Mike Terry, Deseret News
RIVERTON — Bingham star tailback Harvey Langi said he and his teammates wanted to make a statement when they took the short bus-ride south to face arch-rival Riverton.
Boy, did they ever.
Quite simply, Langi and the Miners were too big, too strong, too fast and ultimately too good.
Way, way too good.
In a highly-anticipated matchup between two unbeaten teams for the Region 3 title, top-ranked Bingham came screaming out of the gates against its rival and never looked back.
The Miners blitzed Riverton for three TDs — all from quarterback Stefan Cantwell — in the first 13-and-a-half minutes and were dominant the rest of the way en route to a convincing 52-13 victory over Riverton Wednesday night before a standing-room-only crowd that was estimated to be near 8,000 people.
"We came out knowing we had to make a statement from the beginning," said Langi. "We knew if we came out soft or we gave them a chance to break our will early that this game would be a nice, close game. We didn't want that this game.
"We came out playing just serious ball and just stayed disciplined."
With the win, Bingham clinches a share of the Region 3 title, and the Miners can win it outright by beating Taylorsville next Thursday.
Bingham coach Dave Peck continually preaches to his players that their program's main goal is to be the best program in the state on a day-to-day basis.
On Wednesday, it's hard to fathom anyone in the state being better than Bingham was.
"Tonight," said Peck, "I think just about any team would've had a hard time when our kids come and play like they did tonight — when they're prepared and they're in it.
"I think this team can play with any team in the nation," Peck added. "I'm not gonna try and make it sound like we're unbeatable because obviously we're not. On a given day, we've shown that other teams can play with us and that. But we're pretty darn good when our kids are focused and ready to go."
They were focused and ready to go Wednesday, and the results were simply spectacular.
Bingham opened the scoring only 3:33 into Wednesday's showdown when Cantwell found tight end Sean Larson for a 15-yard TD reception.
After Bingham's defense forced Riverton to punt, the Miners then scored again when Cantwell hurled a 48-yard TD strike to star receiver Brady Measom. Another Bingham defensive stop then yielded another TD pass by Cantwell, this time a 15-yard pass and catch with Langi.
The Silverwolves were left reeling after that blistering start, and while — to their immense credit — they kept fighting the rest of the way, Bingham simply was on another level all night.Cantwell finished 11 of 15 for 216 yards and four TDs, Langi added 165 yards and two TDs (1 rushing, 1 passing) and Measom finished with three TD receptions.
Bingham racked up 554 yards of total offense, and going the other way, the Miners were just as good.
Bingham's defense hit Riverton extremely hard whenever it had the chance and made life difficult for the Silverwolves throughout.
"Our guys are just ready to come and lay someone out," said Langi. "Riverton's been rushing pretty good, but our guys are run-stop guys. If you wanna come and try to own the ground against our team, good luck."
Despite losing for the first time this fall, Riverton still has a really good football team that has a chance to accomplish things that have never been accomplished by the program.
Count Peck amongst the believers.
"Riverton's got a good team," he said. "I'm telling you, they can go on and do some great things. I know they haven't won a playoff game. I'm predicting they'll win some playoff games this year."