We’ve got some good players. It makes it easy to game plan because you know you can do a lot with the athletics kids we’ve got. —Timpview coach Cary Whittingham
SPRINGVILLE — There was a lot of talk leading up to undefeated Springville hosting once-beaten Timpview for the Red Devils' homecoming game Friday night.
When all was said and done, however, the T-Birds gave Springville a serious dose of reality and reminded the Red Devils who has been — and remains — on top of the Region 8 standings.
Powered by quarterback Britain Covey’s four touchdowns — two through the air and two on the ground — Timpview pounded Springville 35-0.
Not only did the Timpview offense show up, but the defense was suffocating. The T-Birds scored on four of their first five possessions and were ahead 28-0 before Timpview’s defense allowed Springville a single first down. It wasn't until the first play of the second half when Dylan Slavens connected with Jessi Noll on a 15-yard pass that the Red Devils were able to move the chains.
“We’ve got some good players,” said Timpview coach Cary Whittingham. “It makes it easy to game plan because you know you can do a lot with the athletic kids we’ve got.”
Timpview jumped out in front quickly with a 57-yard, eight-play drive to open the game that found Kendall Tu’ua carry the ball four times for 36 yards. Tu’ua’s running set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Covey.
On Timpview’s next possession it faced fourth-and-7 on the Springville 29. The T-Birds went for it with Covey connecting on an 11-yard pass to Knight Woodward for the first down, which set up an 18-yard touchdown run by Tu’ua that put Timpview ahead 14-0 with more than four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
“It gives the offense a lot of confidence when they can get those fourth-down conversions,” said Whittingham.
It’s a good thing because the T-Bird offense faced another fourth down on its next possession, but this time at the Red Devil 5. Timpview gambled again and this time Covey scored the touchdown that pushed the lead to 21-0.
The T-Birds had yet another fourth-down conversion on their next possession at the Springville 28. This time Covey found Rhett Van Leeuwen for the first down on a 7-yard pass play. A few plays later Covey found Van Leeuwen again, this time in the end zone from 20 yards out with just a little more than one minute remaining in the first half to give Timpview a 28-0 lead.
“Covey did have a good game,” said Whittingham. “There are a few things he can do to clean up his game. We tried to rely more on the running game than the passing game today, but he does bring a dimension to our offense that brought us a boost.”
The win improves Timpview’s record to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in region while Springville falls to 4-1 and 1-1 in region.
Drew Daniels is a Utah County native and has covered local sporting events for several news organizations including the Deseret News since 1988.