After rumbling through Jordan's defense for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 26 punishing carries, Hillcrest's Zack Johanson cracked a wide smile standing on the Beetdiggers' home turf shortly after the Huskies' 27-7 triumph.
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"It feels good,' said the 6-foot, 215-pound senior running back. "I don't like Jordan too much."
When pressed as to why, Johanson shrugged his shoulders and mentioned something about random off-the-field incidents.
Sandy, after all, is a relatively small world, and games between local area high schools seem to fuel the competitive fires.
A brief post-game confrontation between a couple of assistant coaches from each school was evidence of a little bad blood between the two programs.
Hillcrest coach Bruce Takeno — relishing in his first win over the Beetdiggers in six years — brushed off the post-game incident, saying "that's just high school stuff. I respect their players and coaches — we're just trying to compete hard. More than winning over Jordan, I'm just happy to be 2-0 in region."
Takeno praised his star running back, and mentioned his team's work in the trenches as keys to the game. The Huskies racked up 344 yards of total offense compared to just 181 for Jordan.
Hillcrest broke out to a quick 7-0 lead three minutes into the game on a 29-yard touchdown strike from John Eastman to Tyson Dodds, and then bumped its advantage to 14-0 on a six-yard Johanson run. The latter touchdown was set up by Jordan quarterback Joey Collins' fumble off a bad snap.
Phil Poloa got the 'Diggers within seven at 14-7 on a nifty 62-yard TD scamper, but Hillcrest took away Jordan's momentum when Eastman hit Sefesi Sitake on a 61-yard pass for a 20-7 Husky lead at the half.
"Fundamentals," replied Jordan coach Alex Jacobson, when asked what his team needed to work on. "We're not out of it, we just have to fix some things. We felt like we played a pretty good game, we just have to establish better fundamentals."