PROVO After only scoring 10 points last week against Pleasant Grove, Timpview showed its potent offense is still alive and kicking as the T-birds dropped 50 points in the first half on their way to a 57-12 victory over Spanish Fork Friday.
The T-Birds hit the Dons from every angle, but it was the one-two punch of running backs Levi Teo' and Byson McKenzie that really did the damage. McKenzie broke the century mark with 10 carries for 104 yards, while Teo' carried the ball eight times for 89 yards and four touchdowns.
"You have to give credit to our O-line," Timpview head coach Louis Wong said. "They still have some things, as far as jumping offsides, that make me nervous, but they did a better job blocking those guys. (Spanish Fork) kept seven guys in the box, and even though they did we were able to run the ball."
Timpview led 15-0 midway through the first quarter and things appeared to be going their way completely. But Spanish Fork's offense came alive as it drove the ball near midfield and on a gutsy fourth-and-short conversion attempt, quarterback Breck Lewis found tight end Richard Wilson alone down the middle of the field for a 54-yard touchdown reception.
Early in the second quarter, Lewis found Wilson again on a fade pattern in the right corner of the end zone for another touchdown to cut the lead to 15-12 after another missed conversion.
But just as the Dons got a little momentum, the T-Birds snatched it right back. In a four-minute span, Timpview quarterback Casey Rumsey hooked up with Travis Van Leeuwen for two touchdowns to open up the lead at 29-12. The Rumsey-Van Leeuwen combo hooked up six times for 200 yards and three touchdowns on the night.
"Rumsey and Van Leeuwen definitely have chemistry together," said Wong. "Both of them see the coverage, and when both of them are on the same page, then he is going to be open."
Timpview continued to find the end zone throughout the first half, using its physicality to create and capitalize on Spanish Fork turnovers.
The second quarter was riddled with penalties, however, most of which were committed by Timpview. At halftime, Timpview had already committed 11 penalties for 92 yards. By the end of the game, it had racked up 16 for 155 yards. The penalty problem in the first two games is something that has Wong worried.
"I do like our physicalness but we are so far from where we need to be," he said. "I am a perfectionist and I want to get better every game. As far as mental mistakes, we are going to lose a game if we keep that up."Neither team scored in the third quarter and the T-Birds' reserves scored one last touchdown in the fourth. In all, the T-Birds had 505 yards total offense and gave up only 205. While the scoring slowed down in the second half, Wong was just happy to see his team play mistake-free football.