With Bingham and Alta out of the equation — winners of the past five 5A state titles — a fresh face will be lifting a state championship trophy at Rice-Eccles Stadium next Friday.

Friday, 2:30 p.m. — Rice-Eccles Stadium (field turf)

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With Bingham and Alta out of the equation — winners of the past five 5A state titles — a fresh face will be lifting a state championship trophy at Rice-Eccles Stadium next Friday.

Most agree any of the four semifinalists have a realistic shot, but there's also an obvious favorite in undefeated and top-ranked Lone Peak.

Led by Ute-bound quarterback Chase Hansen, Lone Peak rolled over just about everybody this year averaging a 5A-best 39.1 ppg. Defensively, the Knights were an underrated bunch that surrendered just 14.8 ppg.

The same description applies to Lone Peak's semifinal opponent. Jordan features a high-flying offense in its own right with a 35.5 scoring average, while defensively it has been underrated as well, surrendering 14.0 ppg.

When they clash at Rice-Eccles Stadium this Friday at 2:30 p.m., it has the makings of a memorable 5A semifinal.

Though there are plenty of similarities between the teams, there's a huge age gap at quarterback. Lone Peak features Hansen, a senior who's racked up 3,362 combined passing and rushing yards and 46 touchdowns. Jordan leans on freshman Austin Kafentzis this year, and though he's thrown 18 interceptions, he's tallied 4,412 combined yards and 42 TDs.

Kafentzis was almost exclusively a passer early, but he's been even more dangerous with his feet the last month.

"At the start of the year I didn't want to run him a ton, just wanted him to more focus on our pass stuff, and as that's improved and got better we've just progressed more with using him in the run," said Jordan coach Eric Kjar.

When Kafentzis does throw, he spreads it around to four capable receivers in Taylor Dean, Mason Gajkowski, Taylor Loomis and Blake Miller.

"Offensively they're a typical Jordan team, they like to mix it up, run, pass and spread everybody out. Their quarterback, for a freshman, he's dang good," said McGeary.

Jordan's coach is confident nerves won't get the best of Kafentzis, but the reality is he's a freshman playing on the big stage for the first time in his career. Hansen will be playing his third game at Rice-Eccles Stadium, and he should be poised right from the get go.

"He's such a great leader out there, and he's smart enough to get the ball out of his hands into someone else and let them shoulder the work load as well," said McGeary. "He's done a great job for us all year, and we want to keep it going."

By his own lofty standards, Hansen had a relatively disappointing game during Lone Peak's 21-14 quarterfinal victory over Northridge last week, and McGeary says he's been even more focused.

Not surprisingly, both coaches pointed to turnovers as the key to the game. For Lone Peak, it knows full well that Kafentzis has thrown 18 interceptions this year and will try and force him into similar mistakes again.

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A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

Lone Peak leads the all-time series with Jordan, 2-0. ... The last meeting came in a Region 4 game last October, with Lone Peak prevailing 35-30. ... This is Jordan's 41st playoff appearance in 102 years of football, and 19th semifinal appearance. ... Its all-time semifinal record is 11-7, including a loss to Bingham in last year's semis. ... Lone Peak has qualified for the playoffs in 13 of 15 seasons, and is making its second straight semifinal appearance, and fourth overall. ... Jordan lost to Fremont in last year's semis. ... Lone Peak's only semifinal win came in 2004, when it beat Box Elder.

COACHING REPORT

Jordan coach Eric Kjar: Third-year coach at Jordan has guided his team to second straight semifinal appearance. His record in three years with the 'Diggers is 26-11.

Lone Peak coach Tony McGeary: Is wrapping up his fourth season at Lone Peak with his second straight semifinal appearance. All-time coaching record is 39-9.

JORDAN BEETDIGGERS DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

QB AUSTIN KAFENTZIS 2

Baron Gajkowski 11

RB AUSTIN GRANT 34

Clay Moss 25

WR MASON GAJKOWSKI 12

Andrew Wilcox 80

WR TAYLOR LOOMIS 7

Connor Ogden 15

WR TAYLOR DEAN 9

Dallas Otvos 10

WR BLAKE MILLER 4

Baron Gajkowski 11

RT AARON RUPENA 75

Spencer Tosch 60

RG TYSHON MOSLEY 72

Spencer Tosch 60

C BJ CAVENDAR 68

Ian Mose 61

LG ZACK LARSON 58

Dustin Barlow 54

LT IAN MOSE 61

Spencer Tosch 60

KR BLAKE MILLER 4

KR CLAY MOSS 25

K JEFF GASTON 14

Taylor Loomis 7

DEFENSE

DE BRAYDEN WOLF 90

Chantz Malae 45

DT MORI SAVINI 56

Eric Cordeiro 55

DT ERIC CORDEIRO 55

Zack Larson 58

DE BRYCE MAUSA 94

JD Davenport 46

OLB TAYLOR LOOMIS 7

Miu Lao 43

MLB HAYDEN BABKA 52

Clay Moss 25

MLB COLTON SHAVER 42

Clay Moss 25

OLB TYLER SWAN 8

Miu Lao 43

CB BRACKEN FRKOVICH 22

Blake Miller 4

CB JEROME VAITUU 24

Kalin Huntsman 23

FS TAYLOR DEAN 1

Durant Harrington 1

PR TYLER SWAN 8

P JEFF GASTON 14

LONE PEAK KNIGHTS DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

QB CHASE HANSEN 15

Talon Shumway 6

RB BRADY SCHMIDT 33

Kurtis Taufa 10

RB CONNOR HUMPHREY 23

JD Spencer 8

WR ZAC SAUNDERS 11

Austin McChesney 20

WR MICAH HANNEMANN 1

Brody Berry 14

TE TALON SHUMWAY 6

Sam Beck 9

RT MITCH LINDEMAN 64

Austin Kruger 74

RG ADAM ORMBSY 75

Alex Bowcutt 54

C JUSTIN SIMPSON 55

Zach Larsen 77

LG LUKE HAGGARD 72

Erik Moore 56

LT JOSEPH COOK 66

Chandler Clark

KR ZAC SAUNDERS 11

KR CONNOR HUMPHREY 3

K BRODY BERRY 14

Trevor Robb 82

DEFENSE

DE COLIN BEARNSON 51

Joseph Cook 66

DT LEVI FISO 69

Bennett Lloyd 52

DT AUSTIN KRUGER 74

James Nelson 75

DE TY CROCKETT 53

Joseph Cook 66

OLB KURTIS TAUFA 10

Justin Lewis 47

MLB MATT GOWDY 4

Spencer Reinstein 57

OLB JOSH BUCK 40

Chase Hansen 15

CB ANDREW SCHIRMER 3

Brandon Comer 8

CB MICAH HANNEMANN 1

Tanner Smith 5

SS BRODY BERRY 14

Tyson Wendel 32

FS JAKE FOTU 7

Bryton Liljenquist 31

PR ZAC SAUNDERS 11

PR JD SPENCER 8

P BRODY BERRY 14

JORDAN STATS

Scoring offense: 35.5 ppg

Scoring defense: 14.0 ppg

Passing leader: Austin Kafentzis (208-355, 58.6%, 3,082 yards, 22 TDs, 18 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Austin Kafentzis (202 carries, 1,330 yards, 21 TDs), Austin Grant (84, 592, 8)

Receiving leader: Taylor Loomis (62 rec., 842 yards, 7 TDs), Mason Gajkowski (35, 622, 7)

Tackles leader: Hayden Babka (89 tackles)

Sacks leader: Hayden Babka (7.5 sacks)

Interceptions leader: Hayden Babka (7 INTs)

LONE PEAK STATS

Scoring offense: 39.1 ppg

Scoring defense: 14.8 ppg

Passing leader: Chase Hansen (151-253, 59.6%, 2,359 yards, 35 TDs, 4 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Chase Hansen (137 carries, 1,003 yards, 11 TDs), Kurtis Taufa (35, 377, 1)

Receiving leader: Connor Humphrey (37 rec., 674 yards, 9 TDs), Zac Saunders (30, 600, 11)

Tackles leader: Matt Gowdy (94 tackles)

Sacks leader: Collin Bearnson (8 sacks)

Int. leader: Brody Berry, Andrew Schirmer (5 INTs)

JORDAN GAME-BY-GAME

Aug. 19 … Jordan 19, Fremont 12

Aug. 26 … Jordan 35, Layton 14

Sept. 2 … Jordan 32, Pleasant Grove 0

Sept. 9 … Jordan 43, Kearns 7

Sept. 16 … Alta 21, Jordan 14

Sept. 24 … Jordan 39, Notre Dame, N.J. 0

Sept. 30 … Jordan 41, Copper Hills 10

Oct. 7 … Jordan 49, Cottonwood 35

Oct. 14 … Brighton 21, Jordan 14

Oct. 19 … Jordan 55, West Jordan 17

Oct. 28 … Jordan 42, Davis 24

Nov. 4 … Jordan 43, Viewmont 7

LONE PEAK GAME-BY-GAME

Aug. 19 … Lone Peak 37, Bountiful 0

Aug. 26 … Lone Peak 35, Mountain Crest 14

Sept. 1 … Lone Peak 21, Davis 0

Sept. 9 … Lone Peak 56, Highland 41

Sept. 16 … Lone Peak 37, West 14

Sept. 23 … Lone Peak 49, American Fork 7

Sept. 29 … Lone Peak 45, Bingham 24

Oct. 6 … Lone Peak 17, Pleasant Grove 0

Oct. 14 … Lone Peak 48, Riverton 27

Oct. 19 … Lone Peak 52, Lehi 20

Oct. 28 … Lone Peak 51, Hunter 6

Nov. 4 … Lone Peak 21, Northridge 14