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Jordan Football receives all-state, national honors

Thursday, January 24, 2013684 views

Even after storming through a successful 8-1 season, followed by four decisive wins to claim the state championship, the hits just keep on coming for Jordan Football.

The Beetdiggers came away as the most honored team in the Deseret News’ all-state team. Selections to the squad, which are based on polls given to coaches throughout the state, were announced at the end of November.

The prestigious “Mr. Football” award, honoring the most valuable player across all divisions in the state, went to Jordan’s sophomore quarterback Austin Kafentzis.

In his second year as signal-caller for Jordan, Kafentzis avoided the sophomore slump in a very big way. While throwing for 2,860 yards and 31 touchdowns in the air, Kafentzis also rushed for 1,689 yards and 23 touchdowns.

On the ground and through the air, Kafentzis scored more points for Jordan this season than nine entire NFL teams scored this year. And he did so playing six fewer games.

Kafentzis’ 2013 campaign also earned him national honors from where he was selected as the National Sophomore of the Year. Last year, Kafentzis also earned the Freshman of the Year award from the stat-tracking website.

Earning the MVP award for the 5A class was senior center B.J. Cavendar. Jordan’s high-powered offense was bolstered by its offensive line, led by Cavendar,that allowed Jordan’s rushing game to rack up 3,944 yards and 58 touchdowns.

Jordan had five additional players selected to the 5A all-state first team, including Cavendar’s companions on the offensive line, seniors Zach Larsen and Tyshon Mosely.

Junior running back Clay Moss was also selected to the team. Moss ran for 1,111 yards and 22 touchdowns on 156 carries and an additional four touchdown receptions. He averaged more than 85 rushing yards per game.

Other first-team selections included senior linebacker Tyler Swan who led Jordan’s defense this year with a total of 136 tackles, two interceptions and 4.5 sacks. Freshman defensive back Cooper Clark, who was also selected to the all-state team, represented the younger side of the Beetdigger’s defense, racking up 107 tackles and seven interceptions in an impressive first-year campaign.

Earning second-team honors for Jordan were junior wide receiver Mason Krueger, who hauled in 63 receptions for 885 yards and nine touchdowns, and junior defensive lineman Mori Savini who led the team with 7.5 sacks along with 49 total tackles.

Jordan also received acclaim during the MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard. The tour presents a trophy to each team around the country that finished the football season ranked in the top 50 of all high school programs. The Beetdiggers finished the 2012 season ranked 30th in the nation.

The team received the award during a pep rally at the high school on Jan. 9. Utah Army National Guard Sgt. First Class Sam Bell presented the trophy, along with a banner recognizing the accomplishment, to head coach Eric Kjar.

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