Pleasant Grove vs. American Fork

American Fork Cavemen @ Pleasant Grove Vikings

Friday, October 6, 2017 7:00 PM

Through the first 54 games of this 82-game series, American Fork dominated Pleasant Grove, winning 36 times and settling for a couple of ties. But, the winds of change began blowing a few years back and this rivalry has become a stalemate since.

Pleasant Grove, winners of 15 of the last 28 clashes, has pulled within 31-49-2 of their Class 6A Region 4 foe in what is one of the longest standing gridiron quarrels in Utah. The American Fork-Pleasant Grove Fracas began in 1931.

Unlike many of the football free-for-alls in the 2017 MaxPreps Rivalry Series, American Fork and Pleasant Grove don’t play for a rivalry trophy. Nor could Pleasant Grove Assistant Principal Matt Norman come up with a tradition or two associated with the game. This black and blue, I want to destroy you tussle is played for pride and in many cases a spot in the UHSAA’s state football playoffs. That’s all of the motivation these two Beehive State powerhouses need.

American Fork’s 30-10 win in 2014 is the only contest in the past seven to be decided by more than a touchdown. The average score during that time is 26-20. Although they have only won twice in the last seven contests, American Fork has outscored the Vikings 161-157.

The Cavemen and Vikings used to despise each other, however, this Clash of Titans has transitioned into a rivalry of respect. Still, both of these programs relish the idea of knocking the tar out of each other.

Having lost the last two contests to Pleasant Grove, the Cavemen are itching to bury the Vikings one more time. Pleasant Grove, on the other hand, wants to overwhelm American Fork and inch even closer to evening the wins and losses in this gridiron fight.

A legion of Salt Lake City area football fans are expected to deluge Pleasant Grove Stadium on Friday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. So come early, grab a great seat and take in another Caveman-Viking skirmish, a football brawl for the ages.

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American Fork

American Fork Cavemen

American Fork, UT

American Fork High School, home of the Cavemen, is located four miles northwest of rival Pleasant Grove. After opening its doors in 1902, American Fork has grown to an enrollment of about 2,000 football crazy students in 2017.

The Cavemen, who will compete in Class 6A this fall, pretty much controlled this rivalry in the early going – taking 36 of the first 54 contests. After claiming four wins in five tries from 2003-07, American Fork held a 47-24-2 advantage.

Boasting a 473-315-21 overall record over the last 91 years, American Fork has never been shy about competing in the playoffs. Aaron Behm (42-38 at American Fork) will attempt to guide the Cavemen to their 18th region championship in 2017. If successful, it’d be American Fork’s first such title since 2014.

Having made 38 playoff appearances already, American Fork looks to extend its current streak to three straight. The Cavemen are 26-36 in the postseason after falling to Lone Peak 66-19 in the 5A semifinals a year ago. American Fork won state football titles in 1961 and 1962 and finished as runner-up three times, including 2014 when it lost 20-3 to South Jordan Bingham.

According to the Desert Sun, the Cavemen still own the record for the fewest yards allowed in a championship game. American Fork held Grand County to minus-2 total yards in the 1962 Class B championship win.

As the 2017 edition of American Fork-Pleasant Grove quickly approaches, Behm and company are focusing in on ambushing the Vikings one more time and adding to a legacy that includes nearly 40 postseason runs.

For more information on the American Fork football team, click here.

Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove Vikings

Pleasant Grove, UT

Pleasant Grove High School, home of the Vikings, is located about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City on I-35. The Vikings opened their doors in 1912 and with nearly 2,000 students in attendance, they will compete in Class 6A this fall.

While early success was limited for the Vikings, Pleasant Grove has recently chipped away at its deficit in wins and losses to American Fork. The Vikings have come up winners in seven of the last 10 football games between the two adversaries and claimed four of the last five outcomes. Pleasant Grove holds a 216-202 advantage on the scoreboard over American Fork since 2007.

Long before Mark Wootton took over the Viking football program last fall, Pleasant Grove was plenty successful on the gridiron. The Vikings are 384-376-11 since 1908. Wootton guided the Vikings to the UHSAA state football playoffs in his first season, before falling to Plain City Fremont 27-7 in first round action.

Pleasant Grove has now competed in 31 state football playoffs since 1970. The Vikings are 28-30 in the postseason over the last 47 seasons and won state championships in 1955, 1956 and 1993. Pleasant Grove last played in the Class 5A state semifinals in 2006 before bowing out to Bingham. The Vikings won 24 games in a row back in 1954-57 to claim the seventh longest win streak in state history.

As another Viking-Caveman Clash approaches, Wootton and company intend on keeping two other streaks alive. With a third straight throttling of American Fork, Pleasant Grove would take a big step toward securing a third straight postseason run.

For more information on the Pleasant Grove football team, click here.