SALT LAKE CITY — Jake Jensen threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns, and Carson Ecalono hit two field goals that proved to be the difference, as Pleasant Grove held off Region 3 champion East 27-21 in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs Friday night.
The Leopards opened the scoring with Charlie Vincent’s 68-yard run with 7:55 left in the first quarter.
But Pleasant Grove, the fourth seed from Region 4, answered quickly with Jensen — first in a 10-yard TD pass to Dayne Christiansen and then a 68-yard strike to Jackson Hill that gave the Vikings a 14-6 lead with 4:29 left in the second quarter.
Pleasant Grove took a 14-13 edge into halftime, but Jensen hit Easton Fowler for a 55-yard touchdown with 8:27 left in the third to take a 21-13 lead. And even as Tutu Spann’s 1-yard TD dive in the third cut the deficit, Ecalono nailed a pair of fourth-quarter field goals — including one from 42 yards — to deliver the stunning upset.
Pleasant Grove will play at Fremont, which beat Cyprus 35-7, in next week’s 6A quarterfinals.
It was a banner night for Region 4, which went 4-for-4 in the first round. Click the video above for more highlights and reaction from the first round of the postseason.
American Fork 52, Riverton 35 — At Riverton, BYU commit Chase Roberts caught four touchdown passes and added another on an 87-yard kick return to help the Cavemen pull away from the Silverwolves.
Boone Abbott threw for five touchdowns for American Fork, which pulled away from a 17-7 halftime advantage with 28 points in the third quarter.
Bingham 20, Herriman 10 — At Bingham, Andrew Wimmer ran for a pair of touchdowns to help the Miners down Herriman in the 6A first round.
Jaxon James hit Fisher Jackson for a 9-yard touchdown to open the scoring for Herriman, but the Mustangs were held to just three points the rest of the way by Bingham, which will host Kearns next week after the Cougars got a 29-yard field goal as time expired to hold off Northridge, 40-37.
Lone Peak 57, West Jordan 28 — At Lone Peak, Braden Siri threw for three touchdowns, and fullback Mason Wake scored three times himself as the Knights overwhelmed the Jaguars.
Siri hit Trajan Hansen with a 16-yard TD strike to help Lone Peak to a 44-7 halftime lead, and the Knights cruised to the finish.
Lone Peak will host Davis in next Friday’s second round. The Darts pulled away from Hunter 27-14 behind a pair of touchdown passes from Garrett Larson to Trey Baggett.
Class 5A first round
Springville 17, Box Elder 13 — At Box Elder, Payton Murphy threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Red Devils held on against the host Bees.
Parker Buchanan opened the scoring with a 45-yard strike to Nate Wheatley for Box Elder, but Springville responded with a 17-3 run fueled by four interceptions to take control on the road.
Springville will play at Region 6 champion Olympus, which rolled by Alta 27-6 in Friday’s first round.
Timpview 35, Highland 10 — At Highland, Nui Adolpho threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the Thunderbirds jumped out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
Sione Moa added two touchdowns for Timpview, including a 6-yard scoring plunge that gave the Thunderbirds a 28-3 advantage in the third quarter.
Timpview will play the winner of Roy and Maple Mountain in the quarterfinals. The Royals and Golden Eagles will play at 4 p.m. Saturday after Maple Mountain advanced in a play-in game on Tuesday.
Jordan 56, Lehi 28 — At Jordan, Jake Shaver scored six touchdowns to help the Beetdiggers cruise by the Pioneers.
Ethan Bolingbroke added a pair of first-half touchdowns for Jordan, which jumped out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
Jordan advances to face Skyridge, which swarmed first-year Farmington, 56-7 behind four touchdown passes from Jayden Clemons.
Viewmont 17, Provo 14 — At Provo, Gabe Johnson nailed a 28-yard field goal with three seconds left to lift the Vikings by the host Bulldogs.
Luke Haslem threw a pair of touchdown passes to lead Provo to a 14-0 halftime lead. But Viewmont responded, getting a pair of short TD runs from Robert Summerhays and Dutcher Lines in the second half to set up Johnson’s game-winner.
The Vikings will face the winner of Corner Canyon and Murray, a game that will be played Saturday at noon after Murray advanced out of a three-team play-in game Tuesday.