Bingham, Lone Peak have plenty of respect for each other
@hsfootballfan- agree with your comments about Lone Peaks defense looking a lot
better since getting their new d coordinator. #6 name is Matthew Criddle and #3
name is Chase Stephan. They are both very smart, quick and physical. I
understand both have had brothers go play at the next level. Stephan is the
corner that has shut down all the top receivers in the state that Lone Peak has
played including Mack Richards of Alta. No question these two are some of the
best defensive backs in the state and at this level. I have seen
both LP and Bingham play three games this year. Both teams can be very
dangerous and are well coached. Should be a great game.
The 5A final four here is awesome. Four of the last 5A titles are represented
in this group. It's kind of a tournament of champions. Brighton comes in
without the recent title but have certainly earned their spot at RES this
year.I don't think there are any easy wins left. I think
everybody is bringing it and has the capability to win. The teams that execute
best will win. Cliche I know, but there it is.Bingham 27 Lone Peak
20Jordan 41 Brighton 35By the way, of the other seven
quarterfinalists Bingham has already beaten Brighton, Jordan, Alta, Herriman and
Riverton. If they get by LP and then win next week, they will have beaten 6 of
the other 7 quarterfinalists and have a total record of 7-0 against those teams.
It would be a solid statement title. But they still have to win two games.
The last two years when Bingham and LP were in the same Region and they have
faced each other. Two things have happened. One, Bingham was favored by all
the papers and the comment boards were heavy favoring Bingham. The second thing
happened was that LP won both games. This year teams are different and Bingham
is again very good. LP can't overpower Bingham, but their offense is
really clicking. They were up 41-6 on Alta before the starters were pulled.
The Murdock kid as a receiver has 10 TD receptions and can't be covered
man-to-man; best route runner in the state. They have two RB's averaging
over 5 yards per carry and their QB is one of the most dangerous players in the
state. They have more offensive weapons than people think and both lines are
strong. LP lost multiple starters to season ending injuries this year which
created chaos early. They have won 6 of 7 and only lost when they sat many
starters vs. Timpview. I expect turnovers and a few big plays will make the
difference. Bingham is the favorite and should be. They are very good, but LP
should not be overlooked.
@richapotamusrex- I beg to differ about the LP defense. I think if you were to
ask LP fans, they would say the reason they lost to Herriman and Riverton was
because they couldn't stop the run. After the Riverton game, they got a new
D coordinator (Harward I believe?) and have turned things around on that front.
They have stopped the run very well recently. Their pass defense has been
exceptional. #6 and #3 (forgive me for spacing their names) are as good of
defensive backs as you'll see at the high school level. LP is clicking on
all cylinders right now. This will be a hard fought game and will be anything
but "an easy lopsided victory" for Bingham.
I think LP is a very quality program. But I think if Bingham keys on the QB,
which I'm sure they are, and stop him, I don't think LP has enough
other weapons to beat Bingham. I could see this being close for a half. But I
think Bingham pulls out a win by 14 points or more in this one. All teams are
quality teams at this point in the season. Bingham will need to come out fast
and strong. But even if they do, they've proven they don't give up
I think this will be an easy lopsided victory for Bingham. I watched LP play a
couple of times this year and they just don't have the offense to score on
Bingham's defense. LP's defense is solid against the run but it is
susceptible to the pass. I would be surprised if LP scores more than 10 points.
I doubt this would happen but if Bingham overlooks LP like they did Alta it may
This is going to be such a good game. I think Lone Peak is the only team left
with a D that can keep up with Bingham. Lone Peak seems to always figure out a
way to play Bingham. They will come out ready, the questions is what is Bingham
going to do? Will they come out and completely shock LP? LP will be ready and
put all heart into this game. I expect it to be a very very close game. It could
go either way whoever makes less mistakes and offense gets rolling and makes big
defensive plays should win the game LP has come along way.