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Prep football notebook: Timpview's game-winning catch embroiled in controversy

Published September 10, 2011 1:51 pm

Prep football • Mountain View faithful say video evidence shows pass was incomplete.
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With one second left, things didn't look good for Timpview. The Thunderbirds were down 25-21 to Mountain View and 21 yards out from a score. It only made sense to call a throw to Ricky Shumway, the team's stud receiver.

Quarterback Jake Lloyd heaved a pass to Shumway, who ran a fade. He jumped up for the ball, and so did a defender. Both came down with their hands around the ball, but Shumway seemed to strip it away. The officials conferred and declared a touchdown, the game-winner.

The only problem? The Bruins cried foul to what they felt was a dropped pass. Video and photo evidence from the game is blurry, but seems to verify Mountain View's claim that Shumway never brought down the ball.

Utah High School Athletics Association director of officials Mike Petty said he had received numerous emails from Mountain View parents and administrators about the play with appeals to change the result of the game. Petty said the UHSAA and the national association do not allow overturned calls retroactively, and he had not personally seen enough evidence to go against the call confirmed by two officials at the game.

Bruins coach Jon Snyder said he was disappointed after seeing the video replay, and also said he saw one official call the catch incomplete before the referees conferenced. But he said he told his players to let go of the perceived injustice.

"Ultimately, this game is just going to make us better," Snyder said. "Sometimes things aren't fair, and the best thing for us is to move on and get ready for Provo next week."

Whether or not the catch was legitimate, Timpview escaped with the win. But the team realizes the close call is indicative of deeper problems its still working out after years of being the team to beat.

"Right now we need to find ourselves," coach Louie Wong said. "I told our kids they can't rely on the past teams, because we're not very good right now. But winning gives us confidence."

Pioneers running game racks up 600 yards

Lehi has come a long way from being a laughingstock.

To call the Pioneers' run game "potent" would undersell how effective the wing-T offense has been in recent weeks. Friday night, Lehi piled up a whopping 600 yards on the ground against Payson — only 17 yards off the state record, held by Park City.

Zane Munger was unstoppable in the game, running for 309 yards and six touchdowns on his own. And he wasn't the only big threat for Lehi on Friday.

"Payson was keying so hard on Folo [Ulikivaiola] because he's been on a roll, so Zane took over," coach Dave Hastings said. "It starts up front, and our line was great. And I think we've got three premier backs, so when one or two of them get jammed, the other can have a great game. This week it was Zane."

Ulikivaiola — the running back they call "Bubba" — didn't get a touchdown, but piled up 159 yards on the ground.

Lehi is getting prepared for a tough Region 4 schedule. The team has dramatically improved after not winning a game the previous two seasons, but Hastings admitted there are things to sharpen up before the Pioneers line up against Riverton, Lone Peak and Bingham.

"I think we can always improve what we do up front," he said. "We like our schedule because it's allowed us to work on the things we do and the kids have bought in. But we know these next few weeks will be tough."

Winning by a foot

A lot of games came down to clutch field goals Friday night — some more unusual than others.

East came away with a dramatic 23-20 overtime win on a 36-yard kick by starting quarterback Jason Cook, who plays soccer for the Leopards in the spring. Granger and Cottonwood each completed comebacks with field goals by kickers who had been off-target earlier in the evening on extra points.