Highland • At some point this weekend when Pleasant Grove coach Les Hamilton reflects back on what happened Friday night against Lone Peak he just might paraphrase Dennis Green’s most famous words: They are who they thought they were and we let them off the hook.
The Knights scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to stun Pleasant Grove 27-17 and turn the tables on the Vikings who had both hands on the steering wheel for much of the game.
Pleasant Grove’s inability to finish off drives in the red zone and contain quarterback Baron Gajkowksi proved costly.
"Baron Gajkowski just knows how to get it done. You just knew sooner or later he was going to break a big one. He’s one of the most relentless players I’ve ever coached," said Lone Peak coach Mike Mower. "We just kept telling our kids to never quit. I think our team learned a valuable lesson tonight to never give up."
Gajkowksi scrambled out of the pocket and down the sideline for a 35-yard touchdown run that gave Lone Peak a 21-17 lead with 3:08 left in the game that proved to be the game winner.
Erik Ostrom then put the game away with a 5-yard touchdown run, his second rushing touchdown of the night that left Pleasant Grove fans speechless.
The Vikings controlled the game for three quarters. They scored on their first play from scrimmage when Jeremiah Evans threw a perfect pass down the middle of the field to hit Spencer Romney in stride for a 69-yard touchdown pass.
They went up 14-0 with 9:52 left in the half when TJ Wind scored from a yard out but Lone Peak quickly answered. When the Knights got the ball back Gajkowksi finished off a 70-yard drive with a touchdown run that cut the lead to 14-7 with 7:34 left in the half.
But that’s when Lone Peak’s defense effectively won the game. Pleasant Grove had two drives stall in the red zone in the final five minutes of the first half and walked away with nothing.
"This was really a team win. You can’t just single out one player," Mower said. "But our defense was just huge. They kept us in the game until our offense got going in the fourth quarter."
The win helped the Knights improve to 2-2 in Region 4 while the Vikings dropped to 1-2.
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