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Timberwolves pull away from Knights

LAYTON — Timpanogos' offense didn't disappoint Friday night, scoring six touchdowns in a 42-26 upset of No. 4 Northridge. But it was the Timberwolves' defense that made the two key plays in the game.

The two teams put up a scoreless first quarter before opening the offensive floodgates over the next 12 minutes. Northridge started the scoring with a five-yard run by Alex Froelich, but quickly found itself down 7-6 after missing the extra point and then watching Taylor Lyons return the ensuing kickoff and Parker Brown punching through the point after.

From there, the two teams played "anything you can do I can do better." Froelich scored again in the half, while Christian Stewart redeemed his two opening drive interceptions with a 31-yard rushing touchdown and a 35-yard touchdown toss to his favorite receiver, Grant Jimenez. The scoreboard couldn't keep up with the 48 points the two teams combined for, leaving it 28-20 at the half in favor of Timpanogos.

"At halftime we talked about how 20 points was way too much for how we've been playing," said Timpanogos coach Brad Molen.

His team listened and shut out the Knights in the third quarter, but the Knights returned the favor with a shutout of the T-Wolves as well. With 12 more scoreless minutes under their belt, both the Timberwolves and Knights found themselves itching to get back into the end zone.

The Knights eventually scored first, but only after being held on fourth and goal on the previous drive. The six came after Froelich burst through the line and outran the T-Wolves defense for 50 yards to pull Northridge within two at 28-26. The T-Wolves defense responded at the goal line again as Braden Mitchell's two-point run hit a dead end in Rhett Reiser to fall inches short.

"That was a huge momentum play," Molen noted.

From there, the Timberwolves put up 14 unanswered points, while the defense recorded three interceptions and held the Knights on another fourth down.

"Our defense continued to step up. That's three good games now," said Molen.

Stewart finished the night with 255 yards passing to push his season total over 3,000. He threw for three touchdowns, two of which were to Jimenez, and rushed for the other.

"They were overplaying Taylor Lyons, and Christian (Stewart) did a great job reading that and going the other way," said Molen.

Froelich and Peni Maka'afi combined for 258 yards on the ground to lead Northridge.

"We should have scored on that fourth and goal. We knew we needed to stay tight. We couldn't mix it up when they went up two scores, and from there it got out of hand," said Northridge coach Erik Thompson.