Prep football: Jordan's Kafentzis ties state record with 8 TDs
The Jordan football team is pretty serious about film study. The Beetdiggers watch tape for hours after Friday night games, then a few more hours Saturday morning.
But after a 56-0 blowout against Copper Hills, one in which sophomore quarterback Austin Kafentzis threw for eight touchdowns, there weren't a ton of flaws to pick at.
"Film went pretty fast today," Kafentzis said. "It was nice."
The Beetdiggers' goal going into the game was to work on their passing offense, which had felt a bit out of rhythm in games. The result was a state record-tying performance by Kafentzis, and a big day for all of his receivers.
Mason Krueger had three touchdowns. Nick West had two. Three other receivers had a touchdown catch.
The signal-caller finished with 358 yards to go with his eight touchdowns. He didn't do much running in the victory, but he didn't need to.
"We really needed to work on our timing because it has been great in practice but a little off in the games," Kafentzis said. "We got in tune this game. Our receivers made some great catches, and even our running backs were getting some catches."
The lead quickly ballooned to 35-0 in the first quarter. Kafentzis was on the bench with a stuffed stat line by the third.
He also gave praise to his offensive linemen, who were knocking over pass rushers and giving him plenty of space in the pocket.
"They were making pancakes even though we weren't running at all," he said. "I was like, 'What the heck?' They're just really good up there."
Granted, Copper Hills isn't the best team Jordan has faced, but the competition ahead of the Beetdiggers just might be. California's St. John Bosco will face the Beetdiggers on Saturday, and the Braves' coaching staff was on hand to watch the heralded sophomore and his Jordan teammates shred the Grizzlies through the sky.
Kafentzis hoped his future opponents had taken home some highlights to chew on leading into the contest between the nationally ranked programs.
"I know they're a pretty good team, but we don't know what to expect until we get out there," he said. "I think I was about a 99 this week, but I have to play at 100 percent next week. We can always get a little better."