SALT LAKE CITY — With a convincing 30-7 victory over Fremont in the 5A title game Friday, the Bingham Miners cemented their place in state history.
Back-to-back state titles?
A perfect 13-0 season?
You got it.
A cast of characters that is both incredibly talented and unbelievably deep?
A bunch that dominated every time they stepped on the football field this fall?
Bingham's senior class has been hailed as a once-in-a-lifetime group, and those terrific seniors wrapped up their careers Friday afternoon inside Rice-Eccles Stadium by leading their school to its second state championship in as many seasons.
And they undoubtedly left a mark that will be remembered in this state for years, maybe decades to come.
It will certainly be remembered by Bingham coach Dave Peck.
"Someday at the end of my coaching career, I'm gonna look back on this group of seniors," said Peck. "In '06 when we won with (Jordan) Pendleton and all those guys, that was a special group, and we hadn't won it in 60 years and it was my first state championship.
"But this group, this is gonna be known for what they contributed for three years in the program. This year when everybody expected them to do it, they were able to do it and be so special."
Bingham's ultimate place in state history will best be judged in the coming years. But it's hard to argue that this Bingham team doesn't rank somewhere amongst the best in state history.
You can argue ad nauseam about who the best teams in the modern era are — some will point to Hunter in 2003, others to Skyline in 1999, others to perhaps one of Timpview's great teams.
But it's difficult to make a coherent argument against including this Bingham team in the discussion.
The Miners proved they belong by dominating from start to finish in 2010 with a team that features no fewer than at 14 future Division 1 players.
Certainly, no one in state history has received as much national recognition as this bunch.
Bingham has been ranked in the top 5 nationally throughout the year, and Peck believes it has opened the eyes of people around the nation to what football in the state of Utah is like.
"I do think that this group has done some things that have maybe brought to light the quality of football in the state of Utah at the high school level," said Peck.
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