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Jordan runs all over Lehi in dominating win to open 5A playoffs

By Jeff Thomas, KSL.com | Posted - Oct 26th, 2018 @ 9:58pm



SANDY — The playoffs have officially begun and they started quickly for the Jordan Beetdiggers who ran all over the Lehi Pioneers on Friday afternoon.

Jordan’s senior running back, Jake Shaver, rushed for a jaw-dropping six-touchdowns. He would not be denied, as Jordan’s rushing attack shoved the ball down Lehi’s throat.

Ethan Bolingbroke, the senior wide receiver for the Beetdiggers, also had two rushing touchdowns on reverse plays. Jordan went on to win in dominating fashion, 56-28.

“Our line did a great job getting to the second level and there was a lot of nice cutbacks.” Shaver explained. He continued, “I just trusted the line and took what they gave me.”

Jordan was quick to make plays, grabbing an interception on Lehi’s first possession. The Beetdiggers then methodically moved the ball down the field and scored about three minutes later on a direct snap to Shaver, who took it into the end zone from 6-yards out.

Jordan forced a 3-and-out on the next possession and once again moved the ball quickly down the field with ease, capping off the drive with a reverse run to Bolingbroke for 5 yards and the score.

All signs pointed to a Jordan blowout as they lead 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Things looked especially bad after another touchdown drive by Jordan to begin the second quarter to put them up 21-0.

Lehi, however, decided not to go down without a fight.

The first signs of life came for Lehi came when junior quarterback Hayden Betts drove Lehi down the field in an attempt to answer Jordan’s most recent score. The drive ended with Betts finding wide receiver Gentry Cox for a 15-yard touchdown with 5:36 left in the half.

It looked like Lehi was going to get the ball right back when they forced Jordan to punt on the next possession, but Lehi muffed the punt and Jordan recovered. The Beetdiggers took advantage when two plays later, as Shaver rushed for 21-yards and a touchdown to extend the lead to 28-7.

That looked to be the halftime score until with 1:19 left in the half, Lehi got an interception that set them up on the 49-yard line. Lehi was able to get the ball in the end zone with 36-seconds left and the two teams went to halftime with the score 28-14.

In the second half, Jordan pulled away and never looked back after recovering an onside kick attempt from Lehi to start the half. They went on to score and the blowout began.

Jordan held Lehi scoreless in the second half until it was far too late for the Pioneers. In the final minutes, Cox caught another touchdown to give Jordan 56 points on the night.

“It’s just the same stuff every day. We have been getting better every week since preseason and our lines been doing an awesome job, so we are just going to stay with it,” Shaver said regarding preparation for the next round of the playoffs.

Jordan moves to the next round of the playoffs to be played next week.

Jeff Thomas

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