When Kearns' beefy line started packing against Pleasant Grove's run, it became clear the Vikings would have to throw. Luckily, the Vikings had just the guy for that situation.
Skyler Munson, a 5-foot-11 senior receiver, had a career night on Friday, tying a state record with five touchdown receptions in a 52-25 season-opening victory over Kearns.
"He did a great job of getting open," coach Les Hamilton said. "We pretty much had to throw, and Skyler was catching the ball well. Our quarterback, Mike Anderson, was on target. Everything came together."
Munson played a good deal at quarterback last year in the latter half of the season, but didn't find much success at the position. The Vikings' 52 points on Friday were actually more than Pleasant Grove scored in the last five games of 2011 combined.
But Munson has proven more than capable catching the ball, this summer making the cut in the Western Trials for Elite 11 camp. Hamilton didn't have Munson's final stats available, but estimated he had accounted for at least 200 of Pleasant Grove's 365 yards of passing offense.
A year ago, Hamilton's Hunter team didn't score a point until the fourth game of the season. With a quick start with the Vikings, hopes are high already in Pleasant Grove.
"We've got some real good skill players out here," Hamilton said. "It's nice to have a guy like Skyler out there."
Eye-popping goose eggs
In all, there were 11 shutouts on Friday night, only one more than opening night in 2011 (not counting the Brighton-Davis tie). But in only one week, some teams that were middle-of-the-road last season should have the state's attention.
Teams such as Bingham and East had impressive performances, but also have set that expectation the last few seasons. The Miners were characteristically stingy in a 28-0 win over West Jordan, while the Leopards avenged a close call from last season in a 35-0 rout of Pine View.
But Bonneville? Grand County? Box Elder? Although these teams were competitive at times last year, they showed the potential for an uprising in 2012. The Lakers hardly allowed the Tigers room to breathe Friday night, with a dominating defense and running game that led them to a 34-0 win. The Red Devils took it to their hosts at Carbon with Jacob Francis impressing in a 42-0 rout. Weber was no match for the Bees, who rolled up a 26-0 win against the Warriors.
Even new program Summit Academy showed swagger in a 48-0 victory against Milford. Their 1A opponents better start scouting Christian Miller, who stunned the Tigers with more than 300 passing yards.
It's worth noting that none of the shutouts were particularly close no "defensive battles" here. Other performances saw a surprising 28-0 shutout of Delta by Manti, Stansbury steamrolling Uintah 51-0, South Summit dropping 54 on Altamont, Judge burning Tooele 38-0 and Spanish Fork working over Park City 53-0.