Timpview quarterback Britain Covey broke loose as the last minutes of the first half wound down in a Class 4A state semifinal Thursday night.
But a would-be 65-yard touchdown scamper, which included a spin move that left a Woods Cross defender clutching air, was called back because of a holding penalty.
Although this is the quarterback's first year of playing varsity, this hardly was the first time that open-field running by the quick and elusive Covey resulted in a do-over.
"Oh yeah, it's happened. Freshman football you run back [to the line of scrimmage] and you're just dead. It's awful," Covey said. "You yell at them for a second and then you realize, 'I love you.'
"Tomorrow I'm gonna go pull a prank on whoever was holding. But no, I still love 'em. It's all right."
Covey, a 5-foot-9 junior, led Timpview to a 37-6 win over Woods Cross. And not everything came back.
In fact, Covey finished with 204 yards passing and 68 yards rushing. When the season began, Covey was not the starting quarterback. But he got the opportunity in the third game of the season and has stayed behind center since.
"We've made a lot of changes, and it's worked out for the best," Covey said. "Our team is so unselfish. I feel like we were really focused coming into practice this week. This was probably the most physical game we've played all year."
Among Covey's highlights in the semifinal win was a 19-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put the T-birds up 20-7. He also found senior wideout Rhett VanLeuwen on a 14-yard scoring strike in the third in which Covey initially rolled to the right sideline, turned back to the left and flung to the open man heading toward the left side of the end zone.
Covey almost broke three tackles while scrambling from sack attempts on another play, but he was ruled down before he could escape the last one.
"I need to work on stepping up in the pocket, using their over-pursuit to my advantage," said Covey, who will have another opportunity in the 4A championship next week against East High. "Make a small move and get outside. And I need to trust my speed."
"He's done the same thing all season very hard to corral," Timpview coach Cary Whittingham said. "He ran the ball more than we would have liked. That's not the game plan. But when that happens, he's more than capable of doing that."