Timpview traveled to Bingham for week 4 of high school football action. (Jackson Payne for KSL.com)
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SALT LAKE CITY: Has the top contender in 5A been hiding in plain sight for the first month of the 2022 Utah high school football season, or at least, on the Hillside at Timpview High in Provo?
The Thunderbirds defeated Bingham 49-30 to improve to 4-0 for their third victory over a 6A team. So while everyone is talking about defending champion Lehi (for good reason), is timpview quietly the best team in 5A?
Although the Thunderbirds have plenty of standouts at the skill position, has anyone heard of the BYU wide receiver’s commitment to Pokaiaua Haunga? — The No. 4-ranked team in KSL.com’s latest Top 20+1 is led by running back Micah Beckstead, who rushed for his third and fourth touchdowns of the year on Friday, and an offensive line that features BYU and Utah Target (among many others) Spencer Fano.
“Those five guys are working really well right now,” Timpview coach Donny Atuaia told KSL.com of the offensive line. “Anyone can be dangerous when they work together like that.”
It doesn’t get any easier either. After dispatching Lone Peak, Herriman, Bingham and 4A contender Crimson Cliffs, Timpview will next host Skyridge on Friday at 7 pm MDT at Mountain View High.
Want to make a big statement in the Utah high school football landscape? Go win that game.
So far, everything is turning into an epic clash.
“We’d like to start again next week,” Beckstead said. “We don’t want the 4-0 to affect us.”
Here is the latest Top 20+1 ranking.
1. Skyridge (4-0)
All the Falcons do is win and win big after Utah State quarterback McCae Hillstead had three touchdowns and top-rated recruit Tausili Akana added five tackles and a two-point conversion in Skyridge’s win over Pray for 54-7.
The Falcons are averaging 47.75 points per game and have given up only 14 in four games.
2. Lehi (4-0)
As much as Timpview has done during the four weeks of the season, the road to 5A still goes through Pioneer Way after Lehi’s 59-0 bombardment of Copper Hills. Colorado State commitment Jackson Brousseau threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers, and Carson Gonzalez added 93 yards and two rushing touchdowns for the Pioneers, who will join KMYU and Corner Canyon in a home opener at Draper. this Friday night.
3. Corner cannon (3-1)
Four-star quarterback recruit Isaac Wilson threw four touchdown passes, including two to Tate Kjar, as the Chargers handed West Jordan their first loss of the season, 47-14, in the final game of a four-game tour to start the year. .
4. Timview (4-0)
Do we want Bama? No, Beckstead, Haunga, the duo quarterback threat Helaman Casuga and Quezon Villa want Skyridge.
Be careful what you wish for, T-birds.
5. American Fork (4-0)
The Cavemen rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit to get past Rigby (Idaho) on Jacob Eardley’s 5-yard touchdown run to open the third quarter. Max Edwards and Davis Andrews each had an interception, and Noah Anderson had field goals of 35 and 38 yards in the win.
6. Stansbury (4-0)
Are the Stallions real? We’re not sure, but Ezra Harris will try to convince you with 140 yards and three touchdown passes and 86 more with a rushing touchdown in a 48-8 win at Uintah. Utah underdog Mateaki Helu added 44 yards and two rushing touchdowns for Stansbury, who jumped out to a 48-0 lead.
7. Mountain Crest (4-0)
A week after hanging 51 points over Wasatch, Jaxson Reiser mounted an 87-yard touchdown pass to Payton Jones and a defense that kept Sky View out of the end zone to remain undefeated with a 13-3 win over the Bobcats. .
8. Farmington (4-0)
Mitch Nielsen had four catches for 160 yards and three touchdowns as Phoenix remained undefeated with a 35-7 victory over Weber last Thursday night. A top 20 showdown awaits this Friday against Layton.
9. Lone Peak (2-1)
The Knights sat out last week after back-to-back wins over Alemany (California) and Liberty (Nev.) to bounce back from a 31-10 loss to Timpview. Lone Peak returns Friday night as host of Highland (Ariz.) at 7 pm MDT.
10. Riverton (3-1)
The yo-yo continues for the Silverwolves, who jump into the top 10 after Easton Hicks returned a 95-yard kickoff for a touchdown 13 seconds after Ryder Burton’s possible game-winning touchdown pass to Will Monney in Riverton’s victory. 22-15. to end the Red Devils’ undefeated start to the season.
11. Pleasant Grove (3-1)
Is Region 4 coming back? The Vikings seem to think so after quarterback Nic Staffieri threw four touchdown passes for the third straight week, all wins, in a 58-20 win over Wasatch.
Good game this Friday between Pleasant Grove and Riverton.
12. Springville (3-1)
The Red Devils, no longer undefeated, travel to rival Spanish Fork before hosting upstart Provo in a pivotal Region 9 game.
13. Tympanogos (4-0)
Luke Livingston threw for 164 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Easton Bretzing, and rushed for 72 yards and another touchdown to help the Timberwolves open the game in Region 7 with a 42-11 win at Mountain View.
Great region won against MVHS tonight. Twolf Defense was the star that kept the Bruins with 11 pts and 2 pick 6’s. Our D beat MV O!
4 TD tonight. 3 passes, 1 run pic.twitter.com/v5Ne8ytkJY
— Lucas Livingston (@LLivigston) September 3, 2022
- Bingham (2-2)
Dallen Martinez threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns in a loss for the Miners, who have lost consecutive games and could use a win on Friday when they host No. 5 American Fork.
15. Western Jordan (3-1)
The teams have lost much worse 47-14 to Corner Canyon than the Jaguars, who travel to Riverton on Sept. 16 for the first of three straight road games.
16. Provo (3-1)
We promised Viewmont a spot a few weeks ago, so what would we be if we didn’t make the same offer to Jamison Harward, Drew Deucher and the Bulldogs after a 35-28 win over the Vikings?
17. West (2-2)
Sesi Vailahi caught three of 18 passes from Isaiah SueSue for 151 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers returned to the win column with a 55-8 victory over Cyprus.
18. East (2-2)
Omar Shah, Jerrick Little and Nevada assign Amini Amone each scored a touchdown to help the Leopards hand Park City its first loss of the season, 21-14, and scheduled a date with national powerhouse IMG Academy on Friday.
19. Layton (3-1)
Davis wasn’t buying Lancers stock after Gage Butler kicked a 49-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to hand Layton his first loss of the year.
20. Viewmont (3-1)
The Vikings have another chance to impress when they host undefeated Bonneville (4-0) on Friday.
Plus-1. High Mountain and Maple
Brank Hansell-Fotu rushed for two touchdowns, and Anson Jaramillo and Anthony Cottis each added a touchdown in the Hawks’ 28-19 victory. But this honor also goes to the Golden Eagles.
Maple Mountain’s host players, cheerleaders and coaches honored Alta’s Jalen Sutton with a banner, special helmet decals, a card signed by the entire team and a special presentation that Alta’s head coach Alema Te’o accepted at Sutton’s name before the game, which also directed all sponsors to donate to the youth GoFundMe* after the senior suffered a spinal cord injury at a junior varsity game two weeks ago.
“It’s a soccer family that responds to a situation like this,” Te’o told KSL-TV. “We’re extremely grateful and a class act, a class move on their part, and we’re honored to be here tonight and honored for the support they give our show.”
Sutton continues to recover from the tragic accident after having a tracheostomy piece recently inserted through successful surgery, pet therapy with a Bernese Mountain Dog at Primary Children’s Hospital, and exercises to sit in “chair” mode on his bed. hospital, said her aunt Cynthia. Meier wrote on the family’s GoFundMe page.
“The highlight of Jalen’s day was being visited by his high school and soccer friends,” Meier wrote on Sept. 1. “She was brought balloons, cards, and a huge poster that was signed by most, if not all, of the Alto Alto students.”
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