Even though the game appeared to be shaping up as the Adam Timo show, the East High Leopards had other plans in mind.
"Nobody comes into the 'Red House' and beats us," said wide receiver John Webb after the Leopards pulled together a dramatic late-game rally to beat the Snow Canyon Warriors 29-26 at Tally Stevens Stadium.
"We really came together in that last quarter, we really wanted it. ... it was awesome."
Snow Canyon's star QB Adam Timo got the party started when he led his team to a near perfect drive that consisted of six plays and resulted in a 3- yard touchdown run. Timo has committed to play college football with BYU and, after Friday's performance, it's safe to say that BYU is pretty excited to have him coming.
Snow Canyon didn't stay up for long. With 8:10 left in the first quarter, tight end Jacob Morrison recovered a fumble and took it 44 yards all the way to the house to knot the game up at 7-7.
From that point on, the sloppiness really settled in. Overall, there were 14 penalties committed, nine of which were committed by East. This was definitely a concern for newly assigned star quarterback Danny Tuai, who said, "Everybody gets penalties. We need to work on getting them down, that's why we practice."
Snow Canyon carried all the momentum going into the half due to an interesting decision by head coach Rick Secrist to run one more play even though the Warriors were backed in at their own 16 with 0:24 left. What resulted was a 24-yard pass and time for one more play. That one additional play came in the form of Timo breaking loose for a 60-yard touchdown to end the half. Snow Canyon hit the locker room with a 20-7 lead.
East has always been known for being a second-half team, at least according to Danny Tuai.
"We went into the locker room; everyone had their doubts, but at East High we are known for being a second half team," he said.
What ensued was one incredible game in which all the credit needs to be awarded to the East defense, which made huge play after huge play. The sluggish start that East got off to was back in the first half. This was evident when, with 8:13 left in the third quarter, running back Ryan Shipp broke loose, breaking tackle after tackle to take it 54 yards for the touchdown.
East was able to keep momentum in its favor the remainder of the game. With time winding down and Snow Canyon clinging to a 26-21 lead, East put together one last drive, resulting in 10 plays that began all the way back at its own 15. The Leopards capped it off with a 2-point conversion to go ahead 29-26 and claim the victory.