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An old adage about the measure of a good football coach goes like this: “He can take his and beat yours and take yours and beat his.”
Timpanogos offensive coordinator Tyler Anderson is all about this life.
Last year as a head coach at Mountain View, Anderson led the Bruins to a 53-13 loss to the Timberwolves. He resigned after the 2020 season and was hired as the new Timpanogos game caller this summer. On Friday, Matu Holdaway threw six touchdown passes – four to sophomore sensation Luke Livingston – running Anderson’s offense in a 63-7 loss to the former Anderson team.
“I feel bad for them (Mountain View),” Anderson said. “They are young and trying to rebuild themselves, and I have been there. I know it hurts when you try to get something done. But we have good kids here who work hard and stick with it. It’s fun to join a new program and see the success.
Timpanogos – who played an independent schedule last season and is back in Class 5A – is 4-0 so far in 2021 and has scored 223 points in four games – averaging 55.8 points per game . The Timberwolves’ schedule, which until now also included a pair of 2A (Millard and Grand) and 4A Hurricane teams, will get much tougher from here on out.
“This win over Mountain View is a ton,” said second-year Timpanogos head coach Austin Heaps. “All week we had a chip mentality on our shoulders. We reminded them how this game went last year. For our boys to come out and react the way they did, that was great. Things are starting to change for many of these children. They can be as good as they want depending on what they put in it, and they’re starting to figure it out.
Timpanogos (4-0 overall, 1-0 Region 7) led 22-7 at halftime and exploded for 41 points in the second half. A Justin Cichoski fumble and a fourth down tackle for a loss from Joseph Banks allowed the Timberwolves to score two goals in the third quarter and the play-off erupted offensively as the home side scored the rest of the way at will. Josh Jones had two long touchdown passes as Timpanogos opened the game.
Livingston – a 5-11, 175-pound sophomore wide receiver – caught touchdown passes of 10, 23, 49 and 50 yards while displaying breakaway speed and a knack for passing a defenseman to catch the ball. .
“His body control is unreal,” Heaps said. “The passes that people call 50-50 balls? We call them 90-10 balls, because there’s a 90 percent chance that Luke will drop this thing. He is a generational talent and a stallion.
Livingston is causing a stir in his second season and has 10 touchdowns in just four games.
“I think what was working is that we just kept running the ball and it opened up more passing opportunities for us,” said Livingston. “The quarterback made shots, the receivers made plays and our running backs kept chasing the ball.”
Anderson said he offered to stay on Mountain View’s coaching staff, but new coach Abe Poduska has taken a different direction. Heaps said he kept in touch with Anderson over the summer as he also considered coaching at Provo, Skyridge and Timpview before deciding that Timpanogos was where he wanted to be.
“Having Tyler Anderson on the sidelines was probably the No. 1 success that took us from 0-3 and 1-4 last year to 4-0 this year,” Heaps said. “You can’t have a better football spirit than this.”
Anderson’s attacks have almost always been among the best in the state at Orem and Mountain View and he brought that same explosiveness to the Timberwolves, who scored four touchdowns from 44 yards or more against the Bruins.
“We’ve been talking all week about how this game means a lot to us,” Livingston said. “We just wanted to put it on them and run the train the whole game.”
Timpanogos continues to play in Region 7 next week at Payson. Mountain View (0-4, 0-1) will host Uintah.
Timpanogos 63, mountain view 7
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T – Livingston 10 pass from Holdaway (Bretzing kick)
T – Livingston 23 pass from Holdaway (missed kick)
MV – Hill 73 pass from McCarty (missed kick)
T -Vanchiere 44 pass from Holdaway (Bretzing kick)
T – Bretzing 9 pass from Holdaway (Bretzing kick)
T – Jones 25 run (missed pass)
T – Livingston 49 pass from Holdaway (Bretzing kick)
T – Livingston 50 pass from Holdaway (Bretzing kick)
T – Jones 47 run (Bretzing kick)
T – Ashby 19 pass from Riggs (Bretzing kick)