SOUTH JORDAN The top-ranked Bingham Miners moved on to the 5A semifinals with an impressive 45-7 victory over the Davis Darts on Friday.
Sam Langi continued his torrid run through the playoffs with 204 yards and three touchdowns, and defensive back Logan Ludwig chipped in two defensive touchdowns within a minute in the third quarter to officially put the game out of reach.
"(Davis) was tough, and they're obviously a good team. But we know what our goal is and that's what we're focused on," Langi said. "It came down to our offensive line. We work together, as one, and just do things that get the job done."
The defending state champions move on to an epic showdown with second-ranked Alta, a rematch of last year's final. Bingham coach Dave Peck made it clear that as big as the win over Davis and the game with Alta may be, they don't represent his team's goals.
"There won't be any celebration tonight, and there won't be next week if we win," Peck said. "Our goal this season is not to beat Davis or to beat Alta in the semifinals. Alta is a great team and we're going to have to play well to win, but I guarantee you will not see us celebrating if we win."
Not all was well for the Miners, as starting quarterback Logan Cantwell suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter. Backup Jake Soffe filled in admirably the rest of the game, but not much was asked of either quarterback other than to get the ball to Langi.
Davis jumped out of the gates quickly when quarterback Conner Van Brocklin passed to running back Steven Pitcher for a 16-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. It would be the last highlight for the Darts the rest of the night.
The Miners' onslaught began with a Justin Sorensen 42-yard field goal, followed by Langi's first score of the night, a 61-yard scamper on the first play of their second possession. He scored two more before halftime, sending Bingham into the locker room with a 24-7 lead.
Any hopes Davis had of coming back were quashed in the third quarter when Ludwig took a Davis fumble 60 yards to the end zone, then two plays later picked off a Van Brocklin throw and followed a convoy of blockers to another score. Two plays later, Ludwig nearly had another pick, but the referee ruled it an incompletion.
All told, the Miners earned 28 points off four Davis turnovers. After last week's 42-6 win over Fremont in the first round, the Miners have now scored a combined 87 points while giving up just 13 in the playoffs.