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High school football: Timpview T-Birds 2012 preview

Published: Friday, Aug. 10 2012 11:07 p.m. MDT

Offense

One of the key assistant coaches Whittingham has retained is long-time offensive coordinator and former head coach Chad Van Orden.

“I just leave the offense up to him and try not to get in the way,” said Whittingham about Van Orden. “He’s so experienced and has had so much success that he obviously has my complete trust with whatever he tries to do. Hopefully we can present a good running game and a good passing game.”

Timpview will be led on the ground by Gregson Aspinall, who is coming off a successful 2011 season.

Defense

Whittingham didn’t mention specific names, but cites defensive line play as the big concern and linebacker play as the likely strength this coming year.

“We really like our linebackers and their ability to make plays,” said Whittingham. “We’re going to use some underclassmen at several positions, so we’re hopeful that those guys can step up. But we have a lot of work to do on the defensive end.”

Coach’s preseason Region 8 straw poll: First

Deseret News Region 8 prediction: First

Bottom line: Quarterback play is the key for most teams and Timpview has a very good one in Lloyd. A core of quality returning starters should place the Thunderbirds on top of Region 8, but don’t be surprised if they drop their first region game since 2005. Teams will be licking their chops this season after seeing some uncommon vulnerability in 2011.

2012 Schedule

Fri. Aug. 17 — ALTA, 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 24 — at Westlake, 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 31 — at Lone Peak, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 7 — MOUNTAIN VIEW, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 14 — MAPLE MOUNTAIN, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 21 — at Timpanogos, 7 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 28 — OREM, 7 p.m.

Thu. Oct. 4 — at Salem Hills, 7 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 10 — SPRINGVILLE, 7 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 17 — at Provo, 7 p.m.

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Felts Facts for Timpview High School

All-time record: 281-108 (35 years)

Region championships: 18 (1977 co, 1986 co, 1991, 1992, 1993 co, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 co, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Playoff appearances: 31

All-time playoff record: 56-23

State championships: 8 (1986, 1991, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

State championship record: 8-1

Most played rivalry: 36 meetings with Provo dating back to 1977. Timpview leads 26-10. Meet on Oct. 17.

Felt’s Factoid(s): Timpview owns the longest winning streak in state history at 36, dating from Sept. 15, 2006 to Nov. 21, 2008. ... The Thunderbirds hold the record for total yards in a championship game, 611 in the 4A final in 2007. ... Timpview’s Andrew Badger holds the state record for yards gained per reception during a season with 35.80 in 2003.

Timpview coaching history

2012 — Cary Whittingham

2005-2011 — Louis Wong (77-10)

1990-2004 — Chad Van Orden (134-38)

1985-1989 — Garry Walker (30-24)

1982-1984 — Sam Hard (15-13)

1977-1981 — Paul Gillespie (25-23)

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