Forget the long wait it took Jordan High to make a starring role under the Friday night lights. From the looks of the 34-19 romp over West Jordan, the Beetdiggers proved they're nothing but ready for Prime Time.
"This was the icing on the cake for a big night," said Jordan coach Jim Birch. "We capped it off well on both sides of the ball."Senior tailback Cody Jamison helped Jordan annoint its new field and lights into a blockbuster stage with 206 yards rushing on 12 carries. After notching touchdowns from 61 and five yards out, Jamison finished with an 80-yard encore run into the end zone that dashed a Jaguars comeback.
"He was an all-stater last year on a 1-7 team, that should tell you something," Birch said of Jamison. "He's worked hard in the offseason. He's just one of those kids that don't slow down once you put them in a uniform."
Trailing 3-0 after the first quarter, Jamison went to work against the Jaguars by blasting off for a slashing 61-yard run that included three broken tackles.
After a two point conversion and a Steve Capps blocked punt for the Diggers deep in Jaguar territory, Nick Rico barreled over the stripe for a 14-3 lead.
West Jordan suffered its biggest slip on the next drive after marching 71 yards only to fumble on the Diggers' 9-yard line. Penalties and turnovers plagued the Jaguars' first four drives in the first half, before they capitalized with a touchdown and field goal in the final 30 seconds before the break.
Rico tacked on a seven more points with a weaving run from 23 yards out and Jamison scored two drives later with a five-yard plunge to make it 27-12. By then the Jaguars evaded their running game to make up for earlier mishaps. Quarterback Tony Dressen hit Kevin Hicks to pull the Jaguars within eight.
"There were a lot of mental mistakes that put us back," said West Jordan coach Rick Bojak. "We had to pass and we're not a passing team. If we eliminate four or five big plays we're back in the game.
On the next play from scrimmage, Jamison followed lead blocker Josh Linton and galloped by the winded Jags to seal the contest. "Not until I got through the line did I see (Linton)," Jamison said. "He didn't even know I was coming that way either."
"Give them credit," Bojak added. "They're big and they're fast and they just played well tonight."