Jordan (9-2) at Viewmont (8-3)
5A state tournament quarterfinal
Friday, 4 p.m.
Parry's Power Guide: Jordan by 24
All-time series: Viewmont leads 1-0
Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Jordan's Eric Kjar and Viewont's Brad Lloyd
Last meeting: Oct. 27, 2000, Viewmont 49, Jordan 35 (5A first round at Viewmont)
An explosive offense will go up against a dominating defense when Jordan and Viewmont collide Friday in a 5A quarterfinal clash.
The explosive offense belongs to the Beetdiggers, who have averaged almost 35 points per game this season and feature an attack fueled by freshman quarterback Austin Kafentzis, who has thrown for almost 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns and is also Jordan's leading ground-gainer with nearly 1,200 yards and 16 more TDs — meaning this young man has accounted for a whopping 4,100-plus yards and 36 scores this season.
Those are the kind of numbers NFL superstars Tom Brady or Peyton Manning would be plenty proud of, much less a kid who's playing just his first year in the Jordan High program.
Austin Groll has contributed over 550 yards rushing and 9 touchdowns for the 'Diggers, and receivers Taylor Loomis, Taylor Dean and Mason Gajkowski have combined forces for 144 catches, more than 2,000 yards and 15 TDs.
It's no wonder the Beetdiggers have scored 32 or more points in 8 of their 11 games this season. They dumped Davis, 42-24, in last week's opening round of the state playoffs a week after walloping West Jordan, 55-17.
Hayden Babka has piled up more than 100 tackles for the Jordan defense, and he also leads the Beetdiggers' "D" in sacks with 7.5 and in interceptions with 4.
Meanwhile, Region 2 champion Viewmont gets things done primarily with its defense, as the Vikings have allowed opponents an average of only 14 points per game this season.
Levi Hinze and Paul Tesina are the top two tacklers for a Viewmont defense which shut out American Fork 21-0 in the first round of the 5A playoffs and has given up more than 13 points only three times in a game all season long.
Viewmont quarterback Josh Staples has over 1,700 combined passing and rushing yards and has accounted for 17 touchdowns, while Braden Waiters has 7 rushing touchdowns and leading pass-catcher Haden Heath has the been on the receiving end of seven more scores and 561 yards through the air.
The Vikings' victory last week snapped a string of seven straight postseason setbacks, and a win this week would propel Viewmont into the semifinals for the first time since 1980, when the Vikings won the 3A state championship.
They certainly have a strong postseason tradition on their side, too, boasting a 7-1 playoff record on their home turf in Bountiful.
Jordan statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 34.8 ppg
Scoring defense: 14.6 ppg
Passing leader: Austin Kafentzis (199-336, 59.2%, 2,947, 20 TDs, 17 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Austin Kafentzis (189 carries, 1,190 yards, 16 TDs), Austin Groll (78 carries, 553 yards, 9 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Taylor Loomis (58 receptions, 784 yards, 6 TDs), Taylor Dean (52 receptions, 681 yards, 3 TDs), Mason Gajkowski (34 carries, 606 yards, 6 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Hayden Babka (106 tackles), Colton Shaver (52 total tackles)
Sacks leaders: Hayden Babka (7.5 sacks)
Interceptions leader: Hayden Babka (5 interceptions), Blake Miller (4 interceptions)
Viewmont statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 19.7 ppg
Scoring defense: 14.0 ppg
Passing leader: Josh Staples (130-205, 63.4%, 1,367 yards, 13 TDs, 12 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Josh Staples (113 carries, 356 yards, 4 TDs), Braden Waiters (51 carries, 396 yards, 7 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Haden Heath (45 receptions, 561 yards, 7 TDs)22 comments on this story
Tackles leaders: Levi Hinze (89 total tackles), Paul Tesina (81 total tackles)
Sacks leaders: Cameron England, Braden Waiters (2.5 sacks)