If you have to play Timpview, the time to play the T-Birds is now.
Hurry before Timpview settles on a quarterback. Hurry before the T-Birds hang onto the ball and hurry before they fix their special teams problems.Line up. Now's your chance. Kick 'em while they're down.
Orem got first crack at the 4A defending champions on Friday night and after a sluggish first quarter, the Tigers erupted for 21 second-quarter points and rolled to an easy 28-8 victory.
Timpview's troubles started on special teams.
After Chris Hale hauled in a Marc McCann pass, slipped two tackles and tiptoed down the sideline for a 42-yard touchdown run, Timpview self-destructed.
On the ensuing kickoff, Timpview fumbled the ball and Orem's Jared Pratt recovered on the Tiger 30.
After Tyler Kukahiko, broke free for a 17-yard run, Eddie Bower pounded it in from 13 yards out to put the Tigers up 14-0 with 8:04 left in the half.
Three minutes later, Timpview's special teams set Orem's table again when the T-Birds muffed a punt. Pratt once again was there to make Timpview pay. He fell on the ball at the Tiger 20.
That led to a 2-yard touchdown run from Bower that give the Tigers a 21-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Timpview's offense was in slow motion. Before the T-Birds final drive of the first half, Timpview completed just one pass and had just 34 yards in total offense. The T-Birds also had four turnovers to their credit.
Had it not been for a stingy Timpview defense, the damage would have been much worse.
Orem squashed any hopes of a second-half comeback when the Tigers ran their lead to 28-0 with 11:08 left in the game on a Kukahiko 5-yard touchdown run.
Timpview's offense continued to struggle until it spoiled Orem's shutout party with 2:53 left in the game on T.J. Wardell's 1-yard run.
Backup quarterback Dan Southwick tossed a pass to Wardell for a 2-point conversion to conclude the game's scoring.
"They have a lot of seniors, so maybe they took us a little lightly," said Orem coach Paul Clark. "But Timpview is going to be a good team."
Before opposing teams get too excited about the prospects of Timpview having a rebuilding year, Orem delivered a similar beating to Timpview in last year's opener and the T-Birds went onto win the 4A title.