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Tempers flare in West Jordan

WEST JORDAN — Even after West Jordan's 59-25 win over Copper Hills Friday night, coaches and players were ready for more action. Despite the lopsided score, both teams played with an intensity that eventually turned to frustration and annoyance, leading to a brief scuffle after the game.

In action on the field, the Jaguars' Leroy Love rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns, and quarterback Cache Morgan added three touchdowns of his own. West Jordan managed to take advantage of the play-action pass a bit, with junior receiver Jordan Weirick grabbing four catches for 137 yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars defense stymied the Grizzlies offense throughout the night, holding them to just two first downs.

Tempers boiled after the game, when West Jordan head coach Mike Morgan immediately ran out to midfield and had a heated conversation with Copper Hills head coach Art Erickson. A shoving match involving some players, assistants and a West Jordan manager ensued, with security eventually having to break up the minor melee. Neither coach was available for comment after the game.

Cache Morgan scored the game's first points with a 12-yard dash that followed five consecutive carries by Love. On their next drive, Love toted the ball eight times for 45 yards, scoring on a goal line dive. The pattern repeated through the night, as the senior continuously ran up the gut behind a tenacious offensive line that opened holes big enough to drive trucks through.

As the first half drew to a close, the Grizzlies jumped into the game with two unconventional touchdowns. Mike Erickson took a squib kick 67 yards to the end zone to give Copper Hills its first score of the night. West Jordan then drove deep into Grizzly territory with less than a minute left, but Kendall Gritton intercepted Morgan's pass at the goal line. Gritton sprinted past the Jags for the 99-yard score to end the half at 32-12.

The trend continued in the second half, as West Jordan was simply standing at the line watching the clock run down before snapping the ball at the last second at one point in the fourth.

The winner of West Jordan and Kearns next Thursday earns a spot in the playoffs, while Copper Hills will need to upset Bingham to keep their chances alive.