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Pleasant Grove 27, Parker 12: Spartans rely on running of Brandon Simmons

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Brandon Simmons ran for 155 yards as Class 5A No. 3 Pleasant Grove (3-0, 2-0) defeated Parker 27-12 in Region 5 action Friday night.

Simmons carried 24 times, scoring on runs of 13 and 20 yards in a game delayed for more than an hour because of lightning and another 40 minutes because of a neck injury to Pleasant Grove’s Rodney Hill. Hill had feeling in his extremities and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Parker (1-2, 0-2) struggled all night, falling behind 20-6 at the half and 27-6 before adding a late touchdown.

Play of the Game: With Pleasant Grove holding a slim 13-6 lead early in the second quarter, the Spartans’Lequinton King stepped in front of a Javonte Hurst pass for a key interception. Pleasant Grove quickly scored.

By The Numbers: 62, Parker quarterback Javonte Hurst had a 62-yard touchdown run called back on a holding call. … 4, Pleasant Grove opened the season with three straight home games, but now must travel for the next four weeks. … 190, number of yards in total offense for Parker.

Game ball: Simmons was the workhorse for the Spartans, carrying 12 times for 71 yards in the first half and 12 times for 84 yards in the second half.

Coachspeak: “It was hard to get any rhythm going with all the distractions and delays. But we ended up with at two-touchdown win in a region game and we’ll take that any time.” — Pleasant Grove coach Jim Elgin.

They Said It …: “Coach changed the coverage and the ball just came right to me. I was kind of surprised and shocked. I tried to run it back, but somebody ran me down.” — King

“Coach told me he was going to put the game on my shoulders. I told him just give me the ball. I was ready to lead my team.” — Simmons

“We’re a real young team and it showed tonight. We’re young at quarterback and in a couple of other key spots. We have some work to do, both offensively and defensively.” — Parker coach Andre Robinson

Next week:  Pleasant Grove will travel to Carver-Birmingham on Thursday, while Parker plays host to Fairfield on Friday.

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