It took senior quarterback Christian Miller one play to find and connect with junior wide receiver Malik Overstreet for a 64-yard scoring strike in Pleasant Grove's first possession of its game with Riverton High School. Junior kicker Matt Smyth hit the PAT and the Vikings were on the board 7-0 at the 9:28 mark in the first quarter.
In the next 6½ minutes, Riverton ran 18 plays broken up only by one Viking pass that was intercepted by Riverton and a Riverton fourth-down punt that Pleasant Grove fumbled away back to the Silverwolves. The 18th play was a 31-yard field goal by junior kicker Gavin Slack, which put Riverton on the board with a score of 7-3.
Miller quickly moved his team down field, and on the fourth play, Miller found junior receiver Matt Wilde for a 28-yard touchdown strike and a Smyth PAT to make it a 14-3 game with 1:34 remaining in the opening quarter.
The second quarter was all defense and was highlighted by a goal-line stand by the Viking defense as it held the Silverwolves out of the end zone on four separate pushes by the Riverton offense that began at the Viking 4-yard line.
The third quarter started out with Pleasant Grove holding the ball as Miller found another junior wide receiver, Coleman Edwards, for a 62-yard pass play that ended on the 3-yard line of the Silverwolves. On third and goal, Miller's pass was intercepted by Riverton. It not only gave the ball back to the Silverwolves, it also changed the momentum of the game to the home team.
On a mishandled Viking punt, which gave the ball to Riverton deep in Viking territory, and in an eight-play possession, senior running back Cameron Christensen pushed the ball across the goal line, with Slack hitting the PAT, making it a 14-10 game. With 2:47 remaining in the third quarter, the Vikings were still in control of the game.
The Vikings got the ball back but went three and out, punting the ball back to Riverton. The quarter expired with Riverton threatening to score again.
As the fourth quarter started, senior running back Paden Cayias took the ball and ran 16 yards around the end and into the end zone for a quick six points. Slack lined up to attempt the PAT but kicked the ball into his defensive line, missing the extra point. No matter. At that point, Riverton was on top 16-14 and held the Vikings to win the game.
Viking head coach Les Hamilton was disappointed at the outcome of the game. "Our defense did a great job of handling their assignments and stopping Riverton, but right now, I just want to get our team on the bus and go home."
The weather had an effect on the game, which was delayed for an hour to begin with because of a lightning warning and again, a second time, just as the teams were coming out to take the field for the second half.
Riverton now has a 2-1 record in region and a 5-1 overall record. Pleasant Grove has a 1-1 region record and a 4-2 overall record.
Riverton will play on the road for its next game and will play at Lehi on Oct. 3. Pleasant Grove will play at home on Oct. 3 against Lone Peak.
Kent Allen lives in Pleasant Grove and reports on Pleasant Grove High School varsity sports for Deseret Connect.