PLEASANT GROVE — Jordan’s Austin Kafentzis ran for four touchdowns and passed for two more to lead the Beetdiggers to a 55-52 win over Pleasant Grove in a game that lasted close to 3 1/2 hours.
The game was extended not only because of the high score, but also because there were 40 penalties between the two teams.
The Beetdiggers answered quickly when Daniel Loua found the end zone from 15 yards, giving Jordan the lead once again for the final time at 46-44. Jordan’s two-point conversion pushed the advantage to four points, 48-44.
Kafentzis’ 12-yard run with 7:11 remaining in the game pushed the lead to 55-44, which looked like it might be enough for the Beetdiggers. The Vikings answered back with a long drive that culminated in a 1-yard run by Koy Wilkenson. Miller’s two-point pass to Tate Briggs pulled Pleasant Grove to within a field goal at 55-52 with only 3:40 remaining.
Pleasant Grove went for the onside kick, but the Beetdiggers recovered and drove the ball down inside the 10, where Kafentzis took a knee several times to drain the clock and seal the win for Jordan.
In the first half, Pleasant Grove jumped out in front 14-0 on two touchdowns by Coleman Edwards and had a chance to push the lead to three touchdowns but couldn’t get the ball into the end zone.
AJ Townsend finally got the Beetdiggers on the board with an 11-yard reception from Kafentzis. PG did respond with a 9-yard TD run by Hayden Pettis, but Jordan answered with touchdowns by Kafentzis and Nate Mower to grab the lead from the Vikings at 21-20. Mower’s touchdown was on a 50-yard pass from Kafentzis.
Edwards scored again on a 44-yard pass from Miller with two minutes remaining in the first half to grab the lead back at 28-21, but the Beetdiggers outscored the Vikings 21-16 in the third quarter to lead by four points.
Miller threw four touchdown passes in the loss, which drops the Vikings to 2-1 on the season. Jordan’s record stays undefeated at 3-0.
Drew Daniels is a Utah County native and has covered local sporting events for several news organizations including the Deseret News since 1988.