The long plane ride back to Utah will be a joyous one for Jordan High School, the Beetdiggers pulled out a controversial, last second 27-24 victory over Massillon Washington.
The game was back and forth from the get go, Jordan scored first on a 20-yard touchdown run by quarterback Alex Hart. In the second quarter, the Tigers answered back as their quarterback, Michael Clark ran in for the score. After a four yard Brayden Dimond touchdown run for Jordan, the Tigers again answered, this time with a one yard J.T. Turner touchdown plunge to make the score 14-14 going into the half.
The two squads again exchanged touchdowns which brought to game to 21-21 at the start of the fourth quarter. Massillon would take the 24-21 lead on a Jeremy Gaier field goal from 32-yards, that’s where the controversy began.
The Tigers got the ball back with a chance to put the game out of reach, when a Clark pass was broken up by a monstrous hit. The officials ruled the play a fumble and Jordan got the ball in Tiger territory. The Massillon defense would hold them to a field goal, but the score was tied at 24-24.
The controversy certainly did not stop there as Jordan drove the field with only 50 seconds to play and got themselves into field goal territory. With just seconds to play, Hart completed a pass to the Tiger 19-yard line. The offense quickly hurried to the line, but a clock issue had the clock momentarily stopped at one second. With the extra time, the Beetdiggers quickly ran their field goal unit onto the field and kicked the game winning field goal as time expired.
Tigers coaches pleaded their case as fans booed and jeered, but to no avail as the game was over and Jordan was the victor. After a long celebration, Jordan went to their locker room and re-emerged and began cleaning the stands where the Massillon fans had been sitting.
“The fans booed us and we may have celebrated too much,” said Jordan coach Alex Jacobson, “so I had the kids do this as a show of respect.”
The Michigan bound Turner finished with 128 rushing yards and the touchdown. Cory Hunt lead Jordan with 10 catches for 79 yards.
Scout.com MVP of the game: Jordan quarterback Alex Hart went 31 of 42 for 294 yards and also had 77 rushing yards a score on the ground. He also showed outstanding poise as he lead the drive which set up the game winning field goal. An extra special honorable mention goes out to the Beetdigger offensive line which was outstanding all game long.
Jordan players clean up the stands following their win (Bob Lichtenfels photo)
Scout.com will have photos, video and scouting reports from this game and the rest of the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Series up over the next few days.