There's a reason football teams practice the two-minute drill.
And Jackson Brown - the Jordan quarterback, not the singer - ran the drill to near perfection as he led the Beetdiggers to an emotionally charged 21-17 come-from-behind victory over cross-town rival Alta.A stunning 56-yard Alta touchdown - in which Bennett Norton snagged an Eric Moyer pass, had a pair of Jordan defenders collide on a tackle attempt, and then scampered untouched the rest of the way - put the Hawks up 17-14 with 1:57 to play.
Enter Brown and his two-minute plan of attack.
After an incomplete pass, Brown ran the offense almost too well. A 12-yard completion, followed by another 18-yard pass play, followed by a 20-yard toss and then capped by a 16-yard run by Saia Vaivaka left the 'Diggers with first down at Alta's 14.
Brown swung a screen pass to the left, where Morgan Sharp caught it and zig-zagged his way through the Alta defense for the winning touchdown.
"I've never been in that position before," Brown, who hasn't played football completely through high school, said. "I was very nervous. We just had to suck it up and go."
Of course, that two-minute drill offense worked just a bit too well. Jordan scored with 59 seconds left to play and gave Alta one last chance at redemption.
Brown, however, was the man to put the final nail in the cross-town coffin as he made a sliding catch of a tipped Moyer pass for an interception with 35 seconds left, preserving the Beetdiggers' perfect record.
"We lost two years ago on this field just like this," said Jordan coach Jim Birch. "It's nice to come out on top . . . You know, it's our turn."
Adding to all the nerves and emotions was a controversial call by the officials midway through the fourth quarter.
Moyer hit a slashing Randy Pearce for a 37-yard completion deep into Beetdigger territory. The only problem: After being tackled from behind, Pearce had the ball squirt free.
The officials ruled a touchback instead of the ground causing the fumble with 6:08 to play. Jordan didn't score on the ensuing possession, but the damage had been done to the Hawks' momentum.
Vaivaka was again the main man in the backfield for Jordan. In addition to scoring a touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, the senior tailback ran for 122 yards on 19 carries. With Brown throwing for 127 yards on 7-of-15 passing, the 'Diggers managed to not be overwhelmed by Alta's massive defensive line anchored by Nebraska recruit Ryon Bingham.
"It's great to have a quarterback that can throw," Birch said. "He just did a great job picking his holes and hitting them."
Jordan got off to a terrible start, though, and needed the strong finish in order to pull out the win. Brown's first pass was picked off - leading to an Alta 35-yard field goal - and the halftime score of 10-0 was the first time the 'Diggers had failed to score in the first half this year.
"Emotions were so high for this game," Birch said. "The kids were worn out before we even started. Once they settled down, they did what we needed."