Timpview (6-5) at Woods Cross (9-2)
4A state tournament quarterfinal
Friday, 3 p.m.
Parry’s Power Guide: Timpview by 8
All-time series: Timpview leads 3-1
Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Woods Cross’ Justin Spencer and Timpview’s Cary Whittingham
Last meeting: Oct. 28, 2011 (4A first round) — Timpview 31, Woods Cross 14
WOODS CROSS — When Woods Cross and Timpview meet in the quarterfinals, it’ll mark the crossing paths of two programs that have experienced much different postseason histories.
For Timpview, the illustrious success is nearly unparalleled. The Thunderbirds, in 36 years, have qualified for the playoffs 32 times and have garnished 57 wins and eight state titles, including four straight from 2006-09, in that time span.
On the flip side, Woods Cross — also 36 years since its inception — has punched a ticket to the postseason 14 times with a 10-13 record while never appearing in the state championship.
The Wildcats, in fictional terms, have the opportunity to slay the dragon on their home field Friday night to return to the semifinals for the first time since 1993.
Timpview coach Cary Whittingham, in his first year with the program, is aware that the raucous environment at Woods Cross could reach new heights with fans spewing excitement to knock off 4A’s perennial powerhouse and avenge the 31-14 loss to the Thunderbirds in the first round last season.
“They’re a good team — a lot of talent. What we need to emphasize is a quick start,” Whittingham said of the importance to remove the crowd from the equation early. “(We need to) try to jump on them with a quick start cause I know they have enough talent that if we don’t have our best game we’re going to be in for a long, long battle.”
Timpview dealt with a similar predicament in its 49-14 win against defending champion Logan in the first round last week. The Thunderbirds, who were forced to forfeit four games after being found guilty of participating with an ineligible player, held the Grizzlies 22 points below their season average and the second lowest total the entire year.
“Trying to keep the distractions down, that’s what we’ve tried to do all season, because there have been a lot of distractions,” Whittingham said in reference to the success at Logan. “Trying to have the kids focus on what’s important and not concerned with anything else. Letting the kids know that they do have to work hard. They knew that Logan was going to be a tough opponent and they worked hard and that’s the same boat we’re in with Woods Cross.”
Woods Cross, a home underdog, needs to keep Timpview quarterback Jake Lloyd in check if it expects to suit up next week. Lloyd has passed for 3,015 yards and 42 touchdowns compared to only six interceptions. After throwing for only one score in the season opener, Lloyd has thrown for three or more every game since.
His main target has been 6-foot-5, 217-pound, Dax Raymond. The senior has corralled 60 receptions for 1,172 yards and 17 touchdowns.
“The Jake to Dax connection is hopefully going to be there this game — it’s a very important part of our offense,” Whittingham said. “We have some other capable receivers that he can put the ball into if they decide to focus on Dax. But that is a huge part of our offense, that ability to get the ball downfield. We’re counting on that.”
The Wildcats, once again, will need to control the line of scrimmage offensively. This season Woods Cross has predicated itself on the run after switching from the spread under first-year coach Justin Spencer.
Sean Barton, whose struggled with a shoulder injury, is the main threat in the backfield along with quarterback Skyler Farnes who has chipped in eight rushing touchdowns while throwing for 17 touchdowns and 1,697 yards.
“(Barton) is a good player. He’s one of the premier players and we’re concerned with him,” Whittingham said. “We’ve been working on stopping the run all week. So, hopefully the plan we’ve put together will help minimize his yards.”
Timpview statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 41.3 ppg
Scoring defense: 14.1 ppg
Passing leader: Jake Lloyd (175-269, 65.1 percent, 3,015 yards, 42 TDs, 6 INTs)
Sack leaders: Pita Taumoepenu (19.5 sacks)
Woods Cross statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 28.6 ppg
Scoring defense: 11.1 ppg
Passing leader: Skyler Farnes (112-225 yards, 49.8 percent, 1,697 yards, 17 TDs, 7 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Sean Barton (113 carries, 933 yards, 7 TDs), Skyler Farnes (117 carries, 462 yards, 8 TDs)
Sack leaders: Filipo Mokofisi, Deion Saamulu (6 sacks)
Interception leaders: Xequille Harry (4 INTs)
Felts Facts for Timpview High School
All-time record: 288-112 (36 years)
Region championships: 17 (1977 co, 1986 co, 1991, 1992, 1993 co, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 co, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Playoff appearances: 32 (including 2012)
All-time playoff record: 57-23
State championships: 8 (1986, 1991, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
State championship record: 8-11 comment on this story
Felt’s Factoid(s): Timpview owns the longest winning streak in state history at 36, dating from Sept. 15, 2006 to Nov. 21, 2008. ... The Thunderbirds hold the record for total yards in a championship game, 611 in the 4A final in 2007. ... Timpview’s Andrew Badger holds the state record for yards gained per reception during a season with 35.80 in 2003.
Felts Facts for Woods Cross High School
All-time record: 133-216 (36 years)
Region championships: 1 (1988 co, 2012 co)
Playoff appearances: 14 (including 2012)
All-time playoff record: 10-13
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-0
Felt’s Factoid(s): When Kitt Rawlings rushed for 423 yards in a game in 1989, no one knew if that was a state record or not — prompting research that led to compiling a history and records of Utah prep football. Incidentally, Rawlings missed the record by 11 yards and now ranks third.