Saturday , August 23, 2014 - 2:47 AM
PLAIN CITY -- Jordan quarterback Austin Kafentzis rumbled for a 50-yard touchdown on third-and-10 in the final minutes, and Jordan outlasted Fremont 29-22 in the season opener for both teams Friday.
The game-winning score was Kafentzis’ second long TD run of the game. The University of Wisconsin commit also had an 87-yard TD run in the first quarter.
In addition to his rushing heroics, Kafentzis also connected with receiver Nate Mower for a 64-yard TD in the second quarter.
Kafentzis completed just 5 of 20 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, but carried the ball 22 times for 200 yards.
Fremont did its best to match Jordan’s big plays with quarterback Justin Shaw finding Kohl Christensen for a 65-yard TD pass down the right sideline for Fremont’s first touchdown of the game and later connecting with Haze Hadley on a pair of deep throws that led to touchdowns. Shaw found Hadley for 31 yards on a drive that ultimately ended with a Cole Bingham 2-yard TD run and then found him again later for 43 yards on a drive that culminated with an 18-yard TD pass to Paxton Merrill on fourth-and-10. The latter strike, followed by a successful point-after attempt, evened the score at 22 with just 1:37 left.
Fremont moved the ball to the Jordan 45 on the final drive of the game, but Shaw’s fourth-down hail mary attempt fell incomplete in the end zone and Kafentzis took a knee to end it.
Shaw completed 14 of 30 passes for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Hadley finished the game with three catches for 82 yards while Merrill caught a game-high seven passes for 84 yards.
Kafentzis wasted little time showing off his arm with a pair of deep throws on Jordan’s first possession of the game, but failed to connect both times and the Beatdiggers went three and out. Kafentzis eventually used his legs to get Jordan on the board when he got to the right sideline and bolted 87 yards for the first touchdown of the game.
Fremont took its next possession all the way into Jordan’s red zone, but Shaw was picked off at the 10.
The Silver Wolves eventually took the lead in the second quarter on Christensen’s 65-yard TD reception followed by a successful two-point conversion attempt, which came despite placeholder Cameron Chugg not being able to get the point-after attempt down. Chugg lofted the ball to Brantzen Romander who found his way into the end zone.
Kafentzis’ 64-yard TD to Mower on Jordan’s next possession immediately gave the Beatdiggers the lead back, though.
The two teams traded touchdowns in the second half.
UINTAH 37, OGDEN 21: At Vernal, Uintah broke open a three-point game in the second half and went on to defeat Ogden 37-21 in the season opener for both teams Friday.
The game was delayed twice because of lightning -- once before the opening kickoff and again coming out of halftime.
Ogden quarterback Cameron Mortensen threw a pair of touchdown passes -- one to Parker Lowry and the other to Blake Harvey. Lowry finished with over 100 receiving yards.
Tomas Martinez rushed for Ogden’s third touchdown.
VIEWMONT 29, BONNEVILLE 8: At Washington Terrace, Viewmont rattled off 22 unanswered points over the final three quarters of the game to defeat Bonneville 29-8 in the season opener for both teams Friday.
Bonneville was Viewmont’s lone victory a season ago.
HUNTER 25, LAYTON 17: At Layton, a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns wasn’t enough for Layton, which fell to Hunter 25-17 in the season opener for both teams Friday.
Layton wide receiver Julian Blackmon caught two passes for 47 yards with a touchdown while quarterback Steel Roberts went 4-for-10 for 56 yards and a touchdown.
TIMPVIEW 27, SKY VIEW 14: At Smithfield, Timpview broke a 7-7 halftime tie with 20 second-half points and went on to defeat Sky View 27-14 in the season opener for both teams Friday.
It was the third meeting in 12 months for the two schools, which met twice last year with Timpview taking both games.
Timpview led 27-7 before Sky View scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Alex McCrae had two interceptions and a fumble recovery for Sky View.
LOGAN 42, BEAR RIVER 16: At Garland, Utah State University commit Chad Artist caught six passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Kinkade Wildman threw for 386 yards and Logan overcame an early 13-0 deficit to defeat Bear River 42-16 in the season opener for both teams Friday.
Artist’s first touchdown, a 57-yard score, put Logan on the board in the second quarter while his second, a 74-yarder, was part of 28 unanswered Logan points to close out the game.
Bear River quarterback Walker Riley completed 17 of 43 passes for 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both to receiver Cole Fronk. Fronk caught four passes for 102 yards.
UNION 48, BEN LOMOND 34: At Roosevelt, Angelo Rios had a pair of touchdown runs, a 70 yarder and a 52 yarder, but Ben Lomond couldn’t hold a 34-27 fourth-quarter lead -- falling to Union 48-34 in the season opener for both teams Friday.
Ben Lomond, which has now lost 21 straight, turned the ball over three times.
WEBER 33, WEST 20: At Pleasant View, Weber scored 33 points in the first half and held on to defeat West 33-20 in the season opener for both teams Friday.
Weber forced five turnovers, including a fumble that was returned by Garrett Hoyt for a touchdown
SYRACUSE 31, BOX ELDER 28 (3OT): At Syracuse, Romney Harker kicked a 43-yard field goal in triple overtime, Colton Yardley finished Box Elder off with a game-ending interception in the end zone and Syracuse outlasted Box Elder 31-28 in the season opener for both teams Friday.
The game was tied 14-14 at the end of the fourth quarter.
The game-ending interception spoiled an otherwise masterful performance by Box Elder quarterback Connor Udy, who rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns.
Syracuse quarterback Kole Tracy passed for three touchdowns despite completing just 7 of 18 passes for 74 yards and also had a strong game on the ground, rushing for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Syracuse running back Brandon Goncalves carried the ball 18 times for 113 yards.
BOUNTIFUL 28, LONE PEAK 21: At Bountiful, Kaden Simmonds rushed for a pair of touchdowns, Houston Heimuli added another and Bountiful defeated Lone Peak 28-21 in the season opener for both teams Friday.
MORGAN at DELTA (CANCELLED): Morgan’s game with Delta Friday was cancelled due to lightning.
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