HIGHLAND Timpanogos expected a grudge match when it took the field against a Lone Peak team fighting for a guaranteed playoff spot Friday. Instead, the Timberwolves walked in and waltzed out with a 34-7 win and third place in Region 4.
Timpanogos beat Lone Peak for the first time in school history and basically dominated the game for four quarters. While the T-Wolves will start planning for next weekend's playoffs, the Knights will have to suit up again on Tuesday for a play-in game against Spanish Fork.
"This is the first time ever our varsity has beaten Lone Peak, and that's what we talked about all week long," said Timpanogos coach Brad Molen. "It's a big confidence-builder for us."
Quarterback Christian Stewart and receiver Grant Jimenez terrorized the Lone Peak defense all night long. The Knights tried to get some
pressure in the backfield but didn't have much luck getting to the QB. Stewart made a lot of plays scrambling, while Jimenez added to his 1,000-yard receiving season with two touchdowns and a bunch of big plays.
"They gave us a little bit more pressure," said Molen. "That allows us to get behind them and make more plays if we can beat that pressure. (Stewart) is just a heady player. Almost every time he finds the open receiver when he scrambles out."
The Timpanogos defense pitched in by forcing five turnovers. Lone Peak only had 11 possessions in the whole game and never held onto the ball long enough to find any rhythm on offense.
The Knights scored their only touchdown on the game's first possession, stringing together a 15-play drive ending in a touchdown pass from Tannon Pedersen to Colson Healy.
Timpanogos answered on its first drive with a one-yard run by Taylor Lyons. Ben Laidler caught an eight-yard TD pass later in the first quarter to make the score 13-7.
Jimenez scored his first touchdown a few minutes later on a 41-yard pass from Stewart.
The third quarter was scoreless, and the T-Wolves put the game away with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Jimenez had a 42-yard catch and run for a touchdown, and Lyons added another one-yard dive in the closing minutes.
Timpanogos will have to go on the road, but the team think it's playing well enough to make a good showing in the playoffs next week.
"We feel because of our offense we can score points," said Molen, "and our defense really stepped up in the last couple of weeks. We feel really good about the playoffs right now."