Prep football: Knights can't find offense as Beetdiggers roll into 5-A semis

Nov 2 2012 - 10:15pm

SANDY -- Jordan's offensive line was too much for Northridge as the Beetdiggers racked up 360 rushing yards en route to a 49-13 thumping of the Knights at Sayers Field on Friday.

The loss -- Northridge's third of the season -- ends a storybook season that coach Erik Thompson said few predicted.

"This was a team that was picked bottom of the barrel," he said. "This is a group of seniors that has willed themselves to nine wins and I really feel played head and shoulders above what any anybody expected of them. We beat a lot of great football teams this year because of the heart and character of this team."

Led by junior quarterback Nate Kusuda and senior back David Adams, Northridge rushed for 96 yards on 25 carries and threw for another 176 but struggled to find the end zone against a stingy Jordan defense that produced multiple turnovers.

The Knights' only touchdown came on a 98-yard kick return from sophomore Dayan Lake in the first half.

Jordan's wunderkind QB Austin Kafentzis rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns while junior running back Clay Moss found the end zone four times and logged 169 yards on 27 carries.

"We've got the best line in the state and I don't think anyone can stop them," Moss said. "They just pound it forward and open up the holes for me and Austin."

Northridge finishes the season at 9-3, while Jordan (10-1) will face a Lone Peak team next Friday that narrowly toppled Davis in the quarterfinals.

Thompson said despite the disappointing end to the season he couldn't be more proud of the way his kids played against a worthy opponent.

"They have one of the best O-lines I've ever seen and they're the best football team we've seen all year," Thompson said. "We gave Jordan all they could handle for a half then lost a few guys to injury and got tired. We definitely had our opportunities there and just missed them and with a great football team like Jordan you kind of have to be perfect."

* LONE PEAK 27, DAVIS 26: At Highland, the Darts nearly overcame an 11-point deficit, but a 14-point fourth quarter wasn't enough as the Knights held off Davis in the state 5-A quarterfinals.

Gage Cook had two TD passes in the fourth quarter, but a missed extra point proved to be the difference. Cook also rushed for two scores as Abel Christensen and Colton Chronister eached hauled in TD catches in the loss.

The Knights will face Jordan in the semifinals next week at Rice-Eccles stadium.

* BINGHAM 38, FREMONT 0: At South Jordan, the Miners opened up a 35 lead in the first half -- getting 29 points in the second quarter -- and Bingham eliminated the Silver Wolves in the state 5-A quarterfinals.

The Miners rumbled to 227 yards behind Scott Nichols, who pumped in a pair of rushing TDs in the win.

Bingham will take on undefeated Syracuse in the semifinals next week.

4-A quarterfinals

* TIMPVIEW 35, WOODS CROSS 14: At Woods Cross, quarterback Jake Lloyd fired four TD passes -- three going to Dax Raymond -- and the Thunderbirds dominated the Wildcats from start to finish, advancing to the state 4-A semifinals.

Timpview held the normally-potent Woods Cross offense scoreless through three quarters.

The Thunderbirds face East in the semifinals next week.

* MOUNTAIN CREST 41, BOUNTIFUL 0: At Hyrum, Jamison Webb rushed for three touchdowns as the Mustangs thrashed the visiting Braves in the state 4-A quarterfinals.

Nick Taylor rushed for two scores and Troy Netzley and Gaje Ferguson each returned interceptions for TDs for Mountain Crest.

The Mustangs face Highland in the 4-A semifinals next Friday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

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