WEST JORDAN — Mike Meifu rushed 20 times for 137 yards and four touchdowns, while the West Jordan defense held Pleasant Grove to just 4 yards rushing on 16 attempts as the Jaguars defeated the Vikings 34-7 in the 5A state quarterfinals.
West Jordan coach Mike Morgan had preached to his team the importance of this game and how his players can go down in history.
And they already have, as this is the first Jaguar squad to advance to the semifinals of the state playoffs, and he hopes his team isn't finished
"I'm really proud of my team," Morgan said. "This is really exciting for the community, for these young men and the school."
Morgan also gave a lot of credit to his front line both on offense and defense.
"Mike (Meifu) did what he did all year," Morgan said. "He gives the same effort every week, but he wouldn't be able to do it without the offensive line, guys like Jeff Job, Jared Glore and Cody Bremes."
The line reciprocated Morgan's feelings, giving credit to the coaches and how they prepared them for the game.
"It's all about the coaches," D-lineman Bryce Williams said. "They're the hardest working coaches in the state."
Besides bottling up the Vikings' running attack, the Jaguars' defensive line was also credited with three sacks, including one apiece by Glore and Alex Pederson.
West Jordan got on the board early, scoring on its opening drive. It methodically drove the ball up field, running the ball 13 times and culminating in a 13-yard score by Meifu.
The Vikings were undaunted by the early score. They also quickly drove up the field behind the passing of Zach Brady, who completed 4-of-7 passes for 44 yards before their drive stalled at the Jaguar 4-yard line.
Pleasant Grove attempted a field goal, but that attempt was blocked by Ryan Wilson.
After turning the ball over and forcing a Pleasant Grove punt, West Jordan took over on the Viking 40-yard line. It scored eight plays later on a 3-yard plunge by Meifu.
On the ensuing possession, the Jaguar defense forced Pleasant Grove into another four-and-out, which led to their third touchdown of the game — this one coming on an 8-yard run by Wilson. Then West Jordan got a little greedy. It attempted an onsides kick, which it almost recovered before the ball squirted out of bounds
This gave Pleasant Grove the ball on its own 40-yard line. It was able to drive it to the Jaguar 25 before the drive stalled.
West Jordan added two more touchdowns on 1- and 3-yard runs by Meifu to close out its scoring.
Pleasant Grove finally got on the board in the fourth quarter when Kyler Frampton hit Tyson Keetch for a 7-yard touchdown.
Morgan gave Pleasant Grove credit.
"They (Pleasant Grove) deserved to be here," Morgan said. "They fought hard all the way to the end."
West Jordan will take the field next against Skyline in the semifinals at Rice-Eccles Stadium next week.