The rain started to fall just as the Vikings kicked off to the Timberwolves. Coach Les Hamilton and his coaching staff's game plan executed exactly as planned, completely shutting down and shut out the top team in Region 7. As soon as the wind blew the storm away, it also took wind out of Timpanogos's sails and the Vikings sailed away to an easy 42-0 victory.
Coming into the game, Jackson Dunford, the Timberwolves senior quarterback had amassed an impressive 39 of 61 passes for 589 yards and 8 touchdowns in two games. He led Timpanogos to a 2-0 record which was enough to put the Timberwolves in the front spot in Region 7. Pleasant Grove's defense was not going let that happen tonight.
"One of our goals tonight was to put major pressure on the quarterback" Hamilton said. "Their qb was frustrated with having defenders in his face, kudos go to my defensive Coordinator, Ron Halbert.He has done a great job with these kids."
Timpanogos had 21 carries for a minus four yards rushing and 11 of 24 passes for 112 yards, for a total offensive gain of 112 yards.
On Pleasant Grove's first possession of the third quarter, the Vikings offense stalled and following a bad snap on the punt, Timpanogos took over on the two-yard line. The Timberwolves tried a run up the middle and were stopped at the one yard line. The next play, Dunford fumbled the ball and the Vikings recovered it on the three yard line.
Due to the score at the half, 35-0, the state's mercy rule came into effect which meant the clock would not stop unless called by the refs. The third period went by rather quickly and the Timberwolves had the ball only twice. A fumble and an intercepted pass in the end zone ended the third quarter. The Vikings punted the ball away once during that period.
The fourth quarter went just as fast, featuring a Pleasant Grove score on 4 yard pass from sophomore quarterback, Matthew Wilde to junior receiver Hayden Pettis. Timpanogos also put in a new quarterback, junior Tyler Sweeten. For the Vikings last two possessions freshman quarterback Isaac Hamilton, received a few reps.
For the game, Pleasant Grove had 36 carries for 182 rushing yards and 15 of 24 on passing attempts tallying 277 yards for a total of 459 offensive yards. TJ Wind, the Vikings senior running back, had 19 carries for 190 yards and two catches for 37 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Jeremiah Evans threw 11 of 19 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Senior receiver Spencer Romney had 3 catches for 109 yards and one touchdown.
Issac Hamilton had this to say about playing on Homecoming: "It has been a dream of mine to play for my dad. As I grew up and played in younger leagues, we were together, but this is High School, this is the place." He added, "The guys on the team all work together, it is amazing to know they have my back, like a band of brothers."
Next week the Vikings hit the road, traveling to Mapleton to play Maple Mountain and Timpanogos will face their first region foe, Skyline, at home.
Kent Allen lives in Pleasant Grove and follows Pleasant Grove High School varsity sports for Deseret Connect.
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