LEHI — One five-minute stretch changed what was otherwise a tight battle between highly favored Timpview and Lehi, then the T-Birds rumbled to what looked to be an easy 38-14 victory.
As the Pioneers took an eight-point lead halfway through the first quarter, it appeared the Thunderbirds might have overlooked Lehi just enough for the men in purple to make a game of it.
But then Timpview's defense finally took control of the field and the potent offense showed exactly why the team is No. 3 ranked in the state and No. 1 in all of 4A.
Lehi was short-circuited in its attempt to shock Utah's high school football landscape as the T-Birds stifled the offense that was running on all cylinders just moments before and proved that good field position can lead to quick scores.
With just over 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the T-Birds revved their engines. Timpview quarterback Benjamin Bateman tossed a 39-yard reception to Griffin Miller that put the T-Birds on the Lehi 16. Then he added the easy pass to Preston Phillips from three yards out for the score. The two connected again for a 9-yard touchdown pass two minutes later, after the T-Birds stifled a Lehi offense that had been running all over the field through the first 18 minutes.
The third touchdown in less than five minutes came just after Bateman went down hard, received medical attention on the field, and eventually left the game. He was replaced by Kauo Kawai, who immediately ran it in from two yards out, giving the T-Birds the two-touchdown lead heading into the half.
But then everything in the first half happened quickly. After Devin Mausia ran for his first of two Timpview touchdowns from one yard out, Lehi took over and scored twice within 2 1/2 minutes to take the early lead.
Mausia scored the only touchdown of the second half, in the fourth quarter on his second run of the game, giving the T-Birds their final margin of victory.
The first of Lehi's two touchdowns came on a 5-yard run by Tyler Berry and the second came two minutes later after Tyson College's first of two picks in the game. Lehi quarterback Tyson Nolan threw an amazing pass to Henrique Silva early in the third quarter for 44 yards, but the Pioneers couldn't take advantage and slim Timpview's margin.
After his first injury Bateman retook the field for the T-Birds only to find himself on the ground again with just less than three minutes left in the third quarter. He was sidelined for the remainder of the game, with Kawai taking over at quarterback for the highly rated leader.