SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Jordan High has been the most dominant team in the state all year, and they proved it when it counted the most, beating Syracuse in the 5A championship game at Rice-Eccles Stadium, 58-2.
Sophomore quarterback Austin Kafentzis threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for three more scores as the Beetdiggers built a state championship record 51-0 halftime lead. Jordan scored touchdowns on its first eight possessions.
"I'm speechless," Kafentzis said after the game. "I really don't have words right now. My team came out and we performed. We were almost perfect on offense, and our defense was amazing. They said some things in the papers, and we took it to heart and dominated."
Clay Moss rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, and scored on a 32-yard screen pass that began the offensive assault. Mason Krueger caught two touchdowns, while defensive lineman LaVontae Calhoun recorded a safety for the defense.
Syracuse came into the game undefeated, but without starting quarterback Brock Anderson, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in the quarterfinals, the Titans could not get anything going on offense. Backup quarterback Kole Tracy completed just 4 of 7 passes for 35 yards before getting benched.
Syracuse managed just 62 yards of total offense, and surrendered 58 points after giving up just 70 points all season.
Jordan claims its first state championship since 1994, and with both Kafentzis and Moss returning next year, the Beetdiggers will be the favorites to win another.
In the 4A title game, Timpview quarterback Jake Lloyd led the Thunderbirds to a thrilling 38-31 double overtime victory over Mountain Crest.
Lloyd threw three touchdowns in the second half and overtime, and scored on a 7-yard run for the go-ahead touchdown in the second overtime. Pita Taumoepenu sealed the win, sacking Mountain Crest quarterback Jamison Webb on 4th down.
The Mustangs took a 9-7 halftime lead, thanks to a touchdown on a double pass from Eddy Hall to Kaden Lindsey. The game turned into a see-saw battle in the second half. Mountain Crest took a 17-7 lead on a touchdown pass from Webb to Faimafili Laulu-Pututau. Timpview rallied back on an 81-yard touchdown pass from Lloyd to Dax Raymond and a 27-yard strike to Britain Covey.
After Mountain Crest reclaimed the lead on Webb's second touchdown pass to Laulu-Pututau, Tyler Solarzano sent the game into overtime on the final play of regulation with a 31-yard field goal.
The Mustangs struck first in the first overtime on an 11-yard touchdown run by Hall. It appeared as though the game would end on a 4th down sack, but as he was falling down, Lloyd found Chance Oldroyd wide open in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown to send the game to double overtime.
Timpview claims its sixth state championship in nine years and first since 2009.
In the 3A championship, Dixie beat Spanish Fork in a shootout, 49-21.
Flyers quarterback Blake Barney threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 173 yards and three more scores as Dixie pulled away in the 4th quarter.
Lukas Hildebrandt caught seven passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns for Dixie.
"It's the best feeling in the world," said a jubilant Barney. "To do this with my teammates, my friends, my brothers, this is the greatest thing in my life."
"I knew our offense was really good," said Hildebrandt. "I knew if we executed, we could do anything. I've been dreaming since I was a kid for this, and it happened!"
After falling behind 21-7 at the half, Spanish Fork stormed back to within a touchdown on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Jason Money to Brandon Bennett. But Barney put the game away with a 63-yard touchdown run, followed by a 36-yard scoring jaunt.
Tyson Graff capped the scoring with a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown.
This is Dixie's first state championship since 1998.
Timpview and Mountain Crest play for the 4A championship later tonight.