5A high school football preview: Pleasant Grove at Jordan

Published: Thursday, Oct. 25 2012 12:00 p.m. MDT

“We have to mix our coverages. We’re going to have to bring selective pressure because if you bring too much pressure and leave gaps (Kafentzis is) good at just running,” Hamilton said when asked if he was going to disguise schemes and bring more frequent pressures to rattle Kafentzis. “I think he’s a bigger run threat than anything. We actually want him to sit in the pocket and throw the ball, but we got to do that with pressure and try to force some bad throws and force some interceptions. We don’t want him running, that’s for sure.”

For Pleasant Grove the main area of emphasis is finding a multitude of ways to get Skyler Munson more touches. Thus far, the receiver has hauled in 13 touchdown receptions and is 13 yards shy of passing the century mark.

“That’s the big thing. We got to try and get single coverage on him,” Hamilton explained. “I’m sure they’ve got a game-plan to try and slow him down and we got to use formations to try and get him into space so we can get him the ball. We got to be able to move him around.”

But if Pleasant Grove is to have any chance of pulling off the massive upset, it has to win the battle at the line of scrimmage.

“Everybody thinks that Jordan is this big spread passing team. When they’re really rolling, they’re running the football,” Hamilton said. “We’ve got to be able to stop the run and force them to throw the ball down the field. If you make them one dimensional, they’re still good, but they’re not as good. That’s the key.”

Pleasant Grove statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 27.6 ppg

Scoring defense: 20.8 ppg

Passing leader: Michael Anderson (128-231, 55.4 percent, 2,173, 22 TDs, 17 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Colton Babb (156 carries, 715 yards, 6 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Skyler Munson (41 rec., 987 yards, 13 TDs), Dallin Hatch (31 rec., 538 yards, 3 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Brandon Dennison (77), Tyler Chatterton (46)

Sack leaders: TJ Wind (4)

Interception leaders: Josh Marsh, Spencer Romney (3 each)

Jordan statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 46.6 ppg

Scoring defense: 21.8 ppg

Passing leader: Austin Kafentzis (148-240, 61.7 percent, 2,116 yards, 25 TDs, 11 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Austin Kafentzis (165 carries, 1,301 yards, 16 TDs), Dezmond Carter (127 carries, 415 yards, 3 TDs), Clay Moss (65 carries, 523 yards, 8 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Maosn Krueger (47 rec., 664 yards, 7 TDs), Nick West (45 rec., 707 yards, 9 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Tyler Swan (89), Cooper Clark (83)

Sack leaders: Mori Savini (5)

Interception leaders: Cooper Clark (4), Adreil Jefferson (3)

Felt’s Facts for Pleasant Grove High School

All-time record: 356-358-11 (76 years)

Region championships: 13 (1955, 1956, 1957, 1973 co, 1982 co, 1986 co, 1988 co, 1993 co, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2007 co, 2008)

Playoff appearances: 30 (including 2012)

All-time playoff record: 27-26

State championships: 3 (1955, 1956, 1993)

State championship record: 3-2

Felt’s Factoid(s): PG took part in the longest game in state history, a seven-overtime contest in 1982. Provo ended up beating Pleasant Grove 51-44. ... Viking Bridger Anderson holds the Utah record for interceptions returned for TDs in a game with three in 1999 against Springville.

Felt’s Facts for Jordan High School

All-time record: 507-403-28 (102 years)

Region championships: 26 (1931, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1958, 1961, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988 co, 1989, 1991, 1993 co, 1994, 1998, 2002 co, 2005 co, 2012)

Playoff appearances: 42 (including 2012)

All-time playoff record: 47-30

State championships: 11 (1931, 1934, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1994)

State championship record: 11-4

Felt’s Factoid(s): Jordan holds the season passing record of 4,467 yards set in 2009. ... Beetdigger Alex Hart set a state record — and tied a national record — by throwing eight TD passes in a game in 2009. ... Hart holds the season record for average total offense per game with 415.5 yards, set in 2009. ... Cody Raymond holds the career TD reception record (tied with Fremont’s Austin Raught) at 41.

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