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Burgess, Parduhn pace Knights' win

HIGHLAND — Billy Burgess carried the Lone Peak Knights to a big Region 7 football victory over Pleasant Grove, 27-14.

The Lone Peak quarterback rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another before handing off to kicker Zach Parduhn for the remainder of the Knights' scores.

On Lone Peak's first possession, the Knights drove steadily downfield, recording four first downs on the scoring drive. It ended with Burgess' 8-yard pass to Douglas Mulliner for the six point score, and Parduhn completed his first of three extra points.

Pleasant Grove couldn't get anything going in the first half, finishing with 43 yards — 39 of them rushing — and only two first downs. The Lone Peak defense completely shut down the run, and the Vikings only attempted one pass, which was complete for four yards to Teddy Owens.

The Knights' second possession ended with the Viking coaches and players watching Parduhn kick a 40-yard field goal and commenting on his great leg. But Parduhn wasn't finished. After Burgess ran the ball in from 13 yards out for the Knights' second touchdown and the 16-0 score, Parduhn was at it again with the extra point and a second field goal, this one from 38 yards just as time ran out on the first half, giving Lone Peak the ominous 20-0 lead.

After the Vikings started the third quarter in much the same way they played the first half, the Knights ran a second-and-eight play from the Pleasant Grove 26-yard line. Burgess only gained three yards on the play, but Ryan Walker, a junior cornerback for the Vikings, was injured on the play.

After Walker was taken off in an ambulance, the Pleasant Grove players all seemed to boost their intensity, holding the Knights to a 43-yard field goal attempt — which Parduhn missed just left — and then taking the ball steadily downfield on their next possession.

The 80-yard scoring drive was led by quarterback Justin Herrera and Owens in a nice mix of passing plays and rushing plays, the biggest of which was a third-and-eight completion from Herrera to Kyle Beecher that landed the Vikings on the Lone Peak 17. Herrera then connected with Jake Hoyt for the 8-yard touchdown and the Vikings' first score. Joey Webb added the extra point to make it 20-7.

The two teams played it even in the fourth quarter, but after letting the game get away from them in the first half, it just wasn't enough for Pleasant Grove.

Burgess finished the Lone Peak scoring with another 1-yard touchdown run just one possession before the Vikings came back in a pass-laden drive. Herrera hooked up with Hoyt for a 25-yard completion and then with Beecher for a 40-yard play, with the latter combination later worked for a 7-yard TD pass for the final score of the game.