The Jordan quarterback said the team's early losses had a lot to do with working new players into the system.
"At the beginning of the year, we had a lot of new guys," Kafentzis said. "They needed to step up. We are figuring out what defenses are trying to do. We are strengthening our weaknesses. And there are a lot of guys who have stepped up."
Despite the fact 104 points were scored, defense played a big role. Jordan created four Pleasant Grove turnovers in the decisive second half.
It also was a game of spurts. The Beetdiggers rolled out to a quick 14-0 lead on a 4-yard run by Kafentzis and a 64-yard scamper by Clay Moss.
But then Pleasant Grove, led by Evans, Spencer Romney, Jacob Ivan and T.J. Wind, scored the next 21 points to take a seven-point lead. At that point, Jordan reeled off five straight touchdowns to guarantee itself a berth in next week's semifinals against Brighton.
"It was a weird game," Jordan coach Eric Kjar said. "We are doing a good job and playing better."
Kafentzis, who had scoring runs of 4, 19, 1, 11 and 1 yards and hit Ryan Shaver on a 6-yard scoring play, credited the defense.
Jordan 62, Pleasant Grove 42
O The Beetdiggers force 4 second-half turnovers.
• Jordan quarterback Austin Kafentzis, a Wisconsin commit, runs for five touchdowns.