Friday , November 21, 2014 - 10:58 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Timpview High has spent over a decade thoroughly outclassing its opponents on the gridiron.
Roy refused to play the role of just another victim in the 4-A state championship at the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium Friday night, but in the end, Timpview proved yet again it puts the ‘T’ in ‘Too Much to Handle.’
Despite a first-half defensive performance that showcased Roy as more than deserving of its spot in the final game of the season, Timpview responded with four second-half touchdowns to defeat the Royals 28-7 and win its third straight state championship and eighth in 11 years.
“I thought we got outplayed pretty bad in the second half,” Roy coach Fred Fernandes said. “They’re a pretty good team. I thought we were, too, and I still think we are. A couple bad breaks in the second half just too much to overcome.”
Roy led 7-0 at halftime thanks to a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Skidmore to Baby Tee Eteuati and a swarming defense that sacked Timpview star quarterback Britain Covey four times and limited him to just 14 rushing yards.
James Martinez led the charge with key plays to stop each of Timpview’s first three drives. Martinez sacked Covey to end the Thunderbirds’ first possession and blew through the line of scrimmage to stuff a third-and-2 run on Timpview’s second drive before ripping the ball away from Timpview running back Tristan Bradley for a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the Thunderbirds’ third possession.
Jackson Herre notched a pair of sacks and Carlos Guerrero had another for Roy in the first half.
Fernandes felt good about his team’s chances even despite Timpview marching down the field for a touchdown on its first drive of the second half, but a Will Watanabe 70-yard punt return for a touchdown that gave the Thunderbirds their first lead of the game produced a drop in morale on the Roy sideline that Fernandes said he could “absolutely” feel.
“Momentum shifted and they only had one offensive play to do it,” Fernandes said. “That punt return was a really big play and kind of changed things a little bit. We were still in it, but that changed the momentum quite a bit.”
Roy’s defense continued to keep the Royals in it until the fourth quarter when Covey ripped off a pair of runs that netted 47 yards before finding Samson Nacua for a 9-yard touchdown.
Following an interception – Skidmore’s second of the game – on Roy’s next drive, Covey ran for 27 more yards on two plays. Bradley then punched it in from three yards out.
“It probably wouldn’t hurt as bad if we were 3-7 or something, but when you go 12-0 and then you lose, it’s a little hard to swallow,” Fernandes said.
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