Spanish Fork — Someone forgot to tell Maple Mountain that Timpview is supposed to dominate them in football.
Despite only recording six total wins in its short history, including three wins this year, Maple Mountain gave Timpview all it could handle Friday night with the T-Birds ultimately pulling out a 34-31 victory.
The outcome was in doubt up to the final 12 seconds when the Golden Eagles followed up a KJ Hall to Jace Edmunds 4-yard touchdown pass with an onside kick. The T-Birds recovered, which allowed them to run out the clock.
"It was about fighting back and not giving up," said Timpview coach Louis Wong. "Believing in what we do and how we do that. Our key today was for our guys to stay composed, not to panic, and have confidence in what they do and what plays are called. We tried to keep things real simple today."
Not panicking was a good strategy for Timpview. The T-Birds took advantage of two Hall interceptions in the first quarter to jump out to a 17-0 lead. Hall had three interceptions in the game, all leading to scores. When it looked like the game would be a blowout, however, Maple Mountain responded with 21 unanswered points to take the lead minutes into the second half.
The comeback started when Jake Varney blocked a Timpview punt early in the second quarter and Braxton Jacobson returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.
On the Golden Eagles' next possession Hall led his team 87 yards downfield with the aid of a personal foul and then ran the ball in from the 17-yard line to pull his team within a field goal.
Timpview fumbled on its first play of the second half and the Golden Eagles recovered. Six plays and 30 yards later Hall connected with Edmunds on a touchdown pass from 17 yards out to put Maple Mountain on top 21-17.
"We're still hurting ourselves," said Wong. "That's the whole key is us hurting ourselves. When we fix that, I think we're going to be OK."
Timpview seemed to wake up at that point, driving to midfield where Jake Lloyd connected with Rickey Shumway on a 49-yard touchdown reception to recapture the lead at 24-21. It was the duo's second of three touchdowns on the night.
Maple Mountain pulled even at 24-24 with a 21-yard field goal by James Baird, but Timpview answered with another Lloyd-Shumway touchdown, this time from 10 yards out. That was followed by a 27-yard field goal by Tyler Solorzano, which put the T-Birds ahead 34-24 with 2:36 remaining.
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The Golden Eagles put together one last 80-yard drive to pull within a field goal, but couldn't recover the onside kick to get the ball back.
"I thought Jake made some good decisions," said Wong. "He also ran the ball well when we needed to. I compliment our offensive line tonight. I thought they were better. I thought our backs ran really hard today. People think that all receivers do is catch the ball. I give our receivers credit for blocking when they needed to on running plays."
Both teams are now 3-2 on the season.