This was the third game Timpanogos has played against a Region 4 team. Timpanogos opened the season playing Lehi and last week played American Fork. The T-Wolves won both games and added Pleasant Grove to their list of conquests tonight, outscoring the Vikings 27-13 in a neighborhood battle.
Timpanogos Principal Theron Murphy said, "Our kids played their hearts out tonight. We have some great talent this year and our coaching couldn't be better. Pleasant Grove has a great team also and they played very well."
The first quarter saw good and bad for Pleasant Grove. During the Viking's second possession, junior wide receiver Spencer Romney came out of the game and was later determined to have fractured his collar bone, ending his playing time for the near future.
"Spencer is a tough one to lose. He is a starter on both sides of the ball," coach Ryan Newman said.
On the following play, Michael Anderson found Skyler Munson open and hit him for a 19-yard touchdown with senior kicker Trevor Ward adding the conversion point.
The T-Wolves got the ball back and steadily moved the ball down field, but the drive stalled on the Pleasant Grove 35 yard line. On the ensuing punt, the Vikings were flagged for roughing the kicker, giving the T-Wolves fresh downs. Three plays later, senior running back Morgan Dickerson ran the ball across the goal line to give Timpanogos its first score, but senior kicker Houston Brown missed the extra point.
As time was running out on the first quarter, Pleasant Grove's Anderson again connected with Munson, and he turned it up field for a 44-yard scamper. The snap for the extra point was mishandled, and the Vikings ended the quarter leading 13-6.
And that was all the scoring Pleasant Grove could muster for the rest of the game.
During the second quarter, Timpanogos senior running back Jacob Hougaard did his own scoring romp of 44 yards. Senior quarterback Kaden Bramall handed the ball off to Hougaard, and he did the rest to the end zone, while kicker Brown added the PAT. At the end of the half, the teams were tied at 13-13.
The third quarter was all Timpanogos as Bramall connected with senior wide receiver Jaxon Beck in the end zone with a 10-yard pass. After intercepting a Viking pass, Bramall scored on a 7-yard scamper, and Brown added the extra point. At the end of the third, Timpanogos was on top 27-13.
Neither team scored in the fourth, and with 27 seconds left, Timpanogos took a knee and ran out the clock.
"Pleasant Grove is a class team, and they are coached very well," said head coach Ed Larson, who is entering his third year at the helm of the program. "When you play 5A teams, you have to manage the complete game because they all have such deep rosters and they have a lot of talent to choose from. You have to be able to control the last six or so minutes to have a chance to win."
Senior Jaxon Beck added that the team seems to be doing better with each game.
"We struggled a bit with Lehi," he said. It was better against American Fork and we were able to shut them out in the second half, and that is what we did here tonight. We just need to gain some confidence in our reads and what we are doing and I think we may do okay this year."
For the game, Pleasant Grove had 80 yards rushing on 25 carries and 180 yards passing on 18-of-33 attempts for a total of 260 yards. Timpanogos had 156 rushing yards on 39 carries with 99 yards passing on 10-of-17 attempts for 255 yards total offense.
The T-Wolves next game will be on Sept. 7, at Salem Hills High School. Pleasant Grove will play at home, hosting West Jordan, also on Sept. 7.
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