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Boys: Judge Crushes Pleasant Grove To Advance

The Judge Bulldogs beat the Pleasant Grove Vikings by a score of 15-6 on Wednesday to advance to the second round of the playoffs.  Judge came in as the No. 2 seed with an impressive 12-1 record while Pleasant Grove came in at 6-7.
The Bulldogs came out hot to start the game, scoring the first four goals of the opening period.  Middie Zach Knettles and Attackmen Patrick Griffin were imposing their will on the Vikings defense.  Knettles had 1 goal and 1 assist in the first with Griffin scoring 2.  Pleasant Grove showed some fight, scoring 2 goals to end the first quarter at 4-2.
Midfielder Spencer Merrifield kept it going for the vikings to start the 2nd quarter, scoring only twenty-one seconds in.  The Vikings looked beat up to start the game but had gotten back into it with the momentum swing, trailing by only one.  Judge had seen enough though, and called a timeout to settle things down.  The Bulldogs responded big time, scoring the next 9 goals of the game, cruising to a 13-3 4th quarter lead.
Pleasant Grove scored a few more for the sake of pride but didn’t have much of a chance in this one.  The game ended at 15-6 Judge, but the Pleasant Grove fans were the ones to be heard.  The Vikings fans were heard chanting “PG, PG, PG…” supporting their club after a hard fought loss.  That is what the playoffs are all about people!
Pleasant Grove had a balanced offensive game on the stat sheet but couldn’t produce enough to catch Judge.  The Vikings have two talented young middies that will be tearing it up for years to come; Sophomores Chad Madsen and Spencer Merrifield each had 2 goals.  Senior Attackman Kelley Judson had 2 assists on the day, with fellow Senior Attackman Mckay Madsen recording 1 goal and 1 assist. The Vikings got a tough match-up in this years playoffs, but will have their chances in the future.
Judge flexed their offensive power in this game, with Senior Attackman Pat Griffin leading the way at 5 goals and 1 assist.  Junior Attackman Wilson Lamb had 1 goal and 3 assists throughout, finding Senior Middie Zach Knettles twice.  Knettles had 3 goals and 1 assist to finish the game, and should be a big factor in their next game against Copper Hills.
Judge faced Copper Hills earlier in the season, defeating the Grizzlies 7-6 in a wild, weather torn game. When asked about taking on Copper Hills once more in the playoffs, Judge Head Coach Dave Allen said, “They are definitely going to have a lot of incentive after we beat them in a close one in the pouring rain.  Plus we have to go to their house this time, so we better be ready.”
The Bulldogs and The Grizzlies will face off this Saturday, May 14, 6:00 PM at Copper Hills High School In West Jordan.

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