The Orem Tigers pounce on the Timpview Thunderbirds winning 21-7 in the 5A state high school football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.

The Orem Tigers pounce on the Timpview Thunderbirds winning 21-7 in the 5A state high school football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. | Colter Peterson, Deseret News

Moa was a spark plug in the T-Birds 21-7 title game loss.

SALT LAKE CITY — Bruised and battered, Timpview senior Sione Moa fought back tears while embraced by teammates and loved ones Friday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Over and over again, Moa, his teammates and coaches embraced and uttered three words aloud to one other: “I love you.”

The Timpview Thunderbirds lost to the Orem Tigers 21-7 in the 5A state championship game and defeat was written on their faces, but not despair.

Instead, there was love, admiration and support.

Timpview gave everything it had in the loss and came up short, and it hurt, but there was plenty to be proud of.

Especially Moa.

In his final high school football game, Moa was a game changer, playing safety, running back and quarterback at various times, with much aplomb.

As a defensive back, he intercepted Orem quarterback Micah Fe’a.

As a running back, he and Targhee Lambson rushed for a combined 202 yards.

As a quarterback, he sparked the T-Birds and led them to their one and only touchdown of the game, a 20-yard scamper by Moa himself.

“He is a spark,” Timpview head coach Andy Stokes said. “He always is. We play him at safety and he gets a pick; play him at running back, and he gets long runs; play him at quarterback, and he sparks the team. We are proud of him. He is a phenomenal football player and has a lot of football left in him.”

Moa was the standout but refused to take credit for his efforts. He was all about his team.

“I looked at my brothers and …read more

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