In front of an enthusiastic home crowd, new head coach Les Hamilton and his Pleasant Grove Vikings, took control of the second game of the season with a 41-7 win over Provo.
The Vikings ran up a scorching 314 rushing yards on 37 carries, an averag of 8.5 yards per carry. They added another 145 yards on 13 of 20 passing for 459 yards of total offense.
It wasn't just the offense that carried the evening. The Vikings defense kept the Bulldogs out of the endzone for three quarters of the game.
On PG's second possession in the second quarter, the Bulldogs recovered a Viking fumble and senior quarterback Jeff Van Buren completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to senior WR Caleb Barton. Senior kicker Christian Cardoso added the extra point.
Provo's defense also recovered three fumbles and intercepted a Viking pass, but the Vikings intercepted two Bullgog passes and two fumbles, one being recovered in Provo's end zone on Provo's first possession of the third quarter, resulting in Pleasant Grove's fourth touchdown of the game.
Pleasant Grove crossed the goal line twice more in the third quarter making it 41-7; neither team scored in the fourth.
Senior kicker Trevor Ward added to his scoring total with five of six PATs, giving him a 13-point tally for two games.
On the Viking's last possession of the third quarter, junior quarterback Caleb Veenker replaced senior starting quarterback Mike Anderson, giving him a needed rest.
Provo had a scare during the fourth quarter when junior LB Spencer Ika collapsed on the field before the ball was snapped. He was helped off the field.
"It was dehydration," said new head coach Cody Mallory about the incident. "I don't like to see that happen; he is one of our horses, but he is all right now".3 comments on this story
Viking Coach Kyle Sanderson said he wasn't happy with PG's turnovers: "They slow us down and stop our momentum. We need to get over that before next week".
Anderson is looking toward next week, too, which he says will be a "real test" for the team because "Timpanogos is always a tough game. We'll rely on our coaches to get us prepared and then we'll go to work."
Junior OL/DL Zac Dawe agreed with Anderson about putting trust in their coaches for preparation: "These coaches are great to work with. They have taught us so many new things and they care about our motivation".
Pleasant Grove travels to neighboring Timpanogos High School next week to play the Timberwolves on their home field. The Timberwolves are 2-0 with wins over Lehi and American Fork.