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West Jordan quarterback Ryan Wilson finds himself in the middle of the pile during the Jaguars' impressive victory over Hillcrest on Friday.

West Jordan quarterback Ryan Wilson finds himself in the middle of the pile during the Jaguars’ impressive victory over Hillcrest on Friday.

Mike Terry for the Deseret Morning News

It was billed as the passing game vs. the ground game, but in the end, the passing game was grounded in West Jordan's 51-20 victory over Hillcrest on Friday night.

With the exception of the first 14 seconds of the game, West Jordan seemed in command in moving to 2-0 on the young season. The Jags' Mike Meifu rushed for 166 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns; quarterback Ryan Wilson carried 17 times for 117 yards and three scores; and the West Jordan defense kept Hillcrest's passing game relatively in check. But things didn't start out too well for the host Jags.

Hillcrest's Jace Allen returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a score, and the Huskies were out quickly. The Jaguars responded with an impressive 81-yard, 13-play drive, all rushing plays, with Anthony Tincher scoring from 12 yards out to even things at 7 all. Hillcrest came right back, as quarterback Adam Eastman completed four passes for 62 yards, including a 45-yarder to Allen for another score, and it was 14-7 Huskies as the first quarter ended.

But on the quarter's final play, West Jordan's offense fooled everyone when Wilson completed a 63-yard bomb to Tincher. That eventually set up Wilson's one-yard dive to even the game at 14 apiece.

"I think coming back again for that second score was huge for us," said center Jeff Job, who despite his 5-7, 165-pound frame held his own all night, along with the entire O-line for West Jordan. "We just knew we had to get up for it every time we came to the line."

The Jaguars scored twice more before the half to take control. After forcing Hillcrest to punt for the first time, West Jordan marched 65 yards in just six plays, the final three yards from Meifu. Following another defensive stand, the Jags went 52 yards in just five plays, as Wilson broke free for a 26-yard score in the final minute of the half to give West Jordan a 28-14 lead.

The second half belonged to Meifu, who scored on a 20-yard run in the third quarter, then from the two-yard line in the final period. Wilson also scored on a one-yard dive, and caught a two-point conversion pass from Tincher on a trick play.

"I give all the credit to my O-line for our success," Meifu said. "Execution, that's what made the difference tonight for us. We play as a team, and our linemen work harder than anybody."

"We are playing one game at a time," Wilson added. "We stay focused as a team and just worry about the team we're playing. We're not looking ahead."

But it will be hard for West Jordan not to. The Jags rushed for 354 yards, and perhaps just as importantly, held Hillcrest's talented passing attack to 169 yards. That kind of effort each week could take the Jags a long way this season.