LAYTON -- How quickly the tables can turn.
A week after picking off five passes in a decisive 28-0 season-opening win over Hunter, the Lancers gift-wrapped six turnovers Friday night helping the visiting Jordan Beetdiggers earn a 35-14 victory in preseason action.
"You can't spot them all those turnovers and think you're going to come out and win," Layton coach Jim Batchelor said. "As good as we played a week ago, that's how bad we played in the first half."
After forcing the Beetdiggers to punt on its first possession, Miller Toa rumbled 72 yards to the Jordan 18 on Layton's opening play from scrimmage. However, two plays later a botched snap led to a Layton's first turnover. The Lancers fumbled twice and threw an interception on their first three possessions to allow Jordan to go up 14-0.
The potent Jordan passing game kept Layton on its heels in the first half as well as the Beetdiggers scored on drives of 87, 97 and 30 yards to take a 21-0 lead into the half. Jordan's freshman quarterback Austin Kafentzis threw for 259 yards in the first two quarters and finished the game 23-for-44 for 346 yards.
After starting quarterback Tevita Uasilaa was forced out of the game with an injury, sophomore signal caller Hunter Evans helped lead the Lancers back early in the fourth quarter as the Layton defense stiffened.
Evans threw a seven-yard swing pass to Willie Uasilaa with 11:48 to play. Following a Jordan punt, the Lancers struck again when Willie Uasilaa scored on a 14-yard run to narrow the deficit to 21-14 with 8:28 left.
But Jordan answered with a pair of scoring drives of its own while Layton was forced to resort exclusively to its ground game when Evans was also knocked out of the game and was replaced by emergency QB J.T. Anderson.