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Utah champs leave Mission Hills in dust

08/30/2014, 11:01pm PDT
By John Maffei

Provo Timpview's shifty quarterback eludes Grizzlies defense

Timpview quarterback Britain Covey rushed 20 times for 239 yards and TDs of 6, 20, 5, 92, 20 and 5 yards against Mission Hills.

It was like watching a video game.

Britain Covey would slide right, scramble to his left, bounce off one tackler, then another.

And six times the Timpview High quarterback found the end zone as the visitors from Provo, Utah, beat Mission Hills 42-28 Saturday night.

The game was the first of the night’s Brothers in Arms doubleheader. Ventura St. Bonaventure played Helix in the late game.

Timpview (2-0) is the defending Utah 4A champion. Mission Hills is the defending San Diego Section Open Division champion.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Covey, who is being courted by BYU, Utah and Utah State as a slot receiver, completed 10 of 19 passes for 72 yards.

He did the bulk of his damage with his legs, rushing 20 times for 239 yards and TDs of 6, 20, 5, 92, 20 and 5 yards.

“I have the green light to take off and run any time I want to,” Covey said. “It’s my choice on a lot of plays.”

Four of his TDs were on scrambles. His 92-yarder was a thing of beauty.

Running the read option, he faked a handoff in the backfield, sped left, slipped out of two tackles and broke free.

Martrel Holmes had an angle on him at the Mission Hills 30, but Covey made a nifty cutback, eluded the tackle and glided into the end zone.

“He wasn’t a surprise,” Mission Hills coach Chris Hauser said of Covey. “We saw it on film.

“Great players make great plays, and he’s great. He made us look silly.

“This is a game of blocking and tackling and we didn’t tackle. He’d juke us, we’d miss.

“He’s just a great player.”

Covey, who is said to run speedy a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, had runs of 15, two of 20, 26, 27 and 92 yards. His final total would have been better, but Ximeno Monteagudo trapped him on a scramble for an 18-yard loss.

“He’s one of the most-elusive guys we’ve ever played,” said Mission Hills receiver/DB Dechaun Holiday. “Really, he’s one of the best guys we’ve played.”

Holiday, who is being recruited as a cornerback by most big-name colleges, had a big day on offense, too. He caught six passes for 117 yards and a 65-yard TD pass from Dakota Miller.

“I like being involved in the offense,” Holiday said. “It’s one way I hope to help the team. We’re young, and we’ll get better as a team.”

Holmes caught six passes for 82 yards, including a scoring strike from Miller.

The Grizzlies threw for 275 yards with Miller completing 14 of 21 of 255 yards and freshman Jack Tuttle going 3 of 6 for 20 yards.

Mission Hills rushed 22 times for just 23 yards.

Grizzlies quarterbacks were sacked seven times, including two each by Gabe Reid and Scott Foley. BYU-bound Devin Kaufusi also had a sack.

“At times we were good, but our inconsistency got to us,” Hauser said. “The first game is out of our system now, so no more excuses.

“Dechaun and Martrel played really well, so we’ll rally behind them.

“Deep down this stings. We wanted to do well for our state. We wanted to represent San Diego.”

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