A one-sided rivalry: Timpview rolls over Provo 51-22

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Dallin Burningham

Timpview’s domination of their rivalry with Provo has endured for decades, winning every football game since 1988, and on Friday, September 7th the trend continued as Timpview cruised to a 51-22 point victory.

The game was somewhat competitive early on, as Timpview got off to a relatively slow 7-0 start. After the second quarter Timpview increased the lead thanks to two rushing touchdowns scored by senior Sione Moa. The second half was more entertaining, featuring more big plays, such as the interception return for a touchdown by Brian Stone and the kick return for a touchdown by Provo’s Ben Myles-Mills.

Timpview rushing attack has been strong all year and Friday was no exception. The Thunderbirds had a relentless rushing attack with 332 total rushing yards, with 133 of those coming from freshman Targhee Lamson. Credit is also given to the offensive line, regarded by many as the best in the state.

Junior lineman John Doxey said: “Our Coaches believe in us, and see our potential and how hard we’ve worked, it’s amazing. We also have really good chemistry, on and off the field and that’s key. We often hang out together and do a lot together as a unit.”

Doxey felt ecstatic about the game.

“The students section was great. It’s always good to beat a rivalry team. It felt good to get that 30 peat…. We played really well on Friday, we just need to work on finishing.” 

Senior Tute Hunkin, a linebacker for the Thunderbirds, thought the second half was a bit underwhelming.

“First half we did pretty good but second half we dropped off a little bit, we weren’t focusing on our assignments, but at the end we just broke the barrier and just killed them,” he said. The thunderbirds defense was stifling in the first half, but did allow all 22 of Provo’s points in the second half.

Some were concerned about how the feel of the new facility would affect the players, but the players hardly noticed a difference.

“It wasn’t that weird, it felt like we’re on a normal field against Provo. It was pretty fun too,” Hunkin said. While the stadium was new, the facility maintained its’ old appearance and atmosphere.

The Timpview passing attack has had it’s struggles this year, but looked much improved against Provo, with QB Nui Adolpho throwing for a season high 227 yards and completing 59% of his passes, a huge improvement on his season average of 44%.

Timpview fans hope that this is one of many games that the team will show how easy it is to impose their will on opponents. In the end, it was just another chapter in a one-sided rivalry.