by Daniel Olsen | The Skyridge Falcons soared to an early lead in the first half and never led the hosting Vikings get close as they routed Pleasant Grove 35-7.
Skyridge now improves to 7-0 with their only daunting competition in Region 4 being the similarly undefeated Corner Canyon Chargers.
The game ball has to go to Sophomore Falcons QB, McCae Hillstead. He was responsible for three of his team’s five touchdowns for the night. Two of his touchdowns were passing and he got one in on the run as well.
The Hillstead and Palmer connection reigns supreme in the first half
Hillstead’s favorite target of the night was receiver James Palmer. Palmer had a much improved night from his pedestrian (for him) 34 reception yards against American Fork last week. He caught both a 65 and 5 yard touchdown pass from Hillstead, doubling last week’s production on touchdown catches alone.
Turnovers doomed the Vikings early as quarterback Sam Leavitt had a fumble and pick 6 in the first half. That alone spotted the Falcons 14 points. When you sandwich a huge passing touchdown in between that, it’s not a good hole to be in.
The Falcons seemed to show a little mercy when they missed the extra point to keep the score at 20-0. However, they made a blind side score when Jeter Fenton ran in a touchdown with a two-point conversion to follow. That took the score to 28-0.
At this point the momentum favored the Falcons. They finished the half with the second Hillstead-Palmer connection from five yards out.
Skyridge holds off the Pleasant Grove hosts in the second half
In the second half, the UHSAA mercy rule was merciful as the clock runs non-stop when a team goes up by 35 or more in the first half. Skyridge ran a lot of clock and would not score at all in the final 24 minutes.
Pleasant Grove avoided the shutout with a touchdown pass from backup QB Dave Britton to Porter Connors with just over 8 minutes to go. They even recovered a fumble shortly after that but couldn’t capitalize on the mistake. At that point it was too little too late.
While this was supposed to be a closer game, the nature of high school football is not forgiving when one team wins the turnover battle. Pleasant Grove now has their toughest region opponents out of the way. They won’t face Corner Canyon or Skyridge again unless it’s in the state playoffs.
Skyridge will take an even shorter road trip next week when they travel just 5.5 miles east to play the Lone Peak Knights. That game will be played on Friday, October 2, at 7 PM.
Pleasant Grove will look to snap their two game losing streak when they host another home game vs the Cavemen from the neighboring city of American Fork. That game will also take place on Friday, October 2, at 7 PM.
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