PLAIN CITY — For as long as he can remember, Pleasant Grove running back Dayne Christiansen has dreamed of playing football on the field at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Specifically, that dream had to do with the high school football state playoffs and the chance to play for a state semifinalist.

As a freshman in 2015, Christiansen had to watch as his Pleasant Grove team fell short of his dream, losing in the 5A quarterfinals to Sky View.

It was the same in 2016, only the loss came a round earlier to Fremont.

As a junior in 2017, he and his teammates came up just short again, this time in the 6A quarterfinals against Herriman.

Friday afternoon at Fremont High School, Christiansen, now a senior, had one final shot to make the state semifinals, as the Vikings took on the No. 2-seeded Silver Wolves out of Region 1.

Turns out the fourth time was the charm.

Led by Christiansen, who rushed for over a 100 yards and three touchdowns — he also racked up 59 receiving yards and a touchdown reception — Pleasant Grove defeated Fremont 38-14, earning a berth in the 6A semifinals.

“This has been my dream ever since I was little,” Christiansen said. “I played as a freshman and we didn’t get there, sophomore year didn’t get there, junior year didn’t get there. Senior year, I’m just proud we could make it. I’m pumped, I’m excited and we will be ready to go.”

Not only did the Vikings overcome their semifinal-less streak, but they also upended the Silver Wolves in Plain City, something they had struggled mightily to do in previous outings.

“We beat them up here and we hadn’t beaten them up here,” Pleasant Grove head coach Mark Wootton said. “They have taken it to us pretty good up here. Fremont is a dang good team, a very …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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