Pleasant Grove (8-4) vs. Lone Peak (8-3)

6A state tournament semifinal

Thursday, 2:30 p.m. (At Rice-Eccles Stadium)

Parry’s Power Guide: Lone Peak by 6

All-time series: Lone Peak leads 17-5

Coach vs. coach: Lone Peak’s Bart Brockbank leads Pleasant Grove’s Mark Wootton, 2-0

Last meeting: Oct. 12, 2018 — Lone Peak 28, Pleasant Grove 16

Quarterback play often makes a world of difference in any football team’s success and certainly did with Pleasant Grove this season. The Vikings have proven one of 6A’s best teams, evidenced by being one of the last four teams standing, although the team struggled when not having quarterback Jake Jensen in the lineup.

The low point for the Vikings this year came when Jensen got hurt in a blowout loss to American Fork and then the following week when losing to Lone Peak 28-16, which Jensen sat out.

“He’s just a real calming influence for us out there,” said Pleasant Grove coach Mark Wootton. “He’s had to battle through a lot of things since starting for us at a young age, but he keeps battling back and getting better. I think he came back as best as he’s ever been after getting that shoulder injury earlier, and that’s a great thing to have at this point of the season.”

Playing at Rice-Eccles Stadium is also a great opportunity for the Vikings, with players expressing how big of a deal it was for them following their quarterfinal win over Fremont.

“It’s why you work so hard in the offseason and then before that,” Wootton said. “Our kids are locked in, though, believe me. Of course they’re happy, but our win over Fremont didn’t lead to any big celebration. Our kids remain focused on their goal, and we’re not just happy to be at Rice-Eccles Stadium to play just one game.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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