PROVO — For years Jordan High football was known for its offense, putting up video-game-like numbers to blast opponents. But things are changing — perhaps for the better — for the Beetdiggers under coach Kaleo Teriipaia, who is in his second year at the helm.
Serving as strong evidence for Teriipaia’s defensive approach was Friday’s 18-7 win at Timpview, which saw the Beetdiggers set the tone and make big plays throughout to limit the Thunderbirds’ offense.
“We wanted to send a message that Jordan is not just an offensive team anymore,” Teriipaia said. “We’re an all-around team. Jordan is known for defense now, not just for offense.”
The defensive unit set the tone early snuffing out two Timpview fourth-down attempts in the first half.
The first came on a fourth-and-goal situation from Jordan’s own 2-yard line, with the T-birds leading 7-6. The second came as the first half wore down, on a fourth-and-3 situation from Jordan’s 45-yard line.
“That was big-time,” Teriipaia said of the defensive stops. “We knew it was going to be a defensive and we had to produce or get out.”
Of course it wasn’t just the defense that produced Friday. The offense, led by running back Jake Shaver, provided enough to keep the T-birds from playing behind throughout.
Shaver opened up the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter, but it was his 83-yard scamper into the end zone in the third quarter that really changed things while giving the Beetdiggers a 12-7 lead.
“That was big and Shaver has always been Mr. Consistent,” Teriipaia said. “Shaver is our big-play guy. He’s our workhorse and we count on him quite a bit.”
Fittingly it was a defensive play that sealed things up, with Quinten Kafentzis picking off a pass with 3:04 remaining to snuff out any hopes Timpview had of a …read more
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