PLEASANT GROVE — The Pleasant Grove Vikings came out ready to play and defeated Lehi, 46-11, Friday night.
With Lehi having scored on their first possession, leading 3-0, Vikings senior quarterback Michael Anderson put the Vikings offense to work. At the end of the third quarter, when Anderson was pulled from the game, he had thrown 11-of-18 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns, but passing is not the only way the Vikings scored. Senior running back Colton Babb also got back into the game after having not played for two weeks.
"It felt great to get back in the game tonight," Babb said. "I took it easy and didn't really push myself just to see how I felt. I think I'm OK to run and get back to contributing to the games."
On the Vikings second possession, with 7:12 remaining in the quarter, Babb hauled in an Anderson pass and scrambled 13 yards for Pleasant Groves first score of the game. Head coach Les Hamilton decided to go for a 2-point conversion, which worked. Pleasant Grove led by 8-3, and the rout was on. The Vikings scored once more in the first quarter on an 8-yard running play with senior wide receiver/running back Skyler Munson crossing the goal line. Pleasant Grove added another 2-point conversion, and the score at the end of the first quarter was 16-3, with Pleasant Grove on top.
Babb scored again in the second quarter on a 1-yard scamper up the middle, and the Vikings added a third 2-point conversion to the game, ending the half over the Pioneers, 24-3.
Anderson connect with Munson on two scoring passes in the third quarter. The first one went for 68 yards plus a fourth 2-point conversion, and the second pass was an 82-yard touchdown. This time senior kicker Trevor Ward was used to score the PAT. At the end of the third quarter, Pleasant Grove lead 39-3, and most of the starters were pulled from the game.
"We have a lot of great weapons to use. It's great to have Skyler on the team. He is really good," Anderson said. "But we have several receivers and running backs to choose from that are just as good."
As the fourth quarter started, the announcer gave notice that if a team is leading by more that 35 points at the start of the fourth quarter, the clock would not be stopped. It started with 12:00 minutes and counting. But Lehi, using their 6-foot-4, 250 lb. junior running back Derek Hastings, started moving the ball and with 6:57 remaining. Hastings crossed the goal line and gave the Pioneers another six points with junior Derek Beeston adding a 2-point conversion, which then gave them nine points and stopped the clock from running continuously.
Pleasant Grove scored once more on a 22-yard pass from junior quarterback Micah Jones to sophomore running back Tyler Schade. Ward added the PAT.
Coach Hamilton was happy to have Babb back on the field.
"We are really going to need him for our next game," he said. "He is healthy and ready to go. That is a big help for us. I think we are getting better each game."
Lehi falls to 0-1 in region and 2-4 overall for the season. Lehi hosts American Fork next Friday. Pleasant Grove has a 1-0 record in region and 4-2 overall. Pleasant Grove will travel to Riverton next Friday.
Kent Allen lives in Pleasant Grove and reports on Pleasant Grove High School varsity sports for Deseret Connect.
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