Jordan High's Beetdiggers established themselves once again as one of the best 3A squads in Utah with a 34-14 victory over Woods Cross Friday afternoon. Frankly, the game wasn't even that close.
The `Diggers thoroughly frustrated the Wildcat offense that had been powerful in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Jordan quarterback Tyler Garrison threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Mitch Berg, and Jordan's Tommy Payne rushed for 171 yards as the `Diggers improved to 6-1.It was obvious early on that this would be Jordan's day. The hosts moved 70 yards on their opening drive, the key play a 54-yard romp by Payne, and scored on an 11-yard pass from Garrison to Berg. That combination has now accounted for 11 TDs this season.
Woods Cross took the ball for the first time and handed it back to Jordan when Rich Atkinson picked off Ryan VanAlfen at the Wildcat 26. A late hit called on Woods Cross moved Jordan to the 13, from where Garrison found Berg again for a score. Bill Ekblad's PAT made it 14-0 midway through the opening quarter.
The Wildcats got a lot of life back, however, when speedy Kevin Case returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Kyly Lavender's point after made it 14-7.
Jordan responded with an 83-yard, 13-play drive on its next possession. Just eight seconds into the second quarter, Garrison found Larry Hansen for 21 yards and a score. The Beetdiggers held on to that 21-7 lead at the half, their defense having limited Woods Cross to 36 yards total offense.
Woods Cross began the second half with an impressive drive to the Jordan 24, but a field goal attempt fell short. Jordan then ended all doubts about this one, moving 80 yards in 16 plays, eating up about eight minutes and scoring on a six-yard toss from Garrison to Berg.
Following a stalled Woods Cross drive, Jordan struck once more after taking over the ball at midfield. Payne picked up 22 on first down, and then, on fourth-and-nine from the Wildcat 26, Payne tore up the middle for 25 yards to the one, setting up a plunge by Jackson Allen for the final Jordan score.
Woods Cross got a late touchdown as VanAlfen completed six passes for 85 yards, with Marcus Rhoton catching a 15-yarder for the score.