SALT LAKE CITY — Among the many standouts in Lone Peak’s 29-0 6A semifinal win over Pleasant Grove — played Thursday afternoon at Rice-Eccles Stadium — including Kobe Freeman, Nate Ritchie, Brock McChesney and Cade Baker, none stood out more than defensive end Michael Daley.

That was for good reason.

“Michael is unbelievable. That is why he is going to BYU,” Lone Peak head coach Bart Brockbank said. “He just makes plays. It isn’t coaching, it is just straight him.”

Daley’s instincts and playmaking ability have been on display all season long — heading into Thursday’s game, Daley had registered 56 tackles and a team-high 18 sacks — and they were on display early and often during the Knight’s runaway victory.

“Michael is unbelievable. That is why he is going to BYU.”

Lone Peak coach Bart Brockbank

The senior recorded nine tackles against the Vikings, including three and a half tackles for a loss, as well as two and a half sacks.

Those stats don’t tell the complete story, either. Daley’s near constant pressure on Pleasant Grove quarterback Jake Jensen helped lead to a 17 for 39 passing performance by the Viking’s signal caller.

He wasn’t alone, either.

Maxx Oborn, Tiki Mili, Connor Finlayson, Josh Wood, the list of Lone Peak defensive lineman who impacted the game is long.

Oborn finished with three tackles, Mili as well. Finlayson added two tackles, including one and a half tackles for a loss, while Wood had one.

Together, the group controlled the line of scrimmage and with it Pleasant Grove’s two stars, Jensen and running back Dayne Christiansen.

“We had a great game plan coming into this week, a plan to shut them down,” Daley said. “The talk coming into this week was that they had Jake (Jensen) back, they’d have their starter back and be able to roll down on us — Jensen missed …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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