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High school football: Jordan Beetdiggers 2017 preview

Note: Jordan finished with an 8-3 overall record in 2016 and was second in Region 3 with a 5-1 record. It lost to Lone Peak 59-37 in the 5A quarterfinals.

Jordan 2016 Offensive and Defensive Stats

SANDY — Boasting the top offense in 5A in 2016, quarterback Crew Wakley and the Beetdiggers led the team to the state quarterfinals, losing to Lone Peak.

First-year coach Kaleo Teriipaia hopes that coaching a more balanced team could lead Jordan even further in 2017.

He says it starts in the trenches, with the offensive and defensive lines.

“We’ve been holding lineman camps here at Jordan. We have had four O-line and D-line camps that have helped our linemen tremendously," he said.

Jordan was able to run up the score against a lot of the competition, including a 91-point game at Taylorsville.

But, in two of its three total losses, the Jordan defense gave up 58 and 59 points.

Teriipia said a major goal for the team is to get better with its workouts as well.

“One of the things we changed this offseason is our workout regiment is totally different," he said, adding, "The kids have gotten a lot bigger, a lot faster and a lot stronger.”

Having lost two of the state's best receivers in Spencer Curtis and Isiah Jackson to graduation, the team will need other players, such as Wakley to step up and shoulder the load as senior leaders.

Jordan Beetdiggers at a glance

Coach: Kaleo Teriipaia is beginning his first season with Jordan. In 2016, he was a defensive assistant with the Utah State Aggies.


Jordan Offensive Snapshot

2016 Offensive Production: 45.7 ppg (1st in 5A)

-- Spread offense

-- 7 returning starters

Key returning offensive starters:

Crew Wakley (QB) - Wakley accumulated 1,356 rushing yards, to go along with 3,509 passing yards, and had 60 total touchdowns in 2016. Look for him to run the offense again this season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALf157XYADMAlec Evans (RB) - After Wakley, Evans was the team's leading rusher last year, accumulating 886 yards and seven touchdowns. If the team is to be more balanced, expect his carries and production to rise.

Returning offensive starters:

Crew Wakley (QB)

Alec Evans (RB)

Ethan Bolingbroke (WR/RB)

Jake Shaver (WR)

Nick Cobley (OL)

Griffin Etulain (OL)

Chandler Jones (OL)

Offensive newcomers to watch:

Kale Wakley (WR)

Ben Lisk (WR)

Teriipaia's comments on new wide receivers:

“One definitely is Ben Lisk. He’s a returner and a junior. He’ll be one of our big wideouts. Crew’s little brother Kale should be tough as nails. The kid doesn’t miss a ball that hits his hands, so we have got a whole bunch of options.”

Wakley's comments on new wide receivers:

"It's always hard to lose two of the best, if not the top wide receivers in Utah, but the guys have been working really hard."

Teriipaia's comments on Crew Wakley:

“He’s the sergeant general. He tells everyone where to line up, where to go, how to go and how to do it. He’s kind of our major motor that runs the offense.”

Keys for offensive success this season:

Having the top scoring team in 5A and the returning one of the top QB's in the state bodes well for this year's offense. The key will be the production of the team's new wide receiving corps. Besides Jake Shaver, none of the team's wide receivers caught for over 150 yards total last season.


Jordan Defensive Snapshot

2016 defensive production: 34.6 ppg (24th in 5A)

-- 6 returning starters

-- 4-3 defense

Key returning defensive starters:

-- Tigo Luizzi (S) -Luizzi was 2016's team leader in tackles, with 67, and should lead a balanced defense that hopes to stop the run this season.

Returning defensive starters:

Tigo Luizzi (S) Beau McRae (LB/DB) Thomas Williams (DL)

Defensive newcomers to watch: Hunter Swapp (S)

Teriipaia's comments on the team's reaction to the new defense:

“We’ve got an attacking defense, and all the kids have bought into it. Now the kids love what we’re doing.”

Teriipaia's comments on the team's main defensive goal:

"Stopping the run, and becoming a more balanced team.”

Kicker Emily Bluemel's comments on communication:

"The way we communicate is way better than last year, so we're really improving on that."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BzY8GNK2qgKeys for defensive success in 2017:

Jordan had a bad habit of giving up a ton of points last year. In its quarterfinal loss to Lone Peak, it surrendered 59. With the team's high-flying offense, it will be important to slow the game down and make the most of each defensive possession.


Coaches preseason Region 7 straw poll: Fourth

Deseret News Region 7 prediction: Fifth

Key region game: vs. Timpview, Oct. 12 (week 9)


Bottom line: This team could, again, be the top-scoring offense in the state, with the talent on that side of the ball. The question will be if Teriipaia's new defensive techniques will be enough to stop other teams from scoring just as much. This could be another exciting season for the Beetdiggers, and fans should appreciate their last year with Crew Wakley under center.

2017 Schedule

Aug. 18 — at Desert Hills, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 — at Syracuse, 7 p.m.

Sept. 1 — PLEASANT GROVE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 — TAYLORSVILLE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 — at Springville, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 — at Brighton, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 — COTTONWOOD, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 — at Alta, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 — TIMPVIEW, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 — at Corner Canyon, 7 p.m.

Felt’s Facts for Jordan High School

All-time record: 542-419-28 (107 years)

Region championships: 26 (1931, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1958, 1961, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988 co, 1989, 1991, 1993 co, 1994, 1998, 2002 co, 2005-co, 2012)

Playoff appearances: 46

Current playoff appearance streak: 12 (2005-2016)

All-time playoff record: 55-34

State championships: 12 (1931, 1934, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1994, 2012)

State championship record: 12-4

Most played rivalry: 66 meetings with Granite dating back to 1909. Jordan leads the series 32-29-5. Last met in 1994.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Jordan holds the season passing record of 4,467 set in 2009. ... Beetdigger Alex Hart set a state record — and tied a national record — by throwing eight TD passes in a game in 2009. ... Hart holds the season record for average total offense per game with 415.5 yards, set in 2009. ... Cody Raymond holds the career TD reception record (tied with Fremont’s Austin Raught) at 41.

Last 5

2016 — 8-3 (5-1 in Region 3 – 5A Quarterfinals)

2015 — 8-3 (5-1 in Region 3 – 5A First round)

2014 — 8-4 (3-2 in Region 3 – 5A Quarterfinals)

2013 — 7-6 (3-2 in Region 3 – 5A Semifinals)

2012 — 12-1 (5-0 in Region 3 – 5A Champions)

Jordan coaching history

2017 — Kaleo Teriipaia (0-0)

2009-2016 — Eric Kjar (69-29)

2003-2008 — Alex Jacobson (35-32)

1989-2002 — Jim Birch (80-64)

1986-1988 — Al Watrin (22-11)

1980-1985 — Rick Bojak (46-23)

1978-1979 — Bob Andrus (4-13)

1973-1977 — Doug Berry (16-31)

1972 — Tom Keller (1-8)

1971 — Ray Odette (3-7)

1969-1970 — Randy Autentico (2-13-3)

1967-1968 — Dean Stringham (5-13)

1966 — Bob Sanchez (1-8)

1965 — Tom Louazt (3-6)

1962-1964 — Evert Jones (14-11-1)

1961 — Glen Jackson (9-1)

1954-1960 — Howard Linford (19-35)

1950-1953 — Dale Sorensen (21-13-3)

1935-1949 — Dunn Taylor (106-29-7)

1931-1934 — Eddie Kimball (31-5-2)

1928-1930 — E.G. Foxley (9-10-1)

1920-1927 — O.D. Ballard (22-27-6)

1919 — Spike Gardner (5-2)

1918 — Parker Pratt (0-0)

1914-1917 — "Blondy" Hamilton (10-12-1)

1913 — unknown (2-4)

1909-1912 — O.G. Dutton (7-12-1)

Deseret News Mr. Football recipients

2012 — Austin Kafentzis, QB

Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years

2014 — Austin Kafentzis, QB

2012 — B.J. Cavender, OL

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

2016 — Crew Wakley, QB

2016 — Spencer Curtis, WR

2016 — Heneli Avendano, DT

2015 — Drew Lisk, QB

2015 — Justin Cobbley, OL

2014 — Spencer Curtis, WR

2013 — Austin Kafentzis, QB

2013 — Mason Krueger, WR

2013 — Cooper Clark, DB

2012 — Clay Moss, RB

2012 — Zach Larsen, OL

2012 — Tyshon Mosley, OL

2012 — Tyler Swan, LB

2012 — Cooper Clark, DB

2011 — Austin Kafentzis, QB

2011 — B.J. Cavendar, OL

2011 — Hayden Babka, LB

2010 — McCoy Hill, QB

2010 — Taylor Loomis, WR

2009 — Alex Hart, QB

2009 — Braden Hammond, WR

2008 — Alex Hart, QB

2008 — Vyncent Jones, OL

2007 — Cody Raymond, RB

2007 — Vyncent Jones, OL

To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.