Prep football: QBs Luke Falk and Austin Kafentzis go big
While all eyes were on Cottonwood for the anticipated quarterback showdown between Cooper Bateman and Max Browne of Skyline (Wash.), it was two other Utah quarterbacks who stole the show this week.
Logan quarterback Luke Falk likely set a state record with 33 first-half completions Thursday against Spanish Fork, while Jordan's Austin Kafentzis rolled up 460 yards of offense and accounted for six touchdowns Friday against Kearns.
Falk's first-half performance in a 38-13 win would have been the 10th-most passes completed in an entire game (and tied his own 2010 performance against Judge Memorial), according to high school football historian George Felt.
"Pretty amazing for a high school kid," Logan coach Mike Favero said. "It's almost unheard of."
Falk finished with 37 completions, tied for sixth all-time, according to Felt. He also threw four touchdown passes and caught one, as well.
Kafentzis, meanwhile, exploded in a 61-29 win over Kearns. The sophomore, and reigning MaxPreps Freshman of the Year, completed 20 of 32 passes for 373 yards and five touchdowns.
He also ran for 87 yards (a season low) and a score.
Kafentzis, whose only college offer at this point is from BYU, is the state's most highly regarded quarterback behind Bateman, who struggled in the loss to Skyline. But Jordan coach Eric Kjar said Kafentzis wasn't distracted by the nationally televised quarterback showdown happening just a few miles away.
"That's the one good thing about him," Kjar said. "He does a good job of not getting into a lot of the hype or anything like that.
"He just does what he has to do and just does his job."
Roy, oh boy
Roy coach Fred Fernandes was on the last Royals team that started a season 4-0.
You know who else was? Jim McMahon.
It was McMahon's first year at Roy, in 1975, and the Royals opened the year 10-0 before falling in the state semifinals to Bountiful.
Playing their second year in Class 4A, odds are long that the Royals have a two-time Super Bowl champion on their roster. But after gutting out a 9-3 victory over Murray on Friday night, the Royals are looking like Region 5 favorites.
A Sept. 21 matchup at Logan looms large for the Royals.