LAYTON — You couldn't help but pity poor Layton High, at least just a little bit.
Or maybe a lot.
After all, the Lancers had the misfortune of facing defending 5A state champion Bingham High a week after the Miners saw their 26-game winning streak snapped with a lopsided loss to Orange Lutheran, Calif.
Thus, a talented Bingham team came to town in a mean, angry mood with something to prove. And the Lancers became the unfortunate recipient of the Miners' vengeance.
Senior quarterback Brady Lail threw four first-half touchdown passes — three of them to junior wide receiver Kalan Cantwell — as the Miners proved their point and proved it pretty well with a convincing 47-13 nonleague victory.
"You win 26 straight games and it kind of puts a pit in your stomach when you get beat like we did down there," Bingham coach Dave Peck said of last weekend's stunning 42-7 setback. "We just really did not play very good; we didn't play Bingham football down there. We turned the ball over five or six times and we missed all kinds of assignments defensively.
"I thought our kids came out tonight and played hard. We still made some mistakes, and we've still got a lot of work to do if we want to be one of those final four teams (in the state playoffs) when it's all said and done up at Rice-Eccles.
"But I was real happy with the way our kids came out effort-wise," Peck said. "I told them at the beginning of the week we've got a choice — we can go crawl in a hole because we just got our butts beat, or we can come out and show that we're somebody to be reckoned with. I don't know if we showed that we're still somebody to be reckoned with, but I was happy with the way we played."
Lail hooked up with Cantwell on TD tosses of 46 and 31 yards in the first quarter which, despite a pair of botched PAT attempts, gave Bingham a 12-0 lead.
"You give Brady some time to throw and he's very accurate; he's a good quarterback," Peck said. "And Kalan Cantwell is doing a great job for us. He had a great night."
Late in the first quarter, it looked like Layton might make a game of it when J.T. Anderson plucked Lail's tipped pass out of the air and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to pull the Lancers within 12-7.
But all that did was awaken Bingham's sleeping giant and make him angry. And, like the Incredible Hulk, opponents won't like the Miners when they're angry.
"There was a point there where our kids said, 'This is not going to happen,' and I think individual players stepped it up and really started to make some plays," Peck said.
With Layton driving for a potential go-ahead score in the second quarter, Bingham linebacker Paul Langi picked off a Lancer pass and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. Daniel Palepoi's two-point conversion burst made it 20-7, and soon the rout was on.
On Bingham's next possession, Palepoi broke off a long gain deep into Layton territory, and Tisi Tuifua danced into the end zone from 7 yards out. Chayden Johnston's PAT pushed the Miners' margin to 27-7 midway through the second period, but the Miners were just getting started.
Bingham's Hayden Weichers soon took a short pass from Lail, shed a couple of would-be tacklers and took it 32 yards for a touchdown to make it 34-7. Then late in the first half, Lail flipped a short pass to Cantwell, whose strong and shifty running ability turned it into another 46-yard scoring play and a 41-7 halftime lead.
"We were disappointed with last week, but we prepared all week and we've got to go prove to the state that we're still here," Lail said. "We didn't have a good game against Orange Luth, but what can you do? We get back here and just had to prove a point, and I hope we did.
"It's good to have Daniel (Palepoi) in the backfield," Lail said. "It really gets our play-action going, having him and Tisi running as hard as they can every play it'll open up a couple things for our receivers, and it definitely did tonight."
A muffed punt return by Layton put Bingham back in business in the third quarter, and Tuifua scored the Miners' only second-half touchdown for a 47-7 bulge after Layton blocked the PAT attempt for the second time.
The Lancers got on the scoreboard again when Tevita Uasilaa punched it on from a yard out on the final play of the game.