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Devils run over Thunderbirds

Springville's Trevyn Smith eludes Timpview's Dave Jackson, left, and Greg Atkinson in Friday's game.
Springville's Trevyn Smith eludes Timpview's Dave Jackson, left, and Greg Atkinson in Friday's game.
Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News

PROVO — Fans went to the Springville at Timpview football game expecting to see a clash comparable to two semi-trailer trucks loaded with car batteries and missiles colliding head-on.

The battle between Region 6 superpowers did leave plenty of carnage on the field, but only one team's truck was loaded with energy and firepower. In what some Springville fans are calling one of the biggest wins in school history, the 7-0 Red Devils pretty much had their way with what is considered a vicious Timpview defense in notching a 34-24 bruising win over the top-ranked Class 4A team.

"We figured this would be the region championship game, and if we take care of business, it could be," Springville coach Doug Bills said.

The Red Devils, behind the passing of Scott Pickering, running of Trevyn Smith and Bruce Sommerfeldt, and receiving of Tanner Rehrer, racked up a shocking 465 yards of total offense against the Thunderbirds — and most of that came in the first three quarters. With 11 minutes remaining in the game, Springville held a commanding 34-10 lead. Coming into the game Timpview had held opponents to under six points per game, but Springville did not punt one time in the contest.

"That's a good football team," Timpview coach Chad Van Orden said. "They beat us physically; they beat us scheme-wise; they just got after us."

A few key plays in the game's early going, Springville's dominance in the trenches and the Red Devils' sticky secondary were the difference. Pickering, hitting 13 of 16 for 250 yards and two touchdowns, and Rehrer, with eight catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns, had career games. The shifty and sure-handed Rehrer also had a key interception. And it was his 70-yard game-breaker in the second quarter was the play that shocked the T-Birds orange.

"They made big plays when they needed to," Van Orden said.

The T-Birds appeared to have stopped the Red Devils on their first possession, but a dead-ball personal foul kept the drive going. Four passes to Rehrer later, the last being a 14-yard touchdown toss, and Springville was up 7-0. Timpview responded in its familiar style by romping down field in a hurry behind the scrambling of Stephen Covey and power running of Harvey Unga. Covey capped off the four-minute 69-yard drive when he found Luke Ashworth for a 5-yard touchdown toss.

Springville was pinned on its own 5-yard line on the ensuing kick, but runs by Pickering and Smith moved the ball to the 30. From there, Pickering found Rehrer flying down the middle deep and hit him in stride for a 70-yard score. A key play on Timpview's next possession was a fourth-and-3 play on Springville's 35 where Covey appeared to have open field to run for a first down but threw deep and just out of reach on Andrew Badger near the goal line.

After the Red Devils took over they marched quickly down to the 1-yard line, thanks to a 25-yard catch by Bronson Lott and a 24-yard run by Sommerfeldt. Pickering rolled in from there to give the Red Devils a 21-7 halftime lead.

"Our offensive line just dominated. They were just awesome," Bills said.

Timpview started the second half with a time-consuming drive that resulted in only a 26-yard field goal from David Jackson. When Springville's Mike Wing returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to Timpview's 34, the Red Devils scored again four runs later. <