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W. JORDAN FINALLY GETS A TROPHY

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Although they never talked about it, the one thing the West Jordan football players wanted this year was a region championship trophy. The football trophy case has been empty ever since West Jordan became a school a decade ago.

The Jaguars finally earned that region trophy Thursday night with a 48-14 thumping of the host Cyprus Pirates, who had a chance to grab a share of the region title with a victory."There's nothing, no trophy at the school," said Coach Rick Bojak, just minutes after his team had been presented with a region trophy in ceremonies on the Cyprus field. "We didn't even have this (to win the region) as a goal this year. We just kept telling the kids to play one game at a time."

The last two years, West Jordan had tied for the Region 3 championship. If the Jaguars had lost Thursday, they would have tied again, finishing in a three-way tie with Cyprus and Hunter, which finished 6-1 with a win over Kearns earlier in the day. If they'd lost, not only would the Jaguars have forfeited their region trophy, they would have ended up the No. 3 seed for the state playoffs, based on a coin flip conducted earlier in the day.

The Jaguars wasted no time making sure of this one, scoring on their first three possessions and building a 34-7 lead late in the first half. Versatile Jason Nelson passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more in addition to booting six extra points.

Before fans had even settled into their seats, three touchdowns had been put on the board. Facing a 3rd-and-5 situation on their first series, the Jaguars used some trickery as Nelson pitched back to Matt Doman, who stopped and fired a pass to a streaking Matt Davis for a 64-yard TD play.

The Pirates came right back with a 64-yard touchdown run by Brian Blanchard. It took the Jaguars just three plays to score again as Nelson hit Doman with a 75-yard touchdown pass. Then after blocking a punt, the Jaguars scored on a 19-yard pass from Nelson to Jim Richards.

Midway through the second quarter, Nelson ran 3 yards for a score and late in the half Aaron Winter ran 12 yards to pay dirt.

Cyprus connected on a 19-yard pass from Jeff Brimhall to Anthony Johnson right before the half to make it 34-14. West Jordan added a pair of touchdowns early in the second half on runs by Winter and Nelson.

"They were a better team," said Cyprus Coach Jerry Simonson. "It was not our night tonight, but 5-2 - we'll take that in a heartbeat."

In next week's playoffs, the Pirates will face the No. 2 team from Region 4, which could be one of several teams, depending on what happens Friday night.

West Jordan will play host to the winner of the Kearns-Weber playoff game, which will be played early next week.

Hunter 17, Kearns 7

Hunter standout RB Juan Johnson suited up for Thursday's game at Hunter, but didn't play, as the Wolverines downed Kearns at home. Hunter's David Castro rushed for 195 yards and a TD, while the Hunter defense held the Cougars to just 160 yards of total offense. David Hancock returned an interception 35 yards for a TD to put Hunter ahead in the 3rd quarter. Hunter plays Region 4's No. 3 finisher in the playoffs.

Taylorsville 22, Granger 21

Lou Phung carried the ball 32 times for 238 yards and 2 TDs, including the one that helped put the Warriors ahead with 9:03 left in the game to send T-ville to victory at Granger. After Phung's last TD, the Warriors trailed 21-20, and Floyd Johnson scored a 2-point conversion to put T-ville ahead. Jason Dixon had 2 TDs for Granger. Both teams finished 1-6 in league play.

Bingham 35, Hillcrest 7

The Miners crushed the Huskies at home, improving their Region 3 record to 4-3 and sewing up fourth place due to Kearns' loss to Hunter. Bingham will face Region 4's No. 1 team, most likely Timpview, in next week's playoffs.