In Utah, when Timpview (Provo)
High School loses a football game, it's big news.
sent major shockwaves throughout the state's football community by upsetting the four-time defending 4A champion 38-27 on Friday afternoon.
Trailing 7-0 after the first quarter, Springville dominated the second quarter, scoring three straight touchdowns in the final four minutes to take a 21-7 lead into the locker room.
Springville then relied on the all-around skills of quarterback Steve Bate
, who accounted for four touchdowns to knock off Timpview, which had not lost since Sept. 4 of last season.According to the Salt Lake Tribune
, it was possibly the biggest victory in Springville football history.
Springville is now 10-1 on the season and Timberview, ranked No. 2 in the state and 154th nationally, dropped to 10-1.
"We had to get every little thing right," Springville defensive end Brody Swanson told the newspaper. "We had to take advantage of our opportunities and we did. We beat No. 1."
Swanson helped turn the tide when the 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive lineman took a snap out of the wildcat forman and ran 72 yards for a touchdown.
Bate threw for an 83-yard touchdown and ran in for another score on an 18-yard run before halftime. He threw for two more scores in the second half, helping Springville advance to the semifinals.
Field goal kicker Jared Chichia added a field goal in the final four minutes to sew up the victory.
Despite a gallant effort from Timpview quarterback Christian Covey, his team was finally dethroned.
It was a particularly bittersweet victory for Springville, which lost in the 2009 state-title game 35-6. Later in the school year, Springville lost linebacker Brandon Curtis, who died from injuries in a car accident.
Players, coaches and parents from both teams gathered after Friday afternoon's game to honor Curtis and life itself.
"He's been on our mind all year," Springville coach Scott Mitchell told the Salt Lake Tribune after the game. "(This win) is a moment of sweetness in the sorrow."
Goose Creek stymies Beaufort
With undefeated defending state champions like Northwestern and Dorman stealing most of the limeligh - and national rankings - Goose Creek's (S.C.)
fine season has flown under the national radar.
However, the Gators made a loud statement on Friday night, when they improved to 11-0 with a 49-14 victory over Beaufort (S.C.)
Quarterback Jaquan Marsh
threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Goose Creek, which rolled up more than 400 yards.
Running backs Virgil Smalls
and Mike Myers
combined for three touchdowns.
Goose Creek's potent offense and solid defense will make them a contender in South Carolina's playoffs, which begin next weekend.
Beaufort dropped to 9-2. Piscataway survives a battle of unbeatens
In one of the biggest games of the season in the Garden State, Piscataway (N.J.)
received a late touchdown from running back Brandon Stout to edge league rival Sayreville (Parlin, N.J.)
Stout found the end zone from 3-yards out with just 58 seconds remaining to give Piscataway the victory. It was Stout's second touchdown of the evening.
Piscataway's defense stifled Sayreville's potent offense. The Chiefs allowed only one score, an 86-yard touchdown scamper by Delon Stephenson
. They also intercepted Bombers quarterback Joe Geiger
Despite the loss, Sayreville will likely land the top seed in the Central Group IV sectional playoff bracket. Piscataway meanwhile secured the No. 1 seed in the North II Group IV sectional playoff bracket which will also feature the likes of Hunterdon Central and Phillipsburg.