By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
For the first time in three games, the Canyon View Falcons found themselves out in front of a formidable foe in 5A school Timpanogos. After a lengthy drive, the Falcons even had a real chance at picking up its first win of the season.
In the end, the arm of quarterback Gabe Sweeten proved to be too much.
Sweeten fired a 30-yard pass to Haydn Sandstrom for the game-winning touchdown that gave the visiting Timberwolves a 26-20 overtime win over the Falcons on Sept. 1 as they stayed unbeaten on the season. CV forced five Timpanogos turnovers and committed only one, giving head coach Skyler Miller a multitude of reasons to believe the team made big strides of improvement.
“This is the type of competition we need to have at Canyon View,” Miller said. “This is perfect for us to have a big team with athletes all over the place running what they can, and our kids responded very well. We were fearless.”
Quarterback Colten Shumway proved to be a difference-maker in CV’s triple-option offense. His 4-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive gave the Falcons the first lead they’ve enjoyed on the season at 6-0.
Thanks to Sweeten, it would last two plays and less than a minute. The junior found Sandstrom behind the defense on a 50-yard touchdown pass that put the Timberwolves in front at 7-6.
Canyon View refused to wilt, coming up with a fumble recovery late in the second quarter that put them in business at the Timpanogos 38-yard line. On his first pass of the night, Shumway found Gabe O’Connell on 27-yard score that put the Falcons in front 13-7 heading to the half.
They were able to keep the lead when Jake Nelson picked off a Sweeten pass at the goal line with 1 minute, 11 seconds left.
“Our progress from the first two games to this one was huge,” Shumway said. “It’s a huge confidence booster for me and this team.”
Timpanogos reclaimed the lead at 14-13 on the opening drive of the second half when Rory Ziegra scored on a 10-yard run, but Canyon View pounced on multiple mistakes and stayed in the game.
Near the end of the third quarter, the Falcons had the ball at the Timberwolves 5, but Shumway was sacked on third down and Tyson Davis missed a 32-yard field goal.
But when CV recovered the fourth Timpanogos fumble of the night at its own 15, they wouldn’t miss the opportunity. The Falcons went on a 13-play, 85-yard drive that lasted nearly seven minutes and was capped off by Hunter Anderson’s 15-yard touchdown run that made it 20-14 with 2:04 left in regulation.
As was the case on CV’s first touchdown, Timpanogos would score again in just over a minute with a 75-yard drive. Sweeten connected with Maxx McWhorter on a 42-yard touchdown with 1:01 left, but Tyler Nelson got through the offensive line and blocked the extra point to keep the game tied.
“It’s about our culture, our response,” Miller said. “We’re trying to preach behavior, change our culture, our mindset.”
Canyon View would get the ball first in the overtime, but a fourth-down pass from Shumway was batted down at the line and fell incomplete. Despite a delay-of-game penalty to start its possession, Sweeten would connect for the second time with Sandstrom for the game-winner on the first play.
TIMPANOGOS 26, CANYON VIEW 20, OT
Timpanogos 7 0 7 6 6 — 26
Canyon View 6 7 0 7 0 — 20
CV – Shumway 4 run (kick failed)
T – Sandstrom 50 pass from Sweeten (Howell kick)
CV – O’Connell 27 pass from Shumway (Davis kick)
T – Ziegra 10 run (Howell kick)
CV – Anderson 15 run (Davis kick)
T – McWhorter 42 pass from Sweeten (kick blocked)
T – Sandstrom 30 pass from Sweeten