LAST WEEK: The Hawks blazed past Sunnyvale, 49-28, in a Region II-4A, Division II semifinal game at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
THIS WEEK: Pleasant Grove (12-1) takes on rival Gilmer (10-3) in a Region II-4A, Division II championship/ state quarterfinal at 7 p.m., Friday at Lobo Stadium on the campus of Longview High School.
OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: QB Ben Harmon hit on 7 of 12 passes for 134 yards and a pair of scores. Harmon also ran in touchdown. RB Bruce Garrett led the Hawks in rushing with 101 yards on 14 totes, while KJ Hicks had 58 yards on nine tries and two TDs. Sergio Rodriguez had a 30-yard touchdown catch and Marcus Burris grabbed an 18-yard pass for a score.
DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: Quinn Bingham made an interception and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown. Landon Jackson scooped up a fumble and returned it 63 yards for a TD. Jackson also had six tackles and five quarterback pressures. Nick Martin led PG in tackles with 12 and Burris had 10 stops. Shayne Nelson racked up seven tackles.
COACH JOSH GIBSON'S COMMENTS: "We had a chance to go in (halftime) up 35-7. That's a big margin and statement for a Wing-T offense, with our defense helping us out. We went in 28-7, and we just needed to come out and finish. Our kids did a good job of competing on both sides.
"We had a couple of times when calls didn't go our way. If some of those go our way, the score would've been different and our defense would've got off the field more, giving them a break. That didn't happen, and the kids still played through it. I'm proud of them."