PLEASANT GROVE Pleasant Grove (0-0, 4-1) was licking its chops with winless Brighton (0-0, 0-4) coming to town and deservedly so as the Vikings pounded the ball to a convincing 24-6 win in their final non-region tune-up Friday night.
"Our defense has been playing well all year," said Pleasant Grove coach Dale Sampson. "Those guys are doing a heck of a job for us. That's how we're winning is defense."
Behind quarterback Dallas Lloyd and running back LeSean Wilcox the Vikings' offense milled its way down field controlling possession throughout the first half. After driving down to the Bengals' 6-yard line early in the second quarter Lloyd found Dalton Brady in the corner of the end zone for the first strike of the game. However, on the ensuing kickoff Brighton's Aisea Fakahua followed the wedge and found himself shedding tacklers for an 88-yard return down to the Pleasant Grove 11 setting up a Bengal touchdown drive.
Several plays later Brighton Quarterback Jace Felix spotted wide receiver Nate Finch near the pylon connecting on a 7-yard touchdown reception, but with the blocked point after Pleasant Grove held onto a 7-6 lead.
The Vikings weren't quite done as they orchestrated another time-consuming drive on the legs of Lloyd and Wilcox, which was capped by a 1-yard touchdown push by Wilcox stretching the Vikings' lead to 14-6 going into the half.
After driving down into Bengal territory on the opening drive of the second half the Vikings turned the ball over, only to get it right back on the next play when Felix fumbled the snap setting the Vikings up with a short field.
On what was a fateful turn of events for the Bengal's Viking power back Sean Stevenson took a misdirection handoff 17 yards for the score and a 21-6 lead. Late in the third quarter Pleasant Grove kicker Josue Meza tacked on a 27-yard field goal as the Vikings dominated the game on both sides of the ball in the win.
The Viking triple threat rushing attack of Wilcox, Stevenson and Lloyd rushed for 234 yards, chewing up yardage and the clock, while the Viking defense allowed just 65 yards of total offense. The defensive line harassed Felix all night long as the running game for the Bengal's failed to show up.
"We've got a multiple attack," Sampson said. "Overall I think we're about where we want to be going into our region run."