High school football teams be warned: if you have a winning streak going, don't travel to West Jordan to play the Jaguars.
Timpview, the defending state champion, found that out during the first game of the year, as West Jordan pulled an upset to end the Thunderbirds' streak of 11 straight wins.Friday night it was Hunter's turn to be the victim. The second-ranked Wolverines came into the game 4-0, but West Jordan quarterback Jason Nelson led his team to a 28-25 upset victory. West Jordan hasn't lost at home in the last two seasons.
"They moved the ball on us the entire game," Hunter coach Mike Fraser said. "Their line was blowing us off the ball. No team this year has been able to stop their quarterback."
Both teams are now 4-1 overall, but the win gives West Jordan the big edge in Region 3, with a 3-0 mark to the Wolverines' 2-1.
Nelson ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns, passed for a TD and kicked four extra points. At the end of the game when the Jags were trying to run the clock out, Nelson carried the ball seven straight times.
"Nelson does a great job running our option," West Jordan coach Rick Bojak said. "When we run our offense like we should, no one should be able to stop us."
West Jordan scored first on a 52-yard run by Aaron Winter early in the first quarter, but Hunter responded with a touchdown of its own on a 20-yard run by quarterback David Hancock.
With 4:24 to play in the second quarter Nelson score his first touchdown on a one-yard keeper to give West Jordan a 14-7 lead. Hunter scored 11 points in the final three minutes of the half on a 67-yard touchdown bomb from Hancock to Chad Jex, a safety and a 29-yard field goal by Ben Decker to give the Wolverines a 18-14 lead at the half.
The Jags came out smoking in the third quarter, however. On the first play from scrimmage in the third, Nelson gained 47 yards on a run, setting up a 17-yard TD pass to Matt Davis. The next time West Jordan had the ball, the Jags went 63-yards on three plays with Nelson scoring on a 35-yard run, giving West Jordan a 28-18 lead late in the third quarter.
West Jordan tried an onsides kick on the ensuing kickoff that failed, and Hunter capitalized with a 35-yard TD run by David Castro, pulling the Wolverines to within three, 28-25.
In the fourth quarter Hunter missed two scoring opportunities.
Kearns 21, Granger 19
At Kearns, the Cougars managed to break into the win column in region play as they came from behind to down the Lancers. Todd Hillam threw for 2 TDs, finding Lenny Gray and Scott Carlson for the scoring strikes. Troy Lockhart added a 3-yard scoring dash to round out the scoring for Kearns.
Cyprus 17, Bingham 14
Todd Blanchard made a 27-yard field goal in overtime to provide the difference in the Pirates' win over Bingham. Jeff Brimhall completed 6 of 7 passes on the final 83-yard drive of regulation to set up the TD pass to Bryan Blanchard for Cyprus that forced the game to overtime. Anthony Johnson's interception set up the winning field goal.
Hillcrest 28, Taylorsville 14
The Huskies scored four unanswered TDs, as Darrin Stroud hit three different receivers for scores and Telly Esplin, who had 75 yards rushing, had a 16-yard TD run. Hillcrest improved to 2-1 in the region, while dropping the Warriors to 0-3.