Bingham football wins share of region title for the fourth consecutive yearNov 02, 2021 12:20PM ● By Brian Shaw
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By Brian Shaw | [email protected]
For the fourth year running the Bingham Miners football team captured a share of the region title, though the Miners fell just short of winning the trophy outright in the season finale.
A 28-17 loss at rival Riverton Oct. 14 squashed the Miners hopes of that unfortunately and also curtailed hopes of an undefeated region season that at 4-1 was the greatest show on turf.
Two shutouts in five games. 187 points scored and only 52 allowed.
A dominant, ball-hawking defense that forced opportunistic turnovers and handed the ball to a well-balanced offense that, behind a mammoth offensive line, manhandled their region opponents.
This led to what on paper was the Miners most successful region season since they went unbeaten and won the state title in the 2017-18 school year, so let’s take a look back at how Bingham football did this season in region play.
Bingham 27, Herriman 10 [Sept. 17]
The Miners opened region play in 2021 the same way they ended the season: on the road, at their rival. In this case they traveled west to Herriman. In what was a tightly contested game, the Miners trailed 10-6 after three quarters. They then went to work on the ground, getting three rushing touchdowns from three different backs to score 21 unanswered points in the comeback victory.
Bingham 45, Mountain Ridge 14 [Sept. 24]
In a locally televised game, the Miners hosted then-unbeaten Mountain Ridge in their second region contest of the season. The Miners scored a field goal and three touchdowns in the first quarter alone—two from junior Maxton Peck—en route to a blowout win in which the visitors didn’t score a point until the third quarter.
Bingham 56, Copper Hills 0 [Oct. 1]
The Miners jumped out early on the hosts Copper Hills, taking a 35-0 lead into the second quarter. For the game, the Miners were balanced on offense, getting at least 10 yards rushing from nine different players and had at least eight players get five or more receiving yards. In his return to his old school, Senior Cody Lazenby had four carries for 81 yards for the Miners, who improved to 3-0 with that win.
Bingham 42, West Jordan 0 [Oct. 8]
The Miners turned a tight Region 3 showdown into the Havea Foto Show in the second quarter, as the running back had two rushing touchdowns, helping give Bingham a 28-0 lead over previous unbeaten West Jordan. The Miners never relinquished that early advantage, as they rolled to their third shutout victory of the year, and second straight in region play.
Riverton 28, Bingham 17 [Oct. 14]
With an outright Region 3 title on the line, the Miners took the short trip to Riverton. The Miners did what they have done throughout the region season; they jumped out early to a 10-point lead after one quarter. But their rivals would fight back. Riverton answered with two second-quarter touchdowns before the Miners would score one in a back-and-forth rivalry game to take a 17-14 lead into halftime. But that would be the last time the Miners would lead in this game, as they would unfortunately be handed their first loss of the region season.
Thus far in the state playoffs, Bingham enjoyed a first round bye as a 7-seed, then dispatched West Jordan 37-7 in the second round. This weekend, they take on the 3rd seed, Lone Peak.