SANDY — Timpview’s move to a new region in the massive state realignment this year presented the Thunderbirds with a chance to revisit several old rivalries.
But the goal remained angular for the Thunderbirds: win a region title.
With one game remaining, that goal is still (mathematically) on the table.
Amoni Tuha ran for 139 yards and a touchdown, and big back Jacob Bosco rushed for three touchdowns as Timpview locked down Jordan, 28-14 Thursday night in Sandy in the first game between the two opponents since 1982.
“This team is playing well, and this game was huge,” said Tuha, whose team attempted just two passes in the first half en route to a 14-0 lead. “It could help us win a region title, and that’s always our goal.”
With the win, the Thunderbirds (6-2, 3-1 Region 7) remained the only team within a game of undefeated Corner Canyon (8-0, 4-0). The Chargers can wrap up an outright region title and undefeated regular season next Wednesday at home against the Beetdiggers.
That made Thursday night’s game critical for Jordan (6-3, 2-2). But Timpview opened the contest with a six-minute drive of nine runs and just one pass attempt. Bosco scored his first touchdown on an eight-yard rush with 5:51 left in the first quarter, and the Thunderbirds were rolling.
On the Beetdiggers’ first offensive series, quarterback Crew Wakley, who entered the game with more than 8,000 yards of total offense, was picked off on his third play by Luke Simpson.
Three plays and 24 yards later, Tuha was plowing into the end zone with a 7-yard scoring run that put the visitors on top, 14-0 at the break.
“Our offensive line was working really hard, and Amone got some great yards after contact,” Timpview coach Cary Whittingham said. “We knew we had to run the ball, and I don’t think we had any turnovers, either.”
But Jordan didn’t go away.
Jake Shaver returned the second half-opening kickoff 46 yards, and Wakley capped a 10-play drive with a 10-yard TD strike to Ethan Bolingbroke to get the Beetdiggers on the board.
After recovering an onside kick, Wakley again led the Beetdiggers 43 yards down the field and helped tie the game on Shaver’s 7-yard scoring plunge with 4:00 left in the third quarter.
But Timpview’s defense finished out the game, and Bosco plunged in twice in the fourth quarter from inside the 2-yard line to give the Thunderbirds the win.
“The defense had a good plan and executed it well. They played their hearts out,” Whittingham said.
“Any time you can hold a team like that to 14 points, you are doing something special.”
Timpview hosts Cottonwood next Wednesday to close out the regular season.
Corner Canyon 38, Alta 21
At Alta, Tai Gonzalez ran for three touchdowns — all in the first half — as the Chargers clinched at least a share of the Region 7 title with a dominant rivalry win.
Cole Hagen tossed a pair of touchdowns for Corner Canyon (8–0, 4-0 Region 7), who played without Boise State-bound quarterback Zach Wilson.
The Chargers kept the Hawks out of the end zone until Tu’u Afu scored on a 2-yard TD run in the third quarter. Will Dana threw a pair of touchdown passes to Zach Engstrom in the final period for Alta (4-4, 2-2)
Alta travels to Brighton next Wednesday to finish the regular season.
See the prep scoreboard for complete results from Thursday night’s high school football games.