Vikings had been averaging 39 points a game but never could get things going against a swarming Riverton defense.
"The kids play really well," Riverton coach Mike Miller said. "This is really an unselfish group of kids who love each other. Each week you never know who is going to show up in the newspaper. The credit has to go to our coaches and our kids. We knew if we took away No. 5 [TJ Wind] and No. 2 [Spencer Romney] that we would have a good chance to be successful."
Pleasant Grove scored first when the Vikings took advantage of Riverton’s only turnover in the game.
After Riverton’s Keaton Kimball picked off a Pleasant Grove pass at the Vikings 31, the Silverwolves fumbled on their first play from scrimmage. Josh Jackman came up with the ball for Pleasant Grove that set up a 31-yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Evans to Jacob Doman with 7 minutes, 28 seconds left in the first quarter.
The rest of the game belonged to Riverton. The Silverwolves used the legs of Christiansen to finish an 80-yard scoring drive. When Riverton’s drive stalled at the Pleasant Grove 6, Christiansen picked up five yards. He then was rewarded with a 1-yard touchdown run.
The Silverwolves took the lead in the second quarter when Brady Slack split the uprights on a 37-yard field goal that left the score 10-7 at the half.
Christiansen got Riverton going in the second half when he scored on a 34-yard run to push the lead to 17-7 with 8:38 left in the third quarter.
Jones scored near the end of the third quarter to help Riverton take control of the game. And just in case Pleasant Grove had thoughts about a fourth-quarter comeback, Kimball broke off a 28-yard touchdown run with 9:08 left in the game.
Payden Cayias put the finishing touches on the convincing win with a touchdown run in the final minute of the game.
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