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T-Birds put away ‘Dogs in 2nd half

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PROVO — Senior night brought out all the stars Friday afternoon as Timpview recovered from a sluggish first half to dominate the second half of its homecoming game over arch rival Provo, winning 35-3.

Provo's 3-0 halftime lead had Timpview fans wondering what happened to 4A's No. 2 team. The Thunderbirds' 35 unanswered points, though, quickly put all questions to rest.

"Anytime we beat our rival it's great," said Timpview head coach Chad Van Orden. "We came out in the third quarter and put it away. Because of our tradition, the kids expect to win."

Thunderbird senior quarterback Stephen Covey paced Timpview (7-1, 3-1), completing 16 out of 24 passes for 350 yards with five touchdowns and an interception. His five touchdowns and 294 yards came in the second half while completing nine of 11 passes.

Provo (3-5, 1-3) burst out of the gate, giving the ball to senior running back Rob Argyle, who rushed for 78 yards in the first half. The Bulldogs established three successful drives in the first half but weren't able to put points on the board until the final minute.

That score came on a 24-yard field goal by Bulldog senior Danny Bell, set up by a 32-yard quarterback keeper by sophomore Warner Jarman.

The Bulldogs outgained the T-Birds by 30 yards in the first half as Timpview's lethargic offense failed to move the ball. Provo, nevertheless, could take just a three-point halftime advantage.

The second half played out differently. On the half's second play, Covey completed a 49-yard touchdown pass to senior Luke Ashworth. On the first play of the next drive, Covey connected with senior Andrew Badger for another 49-yard touchdown.

"Maybe we were calling the wrong plays," Van Orden said. "If I could figure it out, I would tell (the players) before the game."

The dominance continued as Covey completed touchdown passes of 74 and 35 yards to Ashworth and eight yards to Badger.

Altogether, Ashworth caught eight balls for 201 yards and Badger snagged four for 70 yards.

Timpview's defense also stepped up, allowing less than zero second-half yards. Twelve of the Bulldogs' 28 second-half plays went backwards.

In the middle of it all, Thunderbird senior running back Harvey Unga managed to run the ball for 138 yards on 14 carries — 95 in the second half alone.

"We did a couple of things to isolate (Covey)," Van Orden said. "He can really throw the ball, and we've got some receivers that can catch it. We were giving them enough Harvey to catch them off guard."