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Prep football: Jordan routs Pleasant Grove, 56-7

Published October 26, 2012 8:22 pm

Beetdiggers score on first five possessions.
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Sandy • Jordan's Clay Moss scored as many touchdowns as his jersey number Friday against visiting Pleasant Grove. Considering Moss wears No. 5, it was a tremendous way to open the 5A playoffs for the top-ranked Beetdiggers.

Moss rushed for 156 yards and five touchdowns — all in the first half — as Jordan overwhelmed Pleasant Grove 56-7. The Beetdiggers scored touchdowns on their first five possessions of the game, and had outgained the Vikings 414-79 by halftime.

"It was very easy with our line opening up things for me," Moss said. "Anyone could have gone through those holes. We prepared so hard and didn't overlook them at all. This puts fear into our next opponent and shows us what we have to do in the playoffs. It was about taking steps forward tonight."

The Beetdiggers (9-1) took giant steps forward, churning out yards and first downs seemingly at will against the helpless Viking defense. Along with Moss, Pleasant Grove (6-5) had to contend with Jordan quarterback Austin Kafentzis, who threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns, including another score on the ground.

"This is the start we were looking for," Beetdiggers coach Eric Kjar said. "They did a good job preparing all week. I'm really proud of our defense.

"They stepped up and played really well. We felt they were capable of it all year. They took a good step forward. The offensive line paved the way and did a great job as well."

Jordan scored four touchdowns in each of the first two quarters before resting its starters for the entire second half on a running clock. The Beetdiggers, who averaged nearly 8 yards per play in the game, were slowed only by a fumble at the Viking 2-yard line in the second quarter.

In the victory, the Beetdiggers surpassed 5,000 total yards for the season, outgaining the Vikings 441-278 overall.

Tyler Swan made an interceptions, Cooper Clark had two, and the defense recorded eight tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks.

Moss, who came into the game with 523 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, exploded from the start, topping the century mark by his 10th carry. Kafentzis, who doubles as his team's leading rusher, was held to 32 yards on eight carries, but completed 10 of his 12 passes for 200 yards and two long touchdowns.

"We'll still work on trying to improve throwing the ball and having better ball security," Kjar said. "We've got to take better care of the ball."

The Vikings found some life in the second half against Jordan's backups. Pleasant Grove gained 200 yards after halftime, as quarterback Michael Anderson threw for 126 yards despite being intercepted three times.

Colton Babb rushed for 80 yards. Anderson scored on a 3-yard keeper in the fourth quarter for the Vikings' lone points.

Jordan will host either Northridge or Granger in the second round.

"We'll prepare the exact same way, one game at a time," Moss said.