High school football: Gritty performance by Britain Covey propels Timpview to 4A state title

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  • mab93 Provo, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 4:05 p.m.

    Wow. Some of his twitter posts are interesting. Thanks for the heads up Tenn12. I think his posts support the comment made by The Official that the problem comes from East leadership. If it was just last year's disrespect toward Timpview, I would have disregarded it as a misunderstanding. I will say though that it seemed the players on the field this year were showing more respect and sportsmanship than last year. Can anyone verify from someone that played in both?

    The only way to deserve a championship is by earning one. If they were deserved, MC and TV would both have one from last year.

    Another team was better than East (on offense and defense) and one or more teams may have worked as hard or harder than East.

    Play 10 times and I think that would have been one of East's better games.

  • Coolhead North Logan, UT
    Nov. 25, 2013 12:33 a.m.

    Congrats to TV. An excellent championship. Congrats to East as well for a great season. East has struggled against well coached teams. It lost twice to Logan in 2011 and once in 2012, and once to TV in both 2012 and 2013. 5 losses total in the last 3 years. TV has a well coached program that attracts players from across Utah County. East does the same in SLC but doesn't seem able to seal the deal at RES. Maybe 4th time will be a charm. 2 great programs, congrats on a great game.

  • Black & White SLC, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 8:42 p.m.


    That's the first right thing you've said this entire blog...

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 24, 2013 6:24 p.m.

    Apologies to Timpview and East. I should not have distracted from their achievements with a pithy comment about Logan.

    T-Birds, I'm impressed. I thought East was the best.

    East. You are a perennial power with loads of talent. While I sense a lack of discipline and execution, there is hardly a lack of effort.

  • Tenn12 Orem, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    I for one am not surprised one bit Timpview won. East talked so much about how great they were all year including their head coach. Why did all the media including ones who write for this paper like Trevor Phibbs fall for it? Haven't they paid attention the last 10 years? The salt lake region loses 90% of the time at Rice Eccles. Timpview was better coached and has a better program which really isn't an insult considering they have won 7 out of the last 10 championships. btw, I'm very disappointed by the sportsmanship displayed by coach Matich after the game not shaking hands with the opposing teams coaches like his assistants did, and pouting on twitter. Seems like a lack of maturity.

  • TVDAD Provo, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    Britty was indeed "Gritty". I don't know of a player who takes the punishment that he does game after game only to come back and battle on. It has been nothing short of a pleasure to watch him do his magical thing as a Timpview player since the 6th grade. He was the star, the X FACTOR who had great supporting offensive teammates and an awesome defense that knew how to take the sting out of his rare mistakes. Looking forward to next year. With Covey coming back we will have a chance.

  • AnonymousMom Provo, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    Congrats to all the Timpview players, coaches, and associates on another great season. Most of these seniors also played with two years of conditioning and training from Coach Louis Wong and his staff. We remember with appreciation. And, many older brothers and dads modeled championship expectations.

    Thanks to the carpool moms; we have our fond memories of the vanload of sweaty, stinky young football boys after daily practices. Props to our Provost players: #4, #23, #30, and #58!!!

  • Pig Skin Fan Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 11:14 p.m.

    You have to give it up for TV! They Slayed the Three Headed Monster. They out coached, out played and had a bigger heart than East. Big Props to Timpview Nation. Well done. I thought you lost too many stars with last years player to repeat, but you made a few more with this years players. Champions of 4A. Great win.

    East great run, but came up short again. Agony of defeat you know once more.

  • youtefan Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 10:53 p.m.

    Frustrated! I made a comment regarding the unsportsmanship call of the Logan QB! It wasn't any different than the comments made prior to mine! And yet mine was rejected!!!! I want to know why! I didn't throw the UHSAA under the bus, or say anything about Logan's team like many of the other comments! I simply made the statement that the Logan QB had two unsportsmanship clalls in the game he was ejected from! What was wrong with that?

  • TBAnnounced9 Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 7:58 p.m.

    I said it before on this forum...Nobody in this state beats Timpview with Covey at QB. I watched him dismantle Region 8 opponents. Crazy quick and shifty, lousy throwing motion but very accurate. And he is no bigger than 5'7". Looks like a 6th grader when he tries to throw the ball, but man can he play! Best playmaker in the state, including anybody that lives in Logan.

    Congrats Timpview. Your win takes some of the sting out of getting worked over by you this year. I'm just surprised East kept it as close as they did. Good team there, too.

  • Husker1 Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    Excellent game by two solid teams. IMO Timpview won for three reasons:

    1) The East offense was too one-dimensional. They finally ran into a team that had equal talent and they couldn't pass the ball.

    2) Coaching. Timpview's coaches made excellent play calls and made good adjustments at halftime. East only scored 3 points after halftime because of those adjustments. East tried the same schemes in the 2nd half as what they used in the 1st.

    3) Discipline. East had too many penalties, especially 15-yarders.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 6:36 p.m.

    True Dat Cowboy99, absolutely!!!

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 5:37 p.m.

    @ Eagle
    Don't for get W!

  • Swishfrom3 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    It wasn't Favero that said that at Northridge....it was the Nelson Dad.

  • Pac 12 Fever Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    How can Matich burn timeouts so early im the second half? He burned an earlier one that also didn't make sense. Then they are up against the clock and do running plays...which is their bread and butter...but the clock keeps going and they don't even go no huddle?

    How can #7 make a late hit against the Covey kid that cost East a first down and not one coach says anything to him. Undisciplined. Arrogant. That program needs some help IMO.

    East was outcoached by a huge margin. Props to Timpview-they own East I guess.

    I cant believe Timpview got it done. The more talented team definitely won.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    I'll add another letter to the reason for East's defeat and that is the letter K. K is for Karma. East talks too much smack. They didn't shake hands with the captains from Woods Cross. Karma turned against them.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    While East might have had more talent A-Z except for one letter, that one letter proved crucial. And that letter is the letter C for Covey and Coaching. Covey was clutch and Timpview's staff outcoached East making the halftime adjustments while East's staff didn't.

  • slcftball Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 5:14 p.m.


    East unstoppable?

    Thanks for making me some cash Tbirds!! $$$$

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 22, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    2011- Incredibly athletic team dominates the state except for when it kept starters from Logan. year. Loses to a smaller, not as fast, disciplined Logan team on prayer pass from a dominant qb. Two losses-both to Champ Logan.

    2012- East dominates the state, nearly gets unfairly bounced for paperwork mistake. Gets beat bad by a solid Timpview team with a dominant qb-receiver tandem. Considered an upset.

    2013- East dominates the state. Gets beat by a very good, but less talented Timpview with a good great qb-reciever tandem.

    2011-2013 East 33 wins, 4 losses to two teams. Ouch.

    IMHO, If talent and size dictated champions, East should have 3 straight titles.
    Congratulations Timpview, who always seems to peak in November.

  • Gravedigger72 DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 4:50 p.m.

    Wow! Timpview completely outcoached East today. They exploited any small weakness East had, from special teams to their secondary. Whoever scouted the East team really did a fine job. But the Timpview players still had to carry out the game plan and they sure came to play. Covey was outstanding in all phases and his speed and cutting ability were insane! East definetly had the players to get it done this year- maybe the curse of the ineligible player is here to stay.

  • Eagle78 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 3:56 p.m.

    Timpview never fails to impress. After that "run and hide" nonsense over the last week I was really hoping Timpview would upset East. East was a VERY good team, but the fans were becoming a bit insufferable. Timpview is 4A royalty for a reason. The path to state pretty much always goes through them. East just wasn't up to the challenge, and hasn't been for a couple years now.

    Congratulations to the Thunderbirds. You boys continue to dominate 4A.

  • BigBenzo88 Herriman, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    This was an awesome game between two powerful teams. I think the difference between the teams is the fact that Timpview had beaten East last year and the fact that they won the championship last year.

    East is a very big and intimidating team and most of the teams East played this year were beat even before the first snap. However, East's intimidation did not affect Timpview.

    Nonetheless...East has to be considered one of the most dominant teams in 4A over the past 4 years. A quarterfinalist, a semifinalist and 2 runners up in 4 years is very good. Only 12 points and Logan and Timpview separate East from 2 State Championships. I don't know much about East other than they were a very senior heavy team. I imagine that they will find a way to be a good team next year.

  • Timp South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 3:00 p.m.

    Another great TBird title.

    Mattich does need to develop a passing game. He relies on the run too much in this day and age and it hurt him at Park City and it's hurting him at East.

    Instead of running right over undermanned teams all year they should have spent significant time/energy in developing a more rounded offensive team. They have the athletes to throw the ball, but no point in beating every team by 50 if you don't develop your total scheme. Beat them by 20 and get valuable experience learning how to throw the ball.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    why are people posting about Logan, did they play today?

  • Goldendomer Holladay, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:33 p.m.


    There must have been an error with the reporting because the Interview clearly said it was his Father. If in fact I am wrong then I owe you the Neilson family and the Logan fans an apology which I gladly offer.

    Other than gaining respect back from Mr. Neilson nothing changes from my views in my earlier post.

    East you are an awesome team and it was a hard fought game but my congratulations to this years 4A State Champs the Timpview T- Birds. Nice job Timpview was hard earned and well deserved.

  • Uncle Puttles Murray, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    How do you loose two years in a row with the talent that East has? Unbelievable? East's average coaching was exposed last week against Olympus and out-coached today vs Timpview. How do you not have a pass game with the talent that East has. Option football is a great compliment to an offense. Just not an offense in and of itself. Poor coaching! Congratulations Timpview.

  • Champ72 logan, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:18 p.m.


    I agree with you that Logan got jobbed. The UHSAA has proven on multiple occasions that they don't know what they doing, they are biased, and have the fortitude comparable to that of a mound of jelly. And they really don't like coach Favero. He has been vocal on how inept they are and how biased they are. But facts are facts Logan lost and Timpview are the state champs 2 years running now and they are to be congratulated on that incredible feat.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    exciting game, just seemed as though East was sloppy throughout the game, lots of penalties and they could not seem to cover the receivers. That Covey kid is slippery fast.

  • ddo141 Provo, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    Proud of my T-birds. Line wins baby, line wins. Great game East. I'm an old, old T-bird--fight one where ever you may be.

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    Impressive T-Birds.

  • kfbob SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    Covey may be small at 5-9,but he runs 11.1 100m, and is tough. Unfortunately East is too one-dimensional... run run and run. Once TV figured out their scheme they were toast. If these teams played 10 times TV would win 9 of them.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    East finially had a close game and choked. It doesn't matter if you dominate. The final score shows who wins. Look at the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates. Big underdog in the 1960 World Series. When they lost they got slaughtered by the Yankees. They won all the close games and thereby the World Series.

    East hasn't had a close game all year. That worked to their detriment.

  • Fallguy Payson, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    Congrats to Covey, Timpview and Region 8.

  • The Official Bingham Canyon, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    To East: good team, good season couldn't get it done. but a couple of comments about the game.at the end of the game the T- birds in Victory formation, East shows very poor sportsmanship by attacking the linemen at their ankles, reflects East leadership, from the top down.Champions know how to win or lose with their heads held high and proud because they represent their school.
    Fact is Coach Matich could not win a state championship with a very good team while coaching at Park City, and so far, cant get it done at East. With great talent in Park City and East, seems like the coaching has a history of being a stumbling block to win State. Better luck next year Coach.
    Congrats to the Timp-View T- Birds on another State Championship! enjoy and reflect on your season. East, hold your heads up and be great- full for what you have accomplished.

  • Golden Helmet Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    Two great teams, congratulations to both for being here today. It's interesting how discipline trumped this "beast" of a team. I guess the "rah rah" rhetoric can only carry you through 13 games.

  • Champ72 logan, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:52 p.m.

    What a game that Timpview team is pretty dang good. That's how you fight to the bitter end. Great job by both teams and a great year. Lets hope the rest of the games are the same in intensity and fight.

  • Black & White SLC, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:54 p.m.


    Old news..., get over it!

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:52 p.m.


    If it was "flagrant" as you say, then it was unsportsmanlike. You can't defend it. The kid is a hot head and it cost his teammates an opportunity at the title. If Logan was all that good as you claim, they would have beat Olympus. But they didn't, better luck next year.

  • Champ72 logan, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    That was coach Favero who said "Nelson" not his dad.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    WILSON! #62... another State Championship, add another ring to the family collection!

  • Daved6 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    Did I just see a 5'7 150 lb qb embarrass this highly regarded East team? Yep

  • MJB Tooele, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    What an amazing sack by Gabe Reid to clinch the title!

  • tlars provo, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    Taylor and Robbie Larson In Minnesota airport, GO TBIRDS

  • Goldendomer Holladay, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    Logan fans still upset about the "Right Call". Neilson is a great QB but what he did was un sportsman like and selfish. Oly was every bit as good a team as Logan and they proved it on the field. I kinda think the Neilson boy had a little bit of "I can do no wrong" view of him self. Understandable but still not the right attitude when leading a football team. There ain't no "I" in team!

    I was watching the young Mr. Neilson in an interview after a hard fought victory this year and instead of letting his son, who played great by the way, have the spotlight his father jumped in the middle of the interview and kissed him right on the face and then proceeded to yell "Neilson" into the camera. After that it was clear where he got is inflated sense of confidence. It was also after that I started hoping Logan lost.

    Bottom line is this. Even if Logan beat Oly there is no way they could hang with Timpview more or less East. The right teams are in the championship and I am pulling for Timpview.

    Go T-Birds

  • Auntie Tafi Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    Watching our nephew and cheering for our nephew, Gabe Reid, from Mesa, AZ! GET EM TIMPVIEW:))

  • jwfrisch Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    Supporting East! From Bloomington, Indiana (Go Hoosiers!)

  • HayHay Corvallis, OR
    Nov. 22, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    Supporting Timpview, my little brother #62 and cousins #17 and #90 all the way from Corvallis! Let's go T-Birds, TAKE STATE!!

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 22, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    Hey. Sure, what the Logan kid did was CLEARLY unsportsmanlike. Oh, wait. No it wasn't, it could be interpreted to be. And, yes, that is exactly the point I'm making. I'm not really over it, because it wasn't flagrant. The whole thing is petty.

    On the other hand...minute left in the half:

    East looks like a complete team. But dare I say, as good as they are, East is underwhelming. With all that speed and size, I really don't feel like East is matching Timpview's discipline, heart or hustle. Almost like East is just going to hope TV wears down under East's sheer athleticism.

    Timpview is relying on Covey-Van Leewan, all the way, every other play. So far, seems like a solid plan. Also, TV defense is playing hearts out. Except for a couple missed assignments, they are holding their own.

  • Prep Fan 89 Draper, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    It's comical to me to see so many on here say "Logan got what they deserved" as your knee jerk response. But many of you are the same people that defended East last year when they should have forfeited their way out of the playoffs. Gotta love it.

  • skoalson Walnut Creek , CA
    Nov. 22, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    this is sam from walnut creek ca. i was qb at east in late 90's go leopards!!

    Nov. 22, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    I have a feeling that missed extra point by east is going to come back and bite them. Pure domination by East so far however.

  • KH Holladay, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    "Best* teams. *Logan was pretty good too. Until running into an official's itchy fingers and USHAA's spongy, unpredictably flimsy spine."

    You're right. Nobody should ever be punished for bad sportsmanship, especially if it involves kicking at another player.

  • md Cache, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    plebian. It is over for Logan. Move on.

  • CBAX Provo, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 11:06 a.m.

    Correction: Logan was a pretty good player. East and Timpview are teams.

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 22, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Best* teams. *Logan was pretty good too. Until running into an official's itchy fingers and USHAA's spongy, unpredictably flimsy spine.