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Football Playoff Follow-up: Pleasant Grove

by Brian Tyl | November 15, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

LAST WEEK: The Hawks rolled past Canton, 49-21, at Hawk Stadium in a District 8-4A, Division II bi-district playoff game.

THIS WEEK: Pleasant Grove (6-5) takes on Glen Rose (10-1) in a Class 4A area playoff football game at 2 p.m. on Saturday at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: Jaylen Boardley rushed nine times for 145 yards and a touchdown, while teammate Ahkhari Johnson rushed for 85 yards on 10 tries and a pair of scores. Kaden McFadden returned a kickoff for a touchdown. RJ Collins and Collin Manning each had a rushing TD.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: McFadden had 12 tackles, 2 for a loss, and a fumble recovery return for a touchdown. Reese Elrod had 11 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, a QB pressure, a sack, a pass breakup and caused a fumble. BJ Rayfield had 9 tackles, including 3 for a loss. Keilin Benton made an interception.

COACH JOSH GIBSON COMMENTS: "Many different players stepped up and I am really proud of our kids. I am fired up for the seniors and the rest of the kids. A lot of the guys played awesome and there was a lot of full-tilt effort in the second half.

"We found out late that Ahkhari (Johnson) was cleared to play. All of us celebrated at my house. He was inactive for 10 weeks and had not even practiced. He is a special talent and I am excited for him. He has gone through a lot therapy and it's pretty cool to see him have some success.

"We are growing and getting better. We are excited for round two on Saturday at The Star."


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