Timpview Thunderbirds Micah Becksteadm (14) runs while playing against the Orem Tigers in the 5A Semifinals match at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, November 11, 2022. The Thunderbirds won 48-31. (Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)
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SALT LAKE CITY — At the last meeting between Timpview and Orem, the two schools combined scored 104 points in a Timpview victory.
When the two met with a league game on the line in the 5A semifinals at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Friday afternoon, it was expected that another penalty shootout would ensue.
The first half was anything but that.
The two teams struggled to gain points on the board but ended the game with Timpview leading 14-10 at halftime. However, the final two quarters of the game were a rush of points at the back. But in the end, Timpview once again walked away with a win, a 48-31 victory on the back of senior running back Micah Beckstead.
The senior finished the night with four total touchdowns — three rushing touchdowns and one who received touchdowns — and 208 all-purpose yards, including an impressive 188 rushing yards on the night.
Beckstead opened the second half for the Thunderbirds with a 42-yard rushing touchdown on a five-play 76-yard drive to open a five-touchdown second half. He followed it up on Timpview’s next drive with a 20-yard run to put distance on an Orem team that was hanging around for much of the first half.
Finally, Beckstead added a fourth goal in the fourth quarter — this time a 20-yard reception to give Timpview a 42-25 lead with just under seven minutes left.
And although Beckstead had a monstrous half for the Thunderbirds, Orem didn’t go down without a fight.
The Tigers continued to work the ball down the length of the field and found the end zone three times in the second half, but it was never enough to catch a Timpview team, which was inevitable.
That was most evident when Orem scored his first touchdown of the second half – after Beckstead already had a hat trick – and then gave Quezon Villa the ensuing kickoff 92 yards to keep the Tigers at bay. Every time Orem scored, Timpview had an answer.
Timpview pulls past Region 8 foe Orem to face his regional opponent Lehi in the 5A State Title Game on November 18. Kick-off for the championship game is expected to begin at 2:00 p.m. MST at Rice-Eccles Stadium.