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High school football: Timpview takes it to Provo 26-7 to advance to the 5A semifinal round

Motivated by some trash talk throughout the week, Timpview took it out on Provo for a dominating win and a trip back to Rice-Eccles Stadium.

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Timpview’s Carsen Ryan dives into the end zone with Provo’s Taylor Heiner as the two teams play in quarterfinal football action in Provo on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Timpview won 26-7.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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PROVO — Inner city rivalries often run hot and the buildup for Timpview versus Provo in 5A quarterfinal action proved no exception. Social media was alive this past week with Provo players calling its crosstown rival out, according to Timpview players and coaches, with those same T-bird players taking notice and motivation from the banter.

“They were all saying they wanted us, and stuff, and they got us,” said Timpview senior Sione Moa.

Indeed, Provo received the full brunt of a Thunderbird team that seems to be peaking at the right time, handing the Bulldogs a resounding 26-7 defeat. The win left Timpview players and coaches jubilant at the prospect of playing at Rice-Eccles Stadium in the 5A semifinal round.

“We had to figure some things out and then got it going. We’re getting better each week and our back are just running hard.” — Timpview coach Andy Stokes

“I’m at a loss for words, honestly,” Moa said of the prospect of advancing to the semifinal round. “I’ve always dreamed of playing there.”

Turns out, it was the play of Moa that helped turned a big tide against Provo.

The Bulldogs took an early 7-0 lead off a big punt return from Ryan Harward and subsequent Luke Haslem-to-Harward touchdown pass at the 7:13 mark of the first quarter.

But Timpview didn’t take long to respond.

A fumble recovery by Logan Fano set up a short field for the Thunderbirds with Moa capitalizing on a 1-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 7-7 with 2:58 left in the first quarter. A short time later saw the T-birds score again, this time with quarterback Elijah Allen hitting Carsen Ryan for a 7-yard touchdown pass for a 14-7 lead at the start of the second quarter.

From there, Timpview rolled.

An interception by Moa quickly gave way to a 15-yard touchdown run by the same player to build a 21-7 lead before an errant snap gave the T-birds a safety and a commanding 23-7 lead.

“We had to figure some things out and then got it going,” said Timpview coach Andy Stokes. “We’re getting better each week and our back are just running hard.”

As has often been the case this season, both Moa and Raider Damuni played central roles in providing big plays to turn the game into a comfortable win for the T-birds, although Moa took the limelight on Friday.

“It’s huge and we expect that from them,” Stokes said. “I tell them all the time that big-time players make big-time plays, so they come out every week and make big-time plays.”

A 26-yard field from Lance Taylor gave Timpview a 26-7 lead entering the half, a score that held throughout a second half that saw a lot of punts and a lot of focus by Timpview of running out the clock.

  • Watch replay: Timpview 26, Provo 7

Provo’s lone drive that saw any type of success in the second half also worked against it, as Timpview forced all the yards made to come underneath the coverage for short chunks of yardage that ultimately ate a lot of clock late in the third quarter and extending into the fourth.

“We just wanted to burn clock no matter how we did it,” Stokes said. “Better them burning it that us, but we’re glad we got it done.”

Timpview had been a regular feature at Rice-Eccles Stadium to end seasons for a lot of years, but haven’t played there since 2015, which left players chanting, “Rice-Eccles!” after the game.

“We haven’t been on the carpet in a couple of years, so we’re excited to get back there,” Stokes said.

Timpview will take on Lehi, which defeated Farmington 27-21, in the semifinal round this coming Thursday.