SULPHUR SPRINGS — The Pleasant Grove Hawks advanced to the state quarterfinals for just the second time in school history with a revenge victory against the Celina Bobcats, 33-14, in a Class 4A Division II Region II semifinal at Gerald Prim Stadium on Friday night.
Pleasant Grove (13-0), which lost to the Celina (9-4) in the same round last season 23-19, will play Melissa in the region final at 7 p.m. on Friday at Paris.
Chauncey Martin had 129 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries to lead the Hawks.
Pleasant Grove marched down the field on its first drive. With a couple of 15-yard runs by Bruce Garrett setting up the possession, quarterback Ben Harmon capped the series with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Carson Cox less than three minutes into the game.
The Hawks added two more points off a blocked punt in the end zone moments later.
Celina would answer back in the second quarter with a six-yard Noah Ross QB keeper for a touchdown after the bobcats recovered a fumble.
Pleasant Grove didn’t allow much after that, holding Celina to just 107 yards. Logan Point had 14 carries for 58 yards but the Bobcats had just 26 carries for 63 yards and Ross was 6-of-17 passing for 44 yards.
The Hawks extended their lead to 16-7 at half-time on 67-yard touchdown run by Martin.
In the opening minutes of the third, Martin widened the gap with a 36-yard touchdown run. A 22-yard field goal by Dillon Williams gave Pleasant Grove a 26-7 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The first drive for Pleasant Grove in the fourth proved to be the final nail in the coffin. Martin scored on a three-yard run with 7:34 remaining.
The Bobcats’ final score came when Ross passed to Jimmy Allan for 20 yards with just over four minutes left.