5A football: Lone Peak avenges early season loss to Alta, 41-22
Highland • The second time was the charm for Lone Peak.
Senior quarterback Baron Gajkowski ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more Friday, leading the Knights to a 41-22 victory over Alta in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A playoffs.
Lone Peak avenged an early-season 35-17 loss to the Hawks behind the play of Gajkowski and a stout defense that forced four turnovers.
"We've just matured," Lone Peak coach Mike Mower said. "These kids, we convinced them after the rocky beginning we had, they just had to hang in there and not quit.
"We stuck to fundamentals the basic fundamentals and I have to hand it to them. They never gave up and kept battling and have gotten better every week."
Gajkowski scored on runs of 9 and 12 yards and hit senior receiver Dylan Murdock with touchdown passes of 27 and 13 yards as the Knights improved their record to 8-4.
Alta concluded its season at 5-6.
"It was a team win," Mower said. "A great ballgame. Defense. Offense. ... I'll tell you what, our coordinators, Jared Harward and Gary Sheide, had great game plans, and our kids executed them. That's really who the credit goes to the kids. They worked hard during the week, and it showed today."
Lone Peak never trailed and led 41-6 before two meaningless touchdowns by the Hawks in the final four minutes.
"Alta is a great program," Mower said. "It makes this win even sweeter beating a class act like Alta. And we know that."
Lone Peak took command on its first possession.
The Knights drove 80 yards in 13 plays and grabbed a 6-0 lead when senior Erik Ostrom ran 1 yard on fourth-and-goal.
Quarterback Chipper Lucero's pass was intercepted by junior linebacker Riley Whimpey on Alta's first possession.
Taking over at the 39, Lone Peak made it 13-0 when Gajkowski scrambled 9 yards on third-and-2. It was 20-6 at halftime, and the Knights scored twice in the third quarter to seal their victory.
Lone Peak 41, Alta 22
O Senior quarterback Baron Gajkowski throws for two touchdowns and runs for two more.
• The Knights build a 41-6 lead before the Hawks score two TDs in the last four minutes.