Josh Gibson said, “You win a state title and there’s a huge target on your back. People circle that week.”
For the first time in school history Pleasant Grove is that target after the Hawks 16-0 season and 4A Division-2 State Championship last year. P-G losing 16 starters off last years team but he returns a couple of key guys on both sides of the ball including quarterback Ben Harmon, running back Bruce Garrett and the big man on the D-Line in Sophomore Landon Jackson.
Josh Gibson said, “We’re replacing those guys with great kids. We still have great kids in the program that are going to work their tails off and compete each week. We’re excited about where our program is at.”
Anytime a program like PG starts winning you can feel the momentum and you can definitely feel it with the Hawks after the last two seasons.
Josh Gibson said, “When you play for a state championship you get six extra weeks and so our younger kids had six extra weeks of practice. They were out there at that time even if they were backups or scout team guys, they got better. They had six weeks to get better. That’s invaluable.”
After winning a state championship expectations certainly are growing at Pleasant Grove.
Josh Gibson said, “The standard is really high. We want to be as good as we can possibly be.”
And what better way to to prep the kids for another post season run than a tough schedule. The Hawks play 7-teams this season against teams currently ranked in the state.