5A football playoffs: Kafentzis leads Beetdiggers into semifinals
BOUNTIFUL — Things are just clicking said Jordan quarterback Austin Kafentzis. The freshman had a hand in all six of Jordan's touchdowns Friday as the Beatdiggers rolled over Region 2 champion Viewmont 43-7.
"Our coaches watch so much film, and were able to help me out to get things going," said Kafentzis. "I knew our line would block for us and the receivers would get open. I can't snap the ball to myself, run without blocking, or throw the ball to myself. It's a team effort including our defense — they gave us great field position."
It was the defense that turned the momentum in the game for Jordan, and then the offense's turn to put things out of reach. Up 14-0, Viewmont cut the lead in half on a pass from Josh Staples to Mitch Dalley and then the extra point from Aaron Dalton in the second quarter.
The Vikes punted on their next possession, but got another chance soon after as Micah Carlson popped the ball away from receiver Blake Miller and into the hands of fellow Vike Holden Grandstaff on Jordan's drive.
But the Viewmont momentum was short lived as Hayden Babka intercepted Staples' pass and ran the ball back to Viewmont's 6-yard line. From there, it took Kafentzis two possessions to run the ball across the goal line en route to 29 unanswered Jordan points.
"Hayden (Babka) has done that a lot for us this year," said Jordan coach Eric Kjar. "We go from picking up a first down to losing the ball and he comes right back for us and puts us in a great spot."
Babka finished the night with 8 tackles and grabbed a second interception in the third quarter to lead Jordan's defense, which recorded 3 turnovers overall.
"Our defensive line played really well today. They did a good job of stopping the run game and in the passing lanes we made some turnovers," said Kjar.
Meanwhile, Viewmont's defense struggled to stop Kafentzis and the red-hot Beatdigger offense, which has averaged 47 points over its past three games including Friday. Things were going so well for the Beatdiggers even the kicker Jeff Gaston converted a 2-point conversion throw to Colton Shaver after an extra point snap was botched. Heading into the game, Viewmont had given up an average of only 14 points per game.
"It's a tough one to swallow," said Viewmont coach Brad Lloyd. "Jordan is a heck of a team — well coached and we were concerned with the line of scrimmage. It showed tonight, but our kids tried as hard as they could and I'm proud of them for that. Credit to Jordan for their talent."
Kafentzis finished the game with 131 rushing yards and four touchdowns, along with 135 passing yards and two scores. Staples threw for 141 yards and the score for Viewmont.
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