SPRINGVILLE — There were no surprises when 4A's top-ranked Timpview took the field against struggling Springville on Thursday. The only question was how many points Timpview would score. The answer: a lot.
The T-Birds built a massive halftime lead before putting the brakes on its offense and winning 51-7.
"I thought we played well," said Timpview coach Louis Wong. "We came out and executed and made very few mistakes. I'm happy with the way our kids are playing. Our biggest challenge is not being complacent."
Timpview was able to do anything it wanted on offense and was never challenged defensively. Quarterback Quinn Mecham threw for 198 yards and ran and threw for a touchdown while playing for only two quarters.
Springville had probably hoped to keep the score more respectable but seemed to give up early in the second quarter when the game got out of hand. Timpview took advantage of the score to spread the ball around and get its reserves some playing time.
"These guys play hard," said Wong. "They practice hard. At this point we're just trying to keep everybody happy and get everybody touches. These guys deserve it."
Timpview's first score came on a nine-yard scramble by Quinn Mecham. Seconds later the score was 14-0 when an interception set up a 20-yard scoring pass from Mecham to Vaughan Greening.
The T-Birds' only gaff of the game came on the next possession when they fumbled the ball into the end zone before scoring another touchdown.
Ercanbrack caught a 21-yard TD pass from Mecham early in the second quarter, and a high snap over the punter's head resulted in a safety on Springville's next possession.
Dominique Moe scored from 11 yards out, Jerome Patterson had a 7-yard TD run and Benji Bright added a 3-yard touchdown plunge making the halftime score 44-0.
Springville had one first down during the first two quarters, while Timpview didn't face a single fourth down.
On Springville's first play of the second half, Clayton Case intercepted a pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown.
"I don't want our kids to get comfortable," said Wong. "You never take an opponent lightly. With a bye coming up this week we're going to get some touches to get us ready for Provo and into the playoffs."
Officials ran a continuous game clock to shorten the game in the second half. The Red Devils got on the board late in the fourth quarter. Isaac Allred completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Boyd. With that, Springville avoided its third shutout.