High school football: Lone Peak spoils Pleasant Grove's Homecoming with 41-15 rout
By Drew Daniels
For the Deseret News
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Dakota Hansen, Lone Peak
Dakota Hansen, Lone Peak
PLEASANT GROVE — Lone Peak was looking to make a statement and gain back some momentum after dropping a big game last week to Bingham. The Knights did it in a big way against Region 4 rival Pleasant Grove during the Vikings’ Homecoming week.
Dakota Hansen led the way offensively by throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more to lead the Knights to a 41-15 win over the Vikings Friday night.
“The kids came out and got after it,” said Lone Peak Coach Mike Mower. “They were aggressive and hit hard. There are still some things we need to clean up. They had some big plays against us. We have to be more consistent.”
Lone Peak set the tone early by forcing a fumble on the Vikings’ first play from scrimmage. Dallen Wake recovered the fumble on the Vikings’ 13. Despite the great field position, Pleasant Grove kept the Knights out of the end zone, but gave up a 24-yard field goal to Lone Peak’s Thomas Rossi to take a 3-0 lead.
Pleasant Grove responded by grinding out a 15-play drive that took over six minutes. Jake Jensen capped the drive when he found Dane Christiansen for a 20-yard touchdown, which put the Vikings in front 3-7 with 1:54 left in the first quarter.
“That quarterback (Jensen) is a darn good quarterback,” said Mower. “I believe he’s just a sophomore. That’s a good Pleasant Grove team. I thought luck was kind of on our side more than it was their side.”
The Knights responded on their next possession when Hansen threw to Tyler MacPherson in the end zone with 10:51 left in the second quarter to put Lone Peak back on top 10-7. The score began a string of 38 unanswered points by Lone Peak.
The Knights’ next touchdown came after Thomas Bateman blocked a Pleasant Grove punt.Jimmy McKeon recovered the ball and returned it to the Vikings’ 5. Four plays later Hansen ran it in from one yard out, which pushed the lead to 17-7.
Lone Peak scored one more time in the half after Bateman intercepted a Jensen pass at midfield with only a minute remaining in the half. Hansen led the Knights downfield and then found MacPherson again from nine yards out with only seven seconds on the clock to give Lone Peak a 24-7 halftime lead.
Hansen ran for another score from three yards out in the third quarter and Jaxon Harward intercepted a Jensen pass, returning it for a touchdown before Rossi hit his second and final field goal of the game from 34 yards out to push the lead to 41-7.
“Offensively we had some good plays,” said Mower. “We’ve just got to be more consistent. I felt good about a lot of things, but our running game is something we’ve got to work on.”
Pleasant Grove did score a late touchdown when Jensen methodically led the Vikings 80 yards downfield, which led to a three-yard touchdown run by Tai Kauwe. On the extra point,Easton Casper took advantage of a high snap and found Christian Newman in the end zone for a two-point conversion.
The win improves Lone Peak’s record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in region play while Pleasant Grove falls to 1-3 and 0-1 in the region.
This was Dakota in 5th grade, with his Dad, Brian.
Brian & I were classmates in junior high and
high school. Brian's sister, Cindy, lived across the
street from the shop. Her granddaughter is Whitni
Carson from "Dancing With the Stars!" I'm friends
with several of Brian's siblings.
My mom taught Dakota's mom in 1st grade, and I
taught Dakota in 5th! AMAZING!!! I also taught
several of his cousins!
Not surprised he's the QB at LPHS! Brian is an
assistant coach at Lone Peak. Head coach is
Mike Mower, another classmate! I had many
classes in junior high and high school with Mike.
I always sat in front of him . . . alphabetical order.
Mitchell---Mower. Then, Calvin Monson moved in
and broke us up!