Prep football: Line powers Jordan’s offense
Prep football • The Beetdiggers are averaging almost 450 yards per game.
Published: October 10, 2012 03:27PM
Updated: January 14, 2013 11:32PM
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Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Jordan's Tyshon Mosely (72) high-fives quarterback Austin Kafentzis after a touchdown as Jordan High School faces St. John Bosco (CA) football Saturday September 29, 2012 in the Xfinity High School Football Challenge at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Sandy • The guys up front for the Jordan football team earn something more valuable than the headlines their teammates earn.

“Our running backs and receivers and [QB] Austin [Kafentzis], they give up a lot of credit,” Utah State-bound senior Tyshon Mosley said. “They know we are a big part of the offense.”

Mosley, the Beetdiggers’ starting right guard for the past two seasons, and center B.J. Cavendar anchor a front five equally responsible for Jordan’s gaudy offensive numbers as the players who pile up the statistics.

Mosley’s numbers — 6 foot 5, 315 pounds — are almost as impressive as the ones Jordan posts on the scoreboard. The Beetdiggers know they wouldn’t put up more than 45 points per game or average almost 450 yards on offense without the stellar play up front.

“Austin and the running backs tell us, ‘We know you’re not going to get much [press],’ but they let us know they appreciate what we do,” Cavendar said. “That’s nice.”

Coach Eric Kjar called the offensive and defensive lines “the heart and soul of our team.”

“Especially offensive,” Kjar said. “They do a great job at the point of attack getting a lot of push and beating people up on the line of scrimmage. It makes it easy to be productive on offense when you protect the quarterback well and run the ball well.”

Jordan enters the week 6-1 and ranked atop The Tribune’s Class 5A rankings. The Beatdiggers narrowly escaped an upset bid by Cottonwood last week in a game Cavendar missed because of a right ankle injury.

It was the first game the four-year starter has missed in his career, and he hopes it will be his last. Cavendar sat out practice earlier this week, but he was expected to play Friday against Brighton.

“That was the first game I’ve missed ever, since I’ve been playing football,” Cavendar said. “It was hard watching. But I have complete faith in our backups. I wasn’t disappointed in their performance.”

The Beetdiggers’ prolific offensive numbers began a season ago when Kafentzis earned the starting quarterback job as a freshman. But the difference this year is the target Jordan wears heading into every game.

Bingham or Alta or Lone Peak have served as the team to beat in years past. Now that pressure resides in the Beetdiggers’ locker room.

“We’re just trying to bring a state championship back to this school,” Mosley said. “We worked our butts off over the summer with that goal in mind. Anything less will most definitely be a disappointment.

“We’ve just got to stay after it. We need to be mentally tough toward the end of the season.”

Digging in

Jordan seniors Tyshon Mosley and B.J. Cavendar anchor an offensive line that helps produce more than 200 yards rushing per game.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Moseley has started for two years at right guard. He will play at Utah State next year.

Cavendar is a four-year starter at center and a team captain. He missed the first game of his career last week with a right ankle injury.