OREM Three hours and 27 minutes..
Twenty-seven combined penalties. Six combined turnovers.
No, it was far from cosmetic, but Timpanogos coach Brad Molen was still thrilled with his team's 42-24 marathon Homecoming victory over Snow Canyon on Friday night.
"The longest and maybe the ugliest high-scoring game that's ever been put on before," Molen said. "But we put 42 points on the board and our offense has been struggling, so it's good to see them get unwound before we go into region. It was just an ugly game all-around in every way."
The Timberwolves (2-2) and the Warriors (0-4) saw just about everything in this game: A parade of penalties, a 70-yard touchdown pass by a running back on the T-Wolves' first play from scrimmage, a safety, a pitch that was intercepted and nearly returned for a touchdown, three delays for a malfunctioning scoreboard and the ejection of Snow Canyon coach Rick Secrist.
Parker Brown completed 18-of-35 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. He also added two field goals for the T-Wolves. Jordan Pili added 104 rushing yards and three touchdowns and also passed for another.
"It was such a big game," said Timpanogos wide receiver Kellen McWhorter. "People get so rattled. Snow Canyon is coming off losses, it just gets heated."
Did it ever.
After forcing a punt, the Timberwolves pulled off the trick play on a halfback pass, as Pili took a pitch and immediately threw downfield to a wide-open Justin Nickle, who ran untouched into the end zone.
A few minutes later, Andrew Eide stepped in the path of Snow Canyon quarterback Austin Larsen's pitch and took it down to the 7-yard line, setting up another score to give Timpanogos a 14-0 lead.
But behind 88 first-half rushing yards from Adam Timo and an interception return for a touchdown by Tyler Brooks, the Warriors pulled with 20-17 at halftime.
"It was a really long game," Brown said. "I thought everyone got tired at the end and that's why they were scoring."
But the T-Wolves, perhaps partly motivated by Homecoming and partly by an injury to tight end/offensive lineman Joe Kruger, stormed ahead in the third and didn't look back.
Timpanogos held Snow Canyon to just 41 total yards in the second half, and Timo managed only 17 yards on five carries.
The T-Wolves bounced back from a loss to Orem last week, evening their record before starting Region 4 play next week.
"We'll take a win ugly anytime over a loss," Molen said. "There were a lot of bright spots."