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Timpview ‘D’ may get test from Knights

Teams’ offenses have struggled in second half

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The Timpview football team has a reputation of fielding a powerful offense year after year. If you talk to other coaches, however, they'll praise the T-Birds' defense as much, if not more, than their offense.

Even Timpview coach Chad Van Orden credits his team's defensive effort as the key to both of the wins this season. But both teams that Timpview has played mainly ran the ball and nobody has really tried to test the T-Birds' secondary yet. That should change tonight when Timpview (2-0) visits Lone Peak. The Knights (0-2) throw the ball and pass it about the same number of plays, and they have two very able quarterbacks in Matt Bahr and Mike Jensen.

"They mix it up pretty well," Van Orden said.

Lone Peak is in the middle of the most difficult schedule stretch in high school football. The Knights could have won both of their first two games and probably have a better chance of beating Timpview tonight than they do Hunter High next week. Coach Monte Morgan said his players have learned in the first two games that the margin of victory can be pretty narrow. But if the Knights get into a scoring contest against the T-Birds, they'll probably come out on the short end again.

"We have to keep the score low and keep the ball away from them," Morgan said.

Both teams have struggled offensively in the second half of their first two games. Van Orden wants to see a better balance of run and pass plays from his new spread offense. Morgan wants his team to take advantage of the scoring opportunities that it gets. Both coaches said their teams can't turn the ball over and expect to win.

The outcome will probably come down to defense and the winner will be the team that makes the most key stops.

Rayburn's prediction: Timpview

Springville (0-1) at Mountain View (0-2)

Both teams are glad to have this game on the schedule. A good matchup to work out some kinks.

Rayburn's prediction: Springville

Orem (0-1) at Spanish Fork (1-0)

The Dons have a passing attack that's ready to erupt. The Tigers will feel the force of the offensive explosion.

Rayburn's prediction: Spanish Fork

Payson (0-2) at Lehi (1-1)

The Lions' offense has marched up and down the field in two games; however, not as much as the opposing team's offense.

Rayburn's prediction: Lehi

Provo (0-2) at Timpanogos (1-1)

The T-Wolves possibly have the most talent in the valley. Some team is soon going to be a victim of their potential. It could be the Bulldogs.

Rayburn's prediction: Timpanogos

Pleasant Grove (1-1) at American Fork (1-1)

This will be a defining game for both teams. It will also probably be the closest contest of the night in Utah County between two very good teams.

Rayburn's prediction: American Fork

Rayburn's record: Last week (6-3); season (11-5)

Pick your winners

Try your hand at picking the winners each week of Utah County's high school football games. Enter the Deseret Morning News Utah County Grid Picks contest online at deseretnews.com/gridpicks/utco.

Winners of the Aug. 29 contest are: Michael Allred, Salt Lake City, 9 correct of 10, 9 points off on tie-breaker score. David Durrant, Grantsville, 9 correct, 12 on tiebreaker. Daniel Judd, Provo, 9 correct, 14 on tiebreaker. Pania Heimuli, Salt Lake City, 8 correct, 2 on tiebreaker. Eric Schultz, Orem, 8 correct, 8 on tiebreaker. Nathan Burton, American Fork, 8 correct, 9 on tiebreaker. John David, Gaithersburg, Md., 8 correct, 9 on tiebreaker.

E-mail: jimr@desnews.com