SOUTH JORDAN — Bingham began its region play with a beatdown of crosstown rival Riverton 42-16. The Miners are looking to re-establish themselves as top dog of Region 4 after giving way to Lone Peak last season and appear to be peaking at just the right time.
"I really do think we're getting better and better," said Bingham head coach Dave Peck. "We've battled through injuries and kids have been out for certain reasons, but they're all coming back and I like this team. I really like how we're playing right now."
Coach Peck knows a lot about winning state championships and knows that a team needs to be balanced in its attack to reach the top. Bingham showed that ability against Riverton early and often.
While the ground game was working fine early, Bingham coaches took advantage of Riverton stacking the box to score its first three touchdowns through the air. Quarterback Jantzen Bowles led off by hitting Hayden Weichers from 16 yards out for the game's first touchdown. Coleman Stout rotated with Bowles throughout the game and accounted for the next two Miner scores with touchdown strikes of 36 and then 50 yards to Kalan Cantwell and Weichers respectively.
"A lot of teams are going to play up and try and take away our run, so we need to take advantage by beating teams deep," said Peck about his team's early proliferation through the air. "I feel we can both (run and pass) just as easily, and I think this may be as good or better than any receiving group we've had here."
The Silverwolves remained competitive throughout the first half and found themselves down just 21-10 after an 11-yard touchdown run by BJ Newman and a last-second field goal from Brady Slack, but that's as close as they'd get.
Riverton threatened to score early in the second half, but after Bingham's Daniel Langi scooped up a fumble and returned it 71 yards for a touchdown, its hopes were all but done. Bingham dominated from that point, only yielding an insignificant last-second touchdown on its way to the convincing win.
The win left coach Peck optimistic and proud of how his team has grown since the start of the year.
"I think we have great leadership and it all starts there," said Peck. "We have seniors that are our best players, but also our best leaders, so I don't know what will happen the rest of the season, but I feel really good about this team. I like our chances as long as our kids keep working hard."
With the win, Bingham moves to 5-1 on the year and 1-0 in region play and will travel to take on Lone Peak next week. Riverton falls to 3-3 and 0-1 in region play and will next take on Pleasant Grove at home.
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