Man, Britain Covey and I go way back. We've grown up together and have been playing sports together ever since we were little. Cov (Covey) told me to come out and play, and I just thought, I might as well. —Timpview wide receiver Jordan Espinoza
In just their second year playing together, the dynamic duo has developed quite the chemistry. Covey connected with Espinoza in the end zone a team-high nine times during the regular season to anchor the offense.
"Man, Britain Covey and I go way back," Espinoza said of their chemistry. "We've grown up together and have been playing sports together ever since we were little. Cov (Covey) told me to come out and play, and I just thought, I might as well."
It was much of the same story in the T-birds semifinal matchup against No. 1 Woods Cross Friday afternoon, as the 1-2 punch got off to a hot start and connected for three of Timpview's first-half touchdowns to propel them over the Wildcats and into a third-straight 4A championship game.
"We've been preparing for this game all week," Espinoza added. "The coaches have been wonderful, and our defense has been amazing at getting us the ball when we need it. It feels great; it was a total team effort."
The quarterback-wide receiver combo was far from over, however, as they picked up right where they left off in the second half and showed no signs of slowing down.
Espinoza went on to haul in a game-high seven catches, set a new 4A semifinal record for yards in a game with 240 — which he broke with over seven minutes left in the game — and hit pay dirt four times to power the T-birds.
"He's the fastest player in the state, and the best playmaker," Covey said of his star receiver. "I mean, it's just unbelievable to be able to have a guy like him on your team."
Covey continued to dazzle and disrupt the Wildcats' defense all game long, as he finished with 320 yards and five touchdown passes, while adding another 82 yards and one score with his legs to command his team in the blowout win.
"He's just an amazing player," Espinoza said of his gunslinger. "He finds the right places, he calls all of the audibles, and he's calling all of the plays. He will find us. If we are open, he will find us."