High school football: This time, T-Birds ensure blowout win against Golden Eagles
PROVO — Timpview further re-established itself as Region 8's top dog with a good old-fashioned butt-kicking of Maple Mountain, 38-7. The Thunderbirds dominated every facet of the game from start to finish — learning from their mistakes against the Golden Eagles a year ago.
Timpview, which hasn't lost a region game since 2004, narrowly escaped with a 34-31 win against Maple Mountain last year. The players aimed to not make the outcome so close this time around.
"Last year we got out to an early lead like we did tonight, but made stupid mistakes and let them come back," said quarterback Jake Lloyd. "We made sure that didn't happen tonight and it was a total team effort."
Lloyd helped set the tone early — marching the offense 72 yards on the game's opening possession to take an early 7-0 lead. Lloyd completed four of his five passes with all four of them going to Dax Raymond during the first series. He capped off the drive by hitting Raymond in the end zone from 17 yards out.
"Dax had a big night because of how they roll their coverage and he has a big size advantage," said Lloyd. "On that first touchdown I just saw that I had Dax, who is 6-foot-5 against a corner who is only 5-foot-10, so I just threw it up to him to make a play."
Raymond finished the opening possession with four receptions for 52 yards.
He finished the night with nine receptions for 115 yards.
Lloyd picked apart the Golden Eagle defense throughout the first half, finishing with 15-of-20 passing for 220 yards, two touchdowns and a 24-0 halftime lead.
"It's all about taking what the defense gives us," said Lloyd. "I've learned to be a lot more patient this year and my accuracy has gotten better, but it's my teammates that make me look good. So much credit goes to our offensive line — they dominated tonight."
Timpview had an overwhelming advantage in time of possession by way of sustained offensive drives and a strong defensive effort that provided numerous three-and-outs by Maple Mountain.
"Our defense — I wouldn't want to play against those guys, that's for sure," noted Lloyd. "They were hitting guys so hard tonight. They were aggressive and they were awesome. They put us in good spots on offense all night long, so most of the credit goes to them."
The Thunderbirds also did good work on the ground with running back Gregson Aspinall leading the way. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior tailback ran for 82 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries.
Maple Mountain was able to manage a score with four minutes left on a 24-yard run by Cole Casper, but it was far too little too late.
"I like how we're playing as a team right now," said Lloyd. "We made some mistakes and I think we could have played better, but I think we're improving as a team and we're excited about this season."
With the win, Timpview moves to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in region play. It will take on Timpanogos on the road next Friday. With the loss, Maple Mountain falls to 4-1 on the season and 1-1 in region play and will next take on Mountain View.