PROVO Timpview and Provo just don't get along, and a 63-0 pounding by the Thunderbirds didn't do much to smooth things over. Two Provo players were ejected, and the Bulldogs quickly left the field after the fourth quarter without shaking hands.
"That's their call, not ours," Timpview coach Louis Wong said. "Our goal was to play four quarters of football to get ready for the playoffs."
With their ninth consecutive win, the Thunderbirds look more than ready.
Quarterback Quinn Mecham went 17-of-26 for 276 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Mark Ercanbrack was Mecham's favorite target, catching eight passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, Michael Alisa carried the ball five times for 94 yards and three touchdowns. Even offensive lineman Dominique Moe and Jon Bushnell got in on the action with a rushing touchdown each.
"They're being rewarded for the hard work they've put in all season," Wong said. "We spread the wealth on this team."
As well as Timpview played offensively, its defense may have been better. Provo had just 107 total yards, seven first downs and two turnovers, both of which led to Thunderbird scores.
"We're clicking on all cylinders. Our scout team has done an excellent job getting the team ready to play. Our sophomore team is undefeated, our JV team is undefeated, and so far our varsity is undefeated," Wong said.
Timpview's first score came just one minute into its first possession on a 40-yard run by junior Levi Te'o. One minute later, the Thunderbirds regained possession and took only three plays for Mecham to find Josh Trammell for a 14-yard touchdown reception.
By the end of the first half, Provo trailed 42-0 and had punted five times. The Thunderbirds took advantage of excellent field position, taking no longer than 3:40 to score, and several drives took less than a minute.
"We hadn't played in two weeks, so this was a good opportunity to play four quarters of football to knock the dust off," Wong said.
With the loss, Provo falls to 1-5 in Region 7 and 2-7 overall. The Bulldogs have scored just 23 points in their last three games, compared to 163 for the Thunderbirds. Defensively, Timpview has only allowed 14 points in its last four games.
"Our goal has been to be undefeated in region and win state, and I'd say we're right on track," Wong said.