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High school football: Provo drives right over and through Timpanogos

Published: Friday, Sept. 17 2010 11:17 p.m. MDT

OREM — At halftime of Timpanogos' Homecoming game against visiting Provo, the Timberwolves rolled out a trio of luxury cars to whirl their Homecoming royalty around the track.

Had those vehicles stuck around for the second half, Provo running back Kyle Larsen figures the procession could've gotten through some of the holes his offensive line was creating in front of him.

They were that big.

Provo's offensive line, anchored by Ardian Maco and Parker Williams, blew open holes for Larsen to burst through in the second half, and once the terrific senior tailback got through and pushed the throttle down as if he were a luxury vehicle, there was no catching him.

Leading just 14-6 at halftime, Provo forced Timpanogos into three consecutive turnovers midway through the third quarter, and Larsen and his fantastic offensive line took full advantage of the opportunities.

Larsen scored back-to-back-to-back rushing touchdowns during that decisive stretch, and the Bulldogs coasted from there to throttle previously undefeated Timpanogos, 41-6, on Friday and completely spoil the Timberwolves' Homecoming celebrations.

It was hardly the kind of score anyone from either school expected beforehand, but Larsen and Co. repeatedly capitalized on Timpanogos' mistakes and went for the jugular when they had the chance to make it a reality.

Larsen finished with 217 yards and four TDs on only 14 carries, and afterward, he couldn't say enough about what his offensive line did in front of him.

"You could drive a car through the hole," he said.

It sure seemed like it in the third quarter.

Provo ended the first half by driving all the way down to the Timpanogos 1-yard line in the final nine seconds, but the Bulldogs couldn't punch it in and then missed a field goal with two seconds on the clock.

It was a disappointing way to end the half, but the Bulldogs didn't let it get them down.

After being forced to punt on their first possession of the third quarter, they started to turn the heat up on Timpanogos' offense, and in turn they blew the game wide-open.

Cameron Van Wagoner recovered a fumble with 8:55 left in the third quarter, and Larsen capitalized on it five plays later with a 6-yard TD run.

Cornerback Kamana'o Arakaki then recorded back-to-back interceptions, and Larsen cashed in on both of those with TD runs of 25 yards and 78 yards.

Provo knew that Timpanogos had come-from-behind in all four of its previous games, but the Bulldogs made sure that never happened down the stretch Friday, as they salted the contest away and didn't let the T-Wolves rebound.

And in the process of not letting Timpanogos rebound, the Bulldogs critically rebounded themselves.

After starting out 2-0 this fall, they dropped back-to-back games, including their league-opener against Westlake last Friday, so getting back on track this Friday was huge.

"We've been through a lot these past couple weeks," said Provo coach Saia Pope. "We've been questioning ourselves, but the guys proved tonight they could play."

e-mail: drasmussen@desnews.com

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