SALT LAKE CITY — The start to Thursday’s 6A semifinal couldn’t have been much worse for Lone Peak.
It lost leading rusher Masen Wake to an injury on the third offensive play of the game, and then later in the quarter the bad luck was compounded when QB Braden Siri injured his throwing shoulder.
Wake’s absence and Siri’s limitations contributed to a disappointing offensive performance from the Knights at Rice-Eccles Stadium as they racked up just 149 total yards against rival Pleasant Grove.
Incredibly, what little offense Lone Peak generated was more than enough.
“We rely heavily on our special teams and our defense to put us in great spots so our offense can go in and create momentum with scores.”
Lone Peak coach Bart Brockbank
Lone Peak’s defense and special teams were phenomenal as they slowed Pleasant Grove all game and in the process set the offense up with terrific field positions as the Knights rolled to the 29-0 win over region foe Pleasant Grove.
“We rely heavily on our special teams and our defense to put us in great spots so our offense can go in and create momentum with scores,” said Lone Peak coach Bart Brockbank.
Lone Peak’s defense recorded five sacks, 12 tackles for loss and three interceptions in recording its second shutout of the season, while the special teams blocked a punt and had a huge kickoff return on another sequence to create great field position.
The starting field position on Lone Peak’s first three touchdowns was the Pleasant Grove 17-yard line as it built a 20-0 lead late in the third quarter.
With the win, Lone Peak advances to next Friday’s championship game against another rival, American Fork, at 2:30 p.m.
“I expect a dogfight, they’re obviously a great team, they have a high-powered offense, good defense. I think we’re just ready for a bloodbath,” …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News