High school football: Gritty performance by Britain Covey propels Timpview to 4A state title
The T-Bird defense came up huge in the second half, holding East’s prolific offense to a single field goal. Curtis finished with 155 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while senior running back Ula Tolutau rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Isaac Valles ran for another 110 yards and a touchdown. The team only managed 12 yards passing, however, and Valles was sacked three times.
“We made some adjustments,” Whittingham said of the difference between the first half and second half. “The kids kept playing hard. In the first half, we missed a few tackles, had some things happen, missed assignments, and that kind of bit us. The second half we played much cleaner. ... They just came out and played every play as hard as they could.”
Nacua and Covey said the players also talked among themselves about what they needed to do differently in the game’s final two quarters.
“We kept our composure,” Nacua said. “The second half, we looked each other in the eyes and said, ‘This isn’t T-Bird defense here.’ We needed to step it up. ... It feels great. It feels great to know it was a great game. We put everything out this week and it’s a great feeling.”
High school football: 4A championship
Britian Covey discusses Timpview's 4A state championship win against East Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.
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