High school football: Big 2nd half propels Timpview past Alta
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
PROVO — Timpview was looking straight at its first loss of the season as it trailed Alta by 13 with 1:35 remaining in the first half on Friday night.
But Christian Covey and Co. pulled together and outscored the Hawks by 27 the rest of the way.
Covey finished the game with 272 yards passing, including four touchdowns to three different receivers, to lead the T-Birds to a 41-27 victory over Alta.
The victory extends Timpview's winning streak to 13 games while moving its record to 3-0. The loss drops Alta to 0-3 on the year.
The turning point in the game came after Alta's Taylor Eyring scored from three yards out two plays after Rhett Sandlin intercepted a Covey pass at the Timpview 12. That put the Hawks up 20-7 with only 1:35 remaining.
"Our intention was just to run the clock out," said Timpview coach Louis Wong. "But they gave us some opportunities, some holes where we saw man coverage. We were going to take what they were going to give us and we did that well tonight."
Taking what Alta was giving resulted in an eight-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Covey to Josey Trammell with only five seconds remaining in the half. That pulled the T-Birds to within six at 20-14 and gave them all the momentum going into halftime.
The second half was virtually all Timpview as a result of some critical adjustments the T-Birds made.
"The adjustments we made were play harder and be more disciplined," said Wong. "Show some heart and show some character. Show that to people who played before you and established this program, that you have pride in what they've done and you want to carry that tradition."
Alta fumbled the ball away to the T-Birds on its first play of the second half at its own 19-yard line. Covey then found Josh Warner on the next play for a 19-yard touchdown that tied the game at 20-20 with almost 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The Hawks scored their only touchdown in the second half on their next possession. Eyring ran around the left side for 42 yards and a score to put Alta back on top 27-20, but that was it for the Hawks.
Timpview responded with an eight-play touchdown drive that covered 79 yards and was capped by a Bryson McKenzie two-yard touchdown run. A 42-yard run by Trammell put the T-Birds in position for the score. That tied the game again at 27-27.
Kaipo Hurtt intercepted Alta's Boston Handley on the Hawks' next possession for one of his two picks on the night. Then, again, Covey found Rickey Shumway in the end zone on the next play to give the T-Birds the lead for good at 34-27.
Timpview capped the scoring with a 65-yard, 14-play drive and a Gregson Aspinall touchdown from one yard out.