PROVO — The 19-year-old gorilla that has been hanging on the backs of the Provo faithful grew another year older and 64 pounds heavier Friday night as Timpview knocked off the Bulldogs for the 20th time in a row, dating back to 1989. Timpview scored early and often on its way to the 64-7 rout of arch-rival Provo and claim the Region 7 championship.
"We were getting all hyped up for this game all week," said Timpview quarterback Trevor Brown following the win. "We heard that they were saying they could hang with us, but when we get mad we play our game and no one can hang with us."
Provo (5-1, 8-2) came into the game with its best chance of knocking off Timpview (6-0, 7-2) since it last won 20 years ago. Both teams were undefeated in Region 7 and the Bulldogs boasted an exquisite 8-1 record.
However, the biggest blow to the Bulldogs didn't come on the 80-yard touchdown pass from Brown to wideout Zack VanLeeuwen on the second play of the game to take an early 7-0 lead. It came when Provo star Maka Unufe appeared to be knocked unconscious after making a play on Timpview's running back from his safety spot. Unufe lay motionless on the ground and eventually had to be taken away in an ambulance.
With Unufe out of the game, the T-Birds were hitting on all cylinders offensively as they racked up points at an alarming rate against a tough Provo defensive front. Brown threw three touchdown passes in the first half alone and ran 52 yards for another.
After Brown connected with VanLeeuwen on the second play of the game for the early score, the T-Birds marched right back down the field later in the quarter to take a 14-0 lead on Jeremiah Burr's one-yard touchdown scamper.
Brown wasn't finished as he connected with VanLeeuwen early in the second quarter after nearly being sacked for a nine-yard reception in the end zone. Up 21-0, Brown led his team to the end zone again, this time on a 52-yard run from scrimmage to take a commanding 28-0 lead. A botched punt by Provo deep in its own territory made it 30-0 and a 48-yard pass from Brown to Jacob Hatch gave Timpview a 37-0 lead heading into the break.
The lone bright spot for the Bulldogs came when Keoki Unufe, Maka's little brother, scored on a 58-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to put his team on the board at 57-7.
"I take my hat off to Provo," said Timpview coach Louis Wong. "They've had a great season. We were looking forward to playing against Maka, he's a great athlete and I hope he gets better."