SANDY — There is, perhaps, nothing more beautiful to a football coach than to see the seconds ticking off the scoreboard clock when his team is holding a lead.
For West Jordan's Jim Boyce, that view was magnificent Thursday night at Jordan as the Jaguars improved to 3-0 on the young season with a 21-10 victory.
"It was a great football game," Boyce said. "We knew what we had to do when we got here and the boys really just did it. I'm very pleased with the way we ran the football."
West Jordan's Mike Meifu turned in a workman-like performance - churning out 129 yards of rushing on 26 carries as the Jaguars turned clock management into an art form.
With the Beetdiggers falling behind by two scores, the Jags simply put the ball in the hands of Meifu, as well as Anthony Tincher, Scott Leach and quarterback Ryan Wilson.
Despite running 60 offensive plays, only nine of those were passing plays and the constant ground attack led to minutes ticking off the clock unstopped while Jordan watched almost helpless. West Jordan ran up 291 yards of rushing offense while limiting the 'Diggers to just 92.
And when the Jaguars did decide to put the ball in the air, they were fairly effective.
Wilson found tight end Regan Bushnell wide open on a pair of passes with the second being a 30-yard play that put the ball on the one-inch line. Wilson followed his line into the end zone on the next play to give West Jordan the final scoring margin.
"We knew we'd come out and have to move the ball well to beat Jordan," Wilson said.
The Beetdiggers seemed to find the perfect motivation late in the first half and threatened to send the Jaguars to their first loss of the season instead of suffering that fate themselves.
When Meifu bulled himself across the line for the game's first touchdown, the ball cam popping out. The officials ruled he had crossed the plane prior to fumbling and the touchdown stood. Jordan, however, used the perceived injustice as motivation and quickly evened things up.
After Scotty Ebert returned the kick to the Jaguars' 48-yard line, Sean Taylor found Cody Raymond on a slant route that become a 48-yard catch and run into the endzone with 1:55 to play in the half.
West Jordan fumbled the ball on the next offensive play but the Beetdiggers were unable to put any points on the board despite having the ball on the 17 with nearly two minutes to play.
After that, the game was all about Meifu and burning yardage as well as minutes.
"When you can run the ball," Meifu said, "it's a sign of toughness. We wanted to show them we were a tough team."
For the Beetdiggers, the game came down to missed opportunities.
"We just didn't make the big plays when we were wide open," Jordan coach Alex Jacobsen said. The Jaguars will look to stay unbeaten next week when they take on Lone Peak while Jordan will try to get back on track against Bingham.