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High school football: Jordan Beetdiggers 2019 preview

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Note: Jordan finished with a 6-5 overall record in 2018 and was second in Region 7 with a 4-1 record. It lost to Skyridge 58-34 in the 5A quarterfinals.

Jordan 2018 offensive and defensive stats

SANDY — In his third year as head coach, Jordan High School head coach Kaleo Teriipaia is trying to build Jordan’s program.

“I think they’ve taken to my style quite well. We kind of weeded out the weak and kept the strong. The team I got this year is the team that I started with and been with the past three years. They’re kind of my babies. I’ve been able to help them develop and become to what they are,” Teriipaia said.

Jordan has a wealth of experience returning at offensive line and wide receiver, including returning wide receiver Payton Yack. It will just have to figure out the quarterback and running back positions. On defense, Jordan is more inexperienced, but does have a star returning in Izayah Fawson.

Team at a glance

Coach: Kaleo Teriipaia

Team offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: David Rolf 

2018 offensive production: 33.1 ppg (5th in 5A)

— 6 returning starters

— Spread offense

Key offensive returning starters

— Payton Yack (WR)

Had 349 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 2018.

— Motuga Tuileta (OL)

Will help anchor Jordan’s experienced offensive line this year

Returning offensive starters

Payton Yack (WR)

Kale Wakley (WR)

Motuga Tuileta (OL)

Emmaeus Lee-sang (OL)

Misiuepa Manusina (OL)

Tevita Halai (OL) 

Offensive newcomer to watch

Mason Paulo (WR)

Teriipaia’s comments on quarterback Kadius Fuimaono:

“He’s got a great arm, a great pocket presence. I think our quarterback position is pretty strong. We’ve got a good backup by the name of Zach Austin. I think both quarterbacks can deliver the rock and both quarterbacks are versatile, so like our quarterback position.

Teriipaia’s comments on offensive line:

“I think it’s going to help quite a bit in providing the quarterback that confidence and that time to sit in that pocket and make the throws he needs to make and the make decisions he needs to make. I’m going to be counting on them quite a bit this year.”

Teriipaia’s comments on running backs:

“The running back position is brand new. We lost one of our top running backs in the past two years in Jacob Shaver. In the past two years, he’s had over 2,500 yards and 50-something touchdowns, so that will definitely be a hard spot to fill, but, we’ve got a senior running back this year by the name of Landon Davenport who’s really fast and really quick, and then we also have got two backup running backs that are strong, headfirst and go run downhill in Manaia Tulaga and Jayden Filpe.”

Keys for offensive success in 2019:

Teriipaia says the key to offensive success is the offensive line protecting the quarterback, the quarterback making good decisions and receivers and running backs making good plays.

Team defensive snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Kaleo Teriipaia

2018 defensive production: 21.7 ppg (9th in 5A)

— 3 returning starters

— Odd front defense

Key defensive returning starters

— Izayah Fawson (LB)

Had 76 tackles and a sack last year.

— Manaia Tulaga (LB)

Had 32 tackles and a sack in 2018.

Returning defensive starters

Izayah Fawson (LB)

Manaia Tulaga (LB)

Tevita Mafileo’ (OLB)

Defensive newcomers to watch

Siddeeq McNeal (FS)

Heneli Bloomfiled (FS)

Gavin King (CB)

Teriipaia’s comments on defensive line:

“Defensive line, I lost all my seniors. One of the big names coming in, he started on offensive line for me last year by the name of Tavita Latu, he’s going to be playing the end position for me. I’ve also got a new transfer coming from Hillcrest, he’ll be the other one, Daniel Moleni.

Teriipaia’s comments on secondary:

“We’ve actually got some height, I’ve got a 6-foot-3 safety and I’ve got a 6-foot safety, a 6-foot-2 corner, which is something we’ve never had here at Jordan, we’ve never had that height. At linebacker, I’ve got a 6-foot-6 outside linebacker who’s kind of my nickel back who has an offer from Brigham Young University, and then my middle backer, a 6-foot-1 middle, is about 220 pounds that’s a solid as a rock. I like what we’ve got.”

Keys for defensive success in 2019:

Teriipaia’s keys to defensive success are stopping the run and being aggressive.

Coaches preseason Region 3 straw poll: Fourth

Deseret News Region 3 prediction: Fifth

Key region game: at Bingham, Oct. 11 (Week 8)

Bottom line

Jordan has a wealth of experience returning at offensive line and wide receiver, it will just have to figure out the quarterback and running back positions. On defense, Jordan is more inexperienced, but does have a star returning in Izayah Fawson.

2019 schedule

Aug. 16 — at Mission Hills, Calif., 7 p.m.

Aug. 23 — LONE PEAK, 7 p.m.

Aug. 30 — PLEASANT GROVE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 6 — at Corner Canyon, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 — RIVERTON, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 — at Herriman, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 — at Copper Hills, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 — at Bingham, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17 — EAST, 7 p.m.

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Felt’s Facts for Jordan High School

All-time record: 555-429-28 (109 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: 48

Current playoff appearance streak: 14 (2005-2018)

All-time playoff record: 57-36

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 Factoids: 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.

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Last five

  • 2018 — 6-5 (4-1 in Region 7 — 5A quarterfinals)
  • 2017 — 7-5 (2-3 in Region 7 — 5A quarterfinals)
  • 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)

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Jordan coaching history

  • 2017-current — Kaleo Teriipaia (13-11)
  • 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)

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Deseret News Mr. Football recipients

  • 2012 — Austin Kafentzis, QB

Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years

  • 2018 — Steve Street, OLB
  • 2018 — Wyatt Jones, CB
  • 2014 — Austin Kafentzis, QB
  • 2012 — B.J. Cavender, OL

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

  • 2017 — Crew Wakley, QB
  • 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

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