Timpview coach Donny Atuaia meets along with his workforce after a 31-10 win over Lone Peak, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022 at Provo Excessive College in Week 1 of the 2022 highschool soccer season. (Sean Walker, KSL.com)
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PROVO — Opening up at a impartial web site as a result of development on the varsity stays ongoing, No. 6-ranked Timpview did not wish to open the 2022 soccer season the identical method it has for 3 straight years: with a loss to Lone Peak.
With a mighty run sport powered by Micah Beckstead and the all-around athleticism of Pokaiaua Haunga, the Thunderbirds shedded the demons of the previous — and will have signaled their arrival as 5A contenders with a 31-10 win over defending 6A champion and third-ranked Lone Peak within the KSL.com Recreation of the Week at Provo Excessive.
“We have been making ready for this sport ever since we obtained again into soccer,” mentioned Haunga, a BYU commit who had a sack, an interception and a landing catch — a “Haunga hat trick” within the first half. “It was good to get this sport after dropping to them, like, 5 instances in a row.
“I feel our protection shocked them. We’ve got a brand new protection this 12 months, and it was very enjoyable. Everybody has that connection, we’re rather a lot nearer, and we’re rather a lot disciplined.”
Beckstead ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns — and practically added one other on an 85-yard dash behind his mammoth offensive line within the fourth quarter —to tempo a Timpview floor sport that appeared to do every thing proper underneath offensive coordinator Andy Stokes.
On protection, the Thunderbirds (1-0) have been simply nearly as good, holding the Knights (0-1) scoreless till Ian Sanches’ 52-yard subject aim with 2:28 left within the third quarter and Mahkyi Smith’s 1-yard TD plunge with 31 seconds left within the sport.
In between Huanga’s 37-yard landing from Quezon Villa within the first quarter and that late Lone Peak rating, it was all Timpview, although.
After Huanga gave the Thunderbirds a 7-0 lead, Beckstead doubled the benefit along with his first of two second-quarter touchdowns from 32 yards out with 8:24 left within the half. The Timpview protection did the remainder, taking a 21-0 lead at halftime and holding the Knights to only 81 yards and three factors within the second half earlier than Smith’s late landing.
“Micah is one of the best operating again in Utah,” Huanga mentioned declaratively. “I do know once I cannot get it performed, for positive Micah will.
“Final 12 months, we performed Orem and he had 4 touchdowns. That man simply likes to run.”
Beckstead had a straightforward sufficient time with a run sport anchored by four-star offensive deal with Bingham Fano and managed by Stokes, too.
“That is what we depend on,” Timpview first-year head coach Donny Atuaia mentioned. “I’m so grateful for coach Stokes, as a result of that is his group; it is his linemen. As soon as once more, we deal with their steps and what they do and never a lot what they’re doing.
“Micah is Micah, and he’ll do his factor, but when we are able to get our entrance guys working collectively, it is going to do some injury this 12 months.”
Kerven Tua’one added an 8-yard landing within the second half for the Thunderbirds, who journey to Herriman subsequent week earlier than one other highway tilt at Crimson Cliffs in St. George.
The Knights opened the season as defending 6A champions, however returned only one starter on protection, 4 on offense and have been breaking in a brand new quarterback in Kaden Hodson. Nonetheless, any workforce led by head coach Bart Brockbank, who’s 45-20 and two state titles in 5 years in Highland, and led by broad receiver Crew McChesney ought to by no means be taken frivolously.
Atuaia, then, prefers to suppose what a win like meaning for his program. And proper now, it means his program is 1-0.
“That is a very good workforce, however tomorrow we’re specializing in what we are able to do,” Atuaia mentioned. “We’ll take pleasure in tonight, after which transfer on to tomorrow.
“That is solely Week 1. We have performed this sport lengthy sufficient to know it is just one sport. And I do know Lone Peak goes to make changes; they’re an excellent workforce. Hopefully we are able to do the identical.”