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Prep football two-a-days: Jordan

Published August 6, 2013 12:59 pm

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Jordan High has one of the best quarterbacks in the country.

Austin Kafentzis led the Beetdiggers to the Class 5A championship, racking up more than 50 touchdowns and more than 4,500 yards of combined offense, and earning MVP honors along the way as a sophomore.

The scary part? Kafentzis, a MaxPreps.com preseason Mr. Football who already has committed to play at Wisconsin, could be even better this year.

"He's just improved in every facet of the game," Jordan coach Eric Kjar said. "He's bigger and he's focused on his speed a lot. He's definitely gotten faster. His arm strength and accuracy and footwork are better. I think he's better as a whole as a quarterback than he was last year."

The big question now for the defending champs: Who will protect Kafentzis?

The Beetdiggers lost their entire starting offensive line to graduation, leaving Kjar to rebuild.

"We'll be completely new there," he said.

Spencer Hollings and left tackle Alex Kabwere will be the only seniors on the line this year, but Kjar said Kabwere has stepped up as a leader for the underclassmen.

"He's set a good example, getting them together and working all the time," Kjar said. "He's been pretty important."

Defensively, Kjar said, Jordan could be even better than the team that held Syracuse without a touchdown or a field goal in last year's title game. —

Jordan Beetdiggers

ASSIGNMENT • Region 3

LAST YEAR • 12-1 overall, 5-0 Region 3

KEY RETURNER • Junior quarterback Austin Kafentzis accounted for more than 50 scores and 4,500 yards of offense last season.

BIGGEST HOLE • The Beetdiggers will be playing with a completely new offensive line this year.

PLAYER TO WATCH • Wide receiver Conner Bollingbroke saw limited action last year and figures to be a bigger contributor in Jordan's offense in 2013.

NEED TO KNOW • Jordan coach Eric Kjar says his defense could be even better than it was last season.