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High school football: Pleasant Grove roughs up Copper Hills

WEST JORDAN — Pleasant Grove put together another solid victory Friday night — spoiling Copper Hills' homecoming party by shutting them out 31-0 and giving the Grizzlies their first loss of the season.

The Vikings (3-1) scored early and often as the offense was extremely efficient and their defense smothered any hopes of a Copper Hills touchdown.

"In the preseason we have been hitting the on-off switch, but tonight we had it all clicking," Pleasant Grove coach Dale Sampson said ... "It was great and we want to build on that as we move through region."

Pleasant Grove got on the board early after forcing a turnover on the Grizzlies' first drive. In their first offensive play quarterback Dallas Lloyd connected with running back LeSean Wilcox who was streaking up the right hash mark for a 39-yard touchdown.

On their next drive the Vikings forced Copper Hills to punt and the offense moved to ball to within field goal range where kicker Josue Meza nailed a 35-yard field goal to take the 10-0 lead.

With four minutes remaining in the first quarter the Vikings got the ball on their own one-yard line after forcing another Copper Hills turnover. The Vikings proceeded to take six minutes off the clock on a 99-yard drive that was capped by a Jordan Hymas nine-yard touchdown run.

"We have been waiting for our offensive line to come together and prove to that we can move the ball on anybody," Sampson said. "Anytime you put a 99-yard drive together and take time of the clock, you rest your defense and give your offense confidence. I am always going to remember that drive."

The Grizzlies responded by driving down to the Pleasant Grove 23-yard line, but as they did the entire game, the Vikings refused to break and once again allowed no points after forcing a turnover on downs.

"We new (Copper Hills) would make their plays," Sampson said. "They have had one of the top offenses in the state so we just prepared all week for multiple attacks. I think the pressure up front was the difference. We got after them upfront and then the turnovers didn't hurt either."

Just before the end of the half Pleasant Grove struck again when running back Joey Owens broke several tackles and showed his break-away speed on a 73-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 24-0. Then on the first drive of the second half the Vikings offense went 75 yards on 8 plays and Wilcox scored his second touchdown of the night.

Along with his two scores, Wilcox finished with five carries for 41 yards — including two fake punts to pick up first downs on scoring drives. Owens had six carries for 90 yards and the one touchdown. After the game Sampson couldn't have been prouder of his one-two punch in the backfield.

"They are a joy to work with and coach," he said. "Believe it or not they are the most humble kids around."