With time running out in the last quarter of Brighton's Homecoming game, freshman quarterback Drew Jensen took a knee, and the Bengals ran off the field having protected their perfect season from an upset loss to the Vikings 17-16.
"On film, we knew this would be a tough game," Brighton head coach Ryan Bullett said. "The Vikings are big and very physical. They played us tough. I'm glad we regained some composure and finally pulled it out at the end of the game."
The Vikings drew first blood on a 30-yard field goal by the Viking's senior kicker, Trevor Ward, with 6:23 left in the quarter. Several running plays later, Bengal kicker Hunter Dall also split the uprights with a 34-yard field goal to tie it up with 1:07 left in the first quarter, 3-3.
The second quarter had both teams scoring one touchdown each. With 8:31 remaining, senior wide receiver Tyson Reid hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass, and Dall scored the PAT to give the Bengals their biggest lead of the game at 10-3. With under 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Brighton's kicker set up to attempt a field goal from the 15-yard line. The Vikings blocked the kick, and senior defensive back Cody Scott recovered the ball at the 5-yard line and returned it 95 yards up field to give Pleasant Grove hope and momentum going into the locker room at the half.
The Vikings ran off the field being down 10-9 – the one-point difference being the missed PAT earlier in the game.
The third quarter was a defensive battle with neither team scoring.
On the third play into the last quarter, Viking quarterback Mike Anderson hit senior wide receiver Skyler Munson in the end zone with a 6-yard strike, and Ward made the PAT to give Pleasant Grove its largest lead of the game at 16-10.
But with 11:26 remaining, there was still a lot of football to be played.
Each team had opportunities to move the ball, but the defense on each side did their job and got the ball back for their team. With 3:58 remaining, the Bengals senior running back Brady McCloyn took the ball and crossed the goal line 22 yards down the field, and Dall scored the PAT to win the game.
On Pleasant Grove's ensuing possession, Brighton picked off an Anderson pass that secured the win for the Bengals.
Brighton now has a 5-0 record and faces region foe Alta next week at Alta. Pleasant Grove slides to 3-2 on the season and faces Lehi next week.
Kent Allen lives in Pleasant Grove and covers Pleasant Grove Viking Varsity sports.
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