SOUTH JORDAN The Bingham Miners opened their 2007 playoff run with an efficient 42-6 romp over visiting Fremont on Saturday.
Running back Sam Langi piled up 155 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, with 145 of those yards coming in the first half.
The Minersjumped ahead 28-6 at halftime and were able to send their starters to the bench shortly before the start of the fourth quarter.
Fremont was gamely physical, if understandably worn out after playing three games in eight days. The Silver Wolves had to beat Clearfield in Tuesday's play-in game for the chance to take on top-ranked Bingham.
Conversely, the Miners came in with a nine-day layoff, but showed no signs of rust.
"They came out harder than I thought they would, but physically we came out and dominated and did our jobs," Langi said. "The playoffs are something we think about all year, even though we still take it one game at a time."
Bingham opened the game by giving the ball to Langi on eight of 12 plays, capped off by a short run off the right tackle to open the scoring. After a Fremont three-and-out, Miners quarterback Logan Cantwell found tight end Austin Holt in the end zone for a two-touchdown lead.
Quarterback Chase Moore then led the Wolves to their only score of the day, a 1-yard throw to Benson Beus. The 64-yard drive was helped along by three Bingham penalties.
Langi quickly turned momentum back in Bingham's favor with a 47-yard run to the goal line and a six-yard touchdown, putting Bingham up 21-6.
Because the Miners shut down the Fremont running game, Moore's receivers had difficulty getting open in a crowded secondary. Bingham's QB, Cantwell, had a strong showing, completing 10 of eleven throws for two touchdowns.
With their fifth 40-plus point effort in six games and a defense that hasn't given up more than two touchdowns in seven contests, the Miners seem to be as close as a team can be to hitting on all cylinders.
"Our kids were ready to play, and I think we had a good scheme on both sides of the ball," Bingham coach Dave Peck said. "Overall, I feel good about the way we played. But I don't think we're close to peaking, because there were penalties and some other mistakes we need to work on."
The Davis Darts await the Miners next week in what Langi thinks will be a physical showdown.
"They're a physical team," he said. "I know they'll come out and hit you. It should be a good game."