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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Prep football: Sofele has big game for Colts

It's become a perennial question of Utah prep football - what will it take to end Timpview's now-36-game win streak and three consecutive state titles?
In the Class 4A state title game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Friday, the answer almost came in just two words.
Isi Sofele.
The Thunderbirds had their feathers ruffled for the second week in a row, this time as Sofele and the Cottonwood Colts erased an early 21-7 deficit in the second quarter to tie things up 21-21 at the break.
"They came out strong, hit us in the mouth," said Sofele. "We got sick of them doing it, so we took it back to them."
Well, Sofele took it back to them.
The 5-foot-8, 165-pound (maybe) Sofele was just quicker than anything Timpview could throw at him, breaking through multiple tackles to rush for 175 yards and three touchdowns, culminating in a 69-yard touchdown run to open the second half to keep the Colts' hopes alive.
And suddenly, Timpview was down a touchdown - its largest deficit of the year.
"Isi is Isi. He's a warrior like we talk about all the time," said Cottonwood coach Cecil Thomas.
But then Cottonwood got comfortable. And Sofele could no longer do it alone.
"We got out there and thought we already had it," said Sofele. "We didn't execute."



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