For the third straight year, Mountain Crest’s season came to an end at the hands of Timpview. The physically dominant T-Birds advanced to the 4A state championship, winning 38-21. Mountain Crest had a hard time keeping up with the T-Birds size and speed in the second half. The Mustangs could not get any closer than one touchdown, when they went into the halftime intermission down 21-14. Timpview pulled away in the second half, scoring ten straight unanswered points off of fumbles by Alex Kuresa and Troy Pickett. Kuresa, the junior quarterback for MC, faced a lot of pressure throughout the duration of the game. Timpview used a four-man rush for most of the game, and their down linemen were effective in disrupting Kuresa’s timing. “(Timpview’s) very physical, and very strong,” Mountain Crest head coach Mark Wootton said. “They did a great job of putting pressure on us.” Mountain Crest also had a hard time with mistakes, finishing with five turnovers and a whopping 125 yards in penalties. In addition to the two fumbles, Mountain Crest was picked off three times. Timpview linebacker Ofa Latu had two of the three interceptions, all of which came in the second half. Mountain Crest was penalized on numerous holding calls, in part because the Mustang offensive line had trouble containing Timpview’s rush. Defensively, the Mustangs could not find a way to slow down Trevor Brown. The senior quarterback had a huge day offensively, running for over 200 yards and throwing for 100 yards on nine completions. Zack VanLeeuwen led the T-Bird receivers with 147 yards on seven catches. All in all, the T-Birds had a good day offensively, rolling to 463 yards of total offense. Senior linebacker Spencer Schwab led the Mustangs in tackles with ten. Mountain Crest was led offensively by senior wide receiver Tyler Weese. The playmaker had a game high 149 receiving yards and one touchdown on a total of nine receptions. He also had seven tackles. Matt Stuart and Joseph Carley also played well, finishing with 74 and 64 yards respectively. Carley got things started for MC with a touchdown reception off of a tipped ball to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. It was his only touchdown of the game. The Mustangs ended the game with 420 yards, most of which came through the air game. Mountain Crest will now go into the offseason with a focus on strength and conditioning, as they look to defend their region title next year. “We’ve just got to find a way to get bigger and stronger,” Wootton said.
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