SANDY — Coach Eric Kjar has been watching his team grow since the start of the season. Friday night, Kjar's Jordan team put up so many points that even the Beetdigger cheerleaders were tired.
Senior quarterback McCoy Hill passed for 389 yards and six touchdowns, including three to Taylor Loomis, as the 'Diggers improved to 3-0 this season with a 63-21 victory over Sky View in a non-region game.
The 'Diggers led just 28-21 at one point, but it was the defense that made the difference, changing its schemes in the second half to frustrate Sky View quarterback Gabe Anderson, and that opened the door for the big win.
"Our quarterback played his best game of the year," said Kjar.
It helped that he had several good players helping him.
Loomis, who also made several big plays on defense, had the most important play of the night. A minute after Sky View had cut Jordan's 21-0 lead to 28-21 on a beautiful 25-yard pass from Anderson to Don Corbell, he caught a short pass from Hill and outraced the Sky View secondary 73 yards for a score.
Sky View never regained its momentum after that.
"Taylor might be our best player on both sides of the ball," said Kjar of the 6-foot, 175-pound junior. "But you've also got to credit McCoy. That was a big, explosive play and McCoy made a nice read."?
While Hill had a great game — with no interceptions — this was an intense battle between quarterbacks for a long time.
The first quarter looked like the 'Diggers were going to win handily. They ran 33 plays, compared to just six for Sky View, in the opening 12 minutes and Hill threw three scoring passes.
The second quarter was radically different — and in Sky View's favor. Anderson had a period most quarterbacks only dream about — connecing on 16 consecutive passes. He also broke loose on a 43-yard run.
Anderson, who was injured against Cottonwood last week, hit Corbell twice for touchdowns and tossed another to Corey Jensen.
The Sky View fans who made the trip were on their feet most of the time, hoping for their first win of the season.
"That second quarter was unreal," said Kjar. "They were picking us apart."
Kjar admitted changes were made on defense after that, and Hill's pass to Loomis also made a difference.
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Jordan's offense was never really stopped, and didn't commit a turnover.
Meanwhile, Anderson was just 3 of 16 in the second half, and the Bobcats couldn't take advantage of a fake punt and a fourth-down penalty that allowed them to keep the ball.
When Jordan got the ball, they were able to run. The 'Diggers scored points, and take time off the clock, too.
Austin Grant had 114 yards on just 10 carries, including a 55-yarder that set up a touchdown. He was the big force in Jordan's offense that amassed 624 yards.