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Timpview opens up the season with a 31-10 win over Lone Peak, the defending 6A State Champions

Photo Credit: Darnell Dickson/Daily Herald

PROVO, UTAH—For the past three years, Timpview opened the season off with a loss to Lone Peak. However, on Friday night, the tables turned. The Thunderbirds pulled off a 31-10 win over the defending 6A Champions.

Pokaiaua Haunga and Micah Beckstead led the way for Timpview. Haunga, who is committed to BYU, showed out in the first half with a sack, an interception, and a receiving touchdown. Haunga put Timpview on the board first with a 37-yard touchdown from quarterback, Quezon Villa.

But Beckstead carried the run game for the Thunderbirds with 226 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Those two touchdowns both came in the second quarter. The first was a 32-yard score with 8:24 left in the half, and his second came from 35-yards out.

The Thunderbirds got in the end zone once again in the fourth quarter with an eight-yard rushing touchdown by running back, Kerven Tua’one. Jacob Larsen also made a 23-yard field goal for Timpview.

The Timpview defense also played a large role, as they held Lone Peak scoreless through the first half, and the majority of the third quarter until Ian Sanches made a 52-yard field goal. Lone Peak’s only touchdown came with 31 seconds in the game in a one-yard touchdown by Mahkyi Smith.

The combination of a motivated and talented Timpview team, and a Lone Peak team that is only returning five starters allowed the Thunderbirds to shine in the season opener. But Lone Peak will still be a threat, as head coach, Bart Brockbank, has won two state titles in the past five years; he knows what it takes to get his team back into winning shape.

But the Timpview Thunderbirds couldn’t be happier with a win of that caliber to open the season.

The Thunderbirds head into a road matchup next week against Herriman on Friday, August 19th at 7 PM MT. While Timpview will look to go 2-0, Lone Peak will look to get their first win at Bishop Alemany High School in California next week on Friday, August 19th at 7 PM PT.

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