Raymond scores four touchdowns in victory.
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Logan • The opposing quarterbacks combined to complete 17 of their 18 passing attempts in the first quarter to spark the expected offensive fireworks Friday.
But Luke Falk and Logan's offense failed to maintain their fire while Jake Lloyd and Timpview never missed a beat in their Class 4A state football playoff opener. The Thunderbirds gobbled up 547 yards on offense and even enjoyed a running clock in the fourth quarter of their 49-14 victory.
"Played with some anger," Timpview senior Dax Raymond said. "We weren't going to let all this adversity this season that we've had come to us."
The anger derived from Timpview being forced to forfeit the games in which it used an ineligible player, which dropped it from region champions to a No. 3 seed.
Lloyd completed all eight of his attempts in the first quarter for 150 yards and two scores.
"I think I knew our pre-snap reads kind of determined where I wanted to go with the ball," Lloyd said. "From there, all you have to do is hit those little 8-yard hitches. Then when they come up, you've got that big ball. That's just execution."
Lloyd finished with 297 yards passing, and his favorite target was Raymond. The 6-foot-5 receiver caught nine passes for 167 yards.
"I don't think there's a DB in the state, unless he's 6-5 too, that can stop him when I lob the ball up to him because he's a man," Lloyd said.
The chemistry between the two was most evident on the Thunderbirds' last play of the first half. Lloyd lofted a pass toward the left front of the end zone, and Raymond brought it in, even holding it up with one hand to show the officials while on the ground.
"Usually we've got aiming points, like goal posts or hash marks, something like that," Lloyd said. "Then on fade routes, like the one in the corner of the end zone, it's just called lob it up and he's bigger than them."
Timpview entered halftime with a 20-7 lead thanks to Raymond's third TD catch.
"The catch in the end zone, we're right there," Logan coach Mike Favero said. "A couple catches over the middle, he's a great player. Six-five is hard to cover. Somebody has any ideas, let me know because I'll be the first one to do it."
Lloyd found Raymond again for a score about midway through the third quarter to put Timpview up 27-7.
"We used to be quarterbacks and we were best friends, so I think that's been good so far," Lloyd said. "But once he got injured, I just started throwing to him and throwing to him."
The Grizzlies seized momentum when Falk led the Grizzlies on a nine-play drive that ended with a 10-yard pass to Zach Rich to cut Logan's deficit to 27-14 with 3 minutes, 10 seconds left in the third quarter. The burst of momentum was short-lived.
Britain Covey returned the kickoff 89 yards for a score, and the Grizzlies never recovered.
"I don't want to say it sucked the life out of us, but it was disappointing," Falk said about the return.
R Timpview runs 65 plays 37 runs and 28 passes while Logan runs 54 plays 44 passes and 10 runs, but three of the runs are sacks.
• Luke Falk finishes 23 of 44 for 179 yards with two TDs and three INTs.