Provo • When Timpview quarterback Britain Covey gets down his timing with Rhett VanLeeuwen, combined with Kendall Tu’ua and Tristan Bradley getting room to run, what chance do you have to beat the Thunderbirds?
Answer: Slim to none.
Salem Hills found out just how many different ways Timpview can score Friday night when the T-birds opened Region 8 play with a convincing 40-7 win.
“They were 3-0 and they had a lot of confidence,” Timpview coach Cary Whittingham said. “We knew if we didn’t come out quick and hard, it could have been a whole different game. We like to spread the ball around so no one can take away any one aspect of the offense. We have a good running back, a good quarterback and some good receivers.”
Covey hooked up with VanLeeuwen for a pair of touchdown passes, and Tu’ua had a pair of touchdown runs to help the T-birds run away with the game.
Timpview wasted no time making a statement. The score was 16-0 before fans even had settled into their seats.
The T-birds picked up a safety after a punt pinned Salem Hills on its own 3.
When Timpview got the ball back, Tu’ua scored on a 17-yard run.
Salem Hills tried to pass its way back into the game, but Timpview’s defense was ready. Emmett Tela promptly picked off a Porter Gustin pass at the Salem Hills 22. The T-birds cashed in on the turnover when Bradley scored on a 1-yard run to give Timpview a 16-0 lead.
After Timpview settled for a 29-yard field goal from Zach Simpson, the T-birds went to the air. Covey connected with VanLeeuwen for two touchdown passes from 42 and 33 yards to push the lead to 33-0.
Salem Hills finally got on the board with 4 minutes, 53 seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 33-7.
It could have been worse, but Salem Hills’ Scott Lyman picked off a Covey pass in the end zone with a minute left in the half to help stop the bleeding.