TAYLORSVILLE Jordan coach Alex Jacobson could feel it earlier in the day Friday, when he took his team to a nearby elementary school to read to the younger kids.
"Everything just clicked," he said. "It went like clockwork, and I told the kids that if they played like that against Taylorsville, we would be all right."
That was an understatement. The Beetdiggers scored every time they had the ball in the front half, racing to a 42-0 lead en route to upending the Warriors 42-15 in a Region 2 game. They were virtually flawless prior to halftime, and 5A's top-ranked team left little doubt to the outcome.
"Every kid did their job," Jacobson said. "What's unique about us is that we have great chemistry."
What's also unique is that Jordan is still unbeaten. Quarterback Chaun Clark kept the Diggers that way, throwing for three touchdown passes with seemingly little effort. His favorite target Cody Raymond was well-covered most of the time, so he looked for Darren Carter, who had 10 catches for 95 yards and two scores.
Taylorsville coach Scott Henderson said his team waited too long to show up.
"We prepared all week to keep the ball out of number 31 (Raymond) and 11's (Carter) hands," he said. "We're a better ball club than we showed."
The Warriors had just five first downs in the opening half. More importantly, they had two interceptions and fumbled the ball four times, losing one.
After Jordan scored on its opening drive, Taylorsville had the ball three plays and suffered its first turnover. Six plays later, the Diggers made it 14-0 when running back Dillon Hall scored his second touchdown.
It was 21-0 after the first quarter, and it only got worse as Jordan had a heavy breeze at its back during the second stanza. Helped by the wind, Hayden Moss ran 23 yards for a score, Cook found Carter on a 10-yard pass and Raymond shook loose for a 14-yard touchdown catch.
Cook completed 14 of 18 passes for 136 yards and no interceptions. He had time to throw and was on target. He sat on the bench with a smile on his face after that as the Diggers substituted freely in the second half.
Jordan's replacements let the clock run but couldn't couldn't run up the score. The Warriors finally found some momentum in the third quarter when sophomore Nate Willis blocked a punt and gave the Warriors the ball at Jordan's 10-yard line.
"I just told the guys, they've got to 'find it,'" said Henderson. "That kid Nate Willis gave us a spark. It was a respect thing for us by then. We needed more of that."
It took only two plays for Mike Ramirez to find Shawn Holbrook on short pass to end the shutout. The Warriors defense held Jordan throughout the second half, and Blake Sio scored on a 6-yard run late in the game.