Springville • Forcing Timpview to a fourth down does not mean the coaching staff will call for the kicking team.
No, no, no.
If quarterback Britain Covey can’t get the job done in three downs, it’s a good bet he will on fourth down.
Timpview converted a trio of fourth-down attempts in the first half, and all three led to touchdowns as the Thunderbirds worked over Springville 35-0 on Friday night.
"Based on field position, it was a choice we made to go for it on fourth down and to try and get the points," Timpview coach Cary Whittingham said. "It gives the offense a lot of confidence when they can get those fourth-down conversions, and that’s what we’re trying to build as the region continues on."
Covey capped a 57-yard touchdown drive with a 4-yard run on Timpview’s first drive of the game to give the Thunderbirds a 7-0 lead.
After a Springville three-and-out, Timpview put together a drive that stalled on the Red Devil 29. But Covey completed a 10-yard pass to Knight Woodward on fourth-and-8.
Move the chains.
Kendall Tu’ua finished the drive with an 18-yard run with 3 minutes, 50 seconds left in the first quarter.
Timpview converted on another fourth down on its next possession, which proved to be the turning point in the game. The Thunderbirds faced a fourth-and-2 at the Springville 5.
What to do? Timpview took a timeout to think about it.
The Thunderbirds decided to let Covey do his thing. He ran it up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead.
If that wasn’t demoralizing enough for Springville’s defense, Timpview passed up another chance to kick and once again it paid off. Covey completed a 7-yard past to Rhett VanLeeuwen on fourth-and-3 at the Springville 28.
Covey hooked up with VanLeeuwen again, this time for a 20-yard TD pass that gave Timpview a 28-0 lead with a minute left in the first half.
It was more than enough for a Timpview defense that has given up just seven points in the last two weeks while taking down a pair of previously undefeated teams in Salem Hills and Springville.
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