Many people believe this Friday's 4A state championship is a forgone conclusion. Timpview has been bigger, stronger and faster than all 12 of its opponents this year, winning by an average of five touchdowns.
They've been dubbed the University of Timpview because of the abundance of talent, and many people believe they're the best team in the state regardless of classification.
"Watching them play, they definitely look like a college (offensive) line," said Pine View coach Ray Hosner.
So what business does Pine View a 3A school prior to this year even have stepping on the same field with Timpview at Rice-Eccles Stadium this Friday?
It's all about the trenches, and Pine View is confident it can hold its own.
Pine View's offensive line averages 263 pounds, just a shade under Timpview's 270 pounds. On the defensive line, the St. George school averages 225 pounds, once again slightly less than Timpview's 231 pounds.
The 4A title game might be the first game all season Timpview can't bully its opponent in the trenches.
"It's not just that they're big, but that they're strong," said Hosner.
Despite all that strength, Pine View only starts two seniors on the offensive line, left tackle Tyler Warhurst and left guard Jake Pederson. Two others are juniors, center Kevin Moss and right guard Justin Lytle, whereas sophomore KJ Boyer starts at right tackle.
Hosner says all five can squat at least 450 pounds, and they're all excited about the prospects of lining up with the best.
"I told my kids this gives them a chance to show what they can do against the best, and not only help the team but improve their individual stock as well, because they all want to go to college also," said Hosner.
This is Pine View's third trip to the state championship game in four years. The previous two trips ended in blowouts in the 3A title games, but neither of those teams was built in the trenches quite like the 2007 team.
A big reason for that, according to Hosner, is the time spent in the weight room with coach Dale Stott.
"To me that's the biggest difference their willingness to lift hard and work hard," said Hosner.
Another key to Pine View's strength is the closed-door mat drills every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 a.m. Hosner wouldn't elaborate on what goes on. He did say when the mat drills are done everyone is exhausted, but it's been instrumental in bonding the team together.To compete against Timpview, particularly at the line of scrimmage, Pine View will need all the strength it can muster up to have a shot at upsetting the "unbeatable" team.
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