Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
KAYSVILLE — Miners are mighty tough guys who must be accustomed to working in awfully dreadful weather conditions.
Yes, it's true, because those tough-guy Miners from Bingham High didn't let a relentless rainstorm stop them from blasting Davis High 33-14 in the two teams' 2014 football season opener Friday night.
Defending 5A state champion Bingham was dominant on both sides of the ball and on special teams despite steady rains that drenched the stadium in various degrees of drizzle throughout the first half.
And don't let that final score fool you. Sure, Davis shut down Bingham's offense in the first quarter and trailed just 10-0 at halftime, but the Miners got it rolling in the second half and led 33-0 in the fourth quarter before the Darts came up with a couple of big offensive plays and scored two late touchdowns in the final five minutes.
"It was a good way to start the season," said Bingham coach Dave Peck, whose team notched its 15th consecutive victory overall. "If you had told me before the game that we'd come in here and win 33-14, I'd take that every time.
"The weather bothered both teams in the early going, but then we finally got our offense going a little bit. And our defense played great — I believe this is the best secondary I've ever had since I've been at Bingham, and our linebackers and D-line are very good, too."
Indeed, while Davis made the final score look more respectable with those two fourth-quarter TDs, this one was essentially over long before that, as the Darts struggled with terrible field position all night long by being pinned deep in their own end of the field on almost every possession.
"They are the real deal," said Davis coach Tyler Gladwell, who saw the Miners and Mother Nature rain on his head coaching debut with the Darts. "They are as advertised. They've got it all — solid offense, great defense, excellent special teams. That's a darned good football team."
Bingham quarterback Kyle Gearig got the Miners on the scoreboard in the second quarter when he rolled right, couldn't find an open receiver, and dashed into the end zone from 5 yards out.
Gearig got the wind knocked out of him in the end zone pileup on his touchdown — "I was groaning like a cow," he said with a smile after the game — but it was the Miners who would knock the wind out of the Darts the rest of the way.
Bingham placekicker Chayden Johnston added the PAT after Gearig's rushing touchdown, then boomed a 41-yard field goal — that would've been good from 60 yards — to make it 10-0 at halftime.
Then the Miners cranked it up, as Cameron Smith broke off a couple of long gains that put Bingham at the Davis 5. Smith then sliced into the end zone from there to make it 17-0 early in the third quarter.
Gearig soon flipped a 45-yard touchdown pass to Smith, who scooted into the end zone untouched midway through the third period for a 24-0 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter, after another long pass to Smith had Bingham pounding on the door again, Brady Atkin slammed into the end zone from 2 yards out to make it 31-0.
But Davis wouldn't quit, as Tyree Adams broke loose for a 44-yard touchdown scamper midway through the fourth quarter to finally get the Darts on the scoreboard.
Then in the final minute, Davis backup quarterback Kallin Fisher found Brayden Gapinski for an 11-yard scoring strike, and Chase Clampitt — who had been forced to punt numerous times from inside his own 10-yard line due to Bingham's dominant defensive effort — added the PAT for the 33-14 final.
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