PLAYER OF THE GAME

Jefferson Court

Alta's first-team all-state LB from a year ago had a monster game with 15 tackles, a forced fumble and a tackle for loss.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Trailing 21-3 with under two minutes in the game, Bingham was all but finished. Just when it looked like a blowout was inevitable, though, Bingham's TJ Ford returned a punt 67 yards to make it 21-10 and swung momentum back to Bingham.

KEY CALL

With less than seven minutes remaining in the game, Alta QB Ryan Rosenvall was picked off on a second down near midfield. The referee called a roughing the passer penalty, however, which negated Colton Yack's pick and great field position for Bingham.

QUOTABLE

"Defense. All game. Defense, defense, defense has been our forte all year long. Our defense has carried us." — Les Hamilton, Alta head coach

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ALTA VS. LAYTON

When: Friday, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium

TV: KJZZ Radio: 1230AM

Update: 5A state championship pits two respective region championship who are both 12-1.

Alta 21, Bingham 17

First quarter

ALTA 7, BINGHAM 0

Alta (6:17): Sausan Shakerin 1 run (Adam Frogley kick)

2 plays, 2 yards, :36

KEY PLAY: Parker Walbeck's big punt return set up a first and goal for Alta at the two-yard line.

ALTA 7, BINGHAM 3

Bingham (1:23): Justin Sorensen 38 FG

6 plays, 30 yards, 2:59

KEY PLAY: Two Alta defensive penalties helped keep Bingham's drive alive.

Second quarter

ALTA 14, BINGHAM 3

Alta (10:21) Shakerin 6 run (Frogley kick)

5 plays, 47 yards, 1:55

KEY PLAY: On a third down and nine, Parker Webster hauled in a 12-yard pass from Ryan Rosenvall.

ALTA 21, BINGHAM 3

Alta (7:42): Shakerin 4 run (Frogley kick)

11 plays, 64 yards, 4:11

KEY PLAY: On the 11-play drive Alta didn't have to convert a single third down until Shakerin's four-yard run on third and goal.

ALTA 21, BINGHAM 10

Ford (1:51): TJ Ford 67 punt return (Sorensen kick)

KEY PLAY: The Miners forced Alta to a three and out setting up Ford's game-changing punt return.

Third quarter

ALTA 21, BINGHAM 17

Bingham (11:02): Ford 57 run (Sorensen kick)

3 plays, 80 yards, :52

KEY PLAY: Ford danced along the sideline on his way to the 57-yard touchdown run.

GAME STATS

RUSHING — Bingham, Langi 25-103, Ford 7-87, Cantwell 3-4. Alta, Shakerin 26-90, Rosenvall 12-14, Walbeck 3-8, Day 3-6.

PASSING — Bingham, Cantwell 4-15-56-0, Soffe 0-1-0-0. Alta, Rosenvall 9-21-128-0.

RECEIVING — Bingham, Holt 2-18, Edmunds 1-31, Langi 1-7. Alta, Webster 4-73, Hunt 4-43, Walbeck 1-12.

INTERCEPTIONS — Bingham, Ludwig 1-0.

SACKS — None.

TACKLES — Bingham, Filiaga 17, Prichard 15, Dabb 11, Peck 7, Ludwig 6, Chaus 5, Williams 5, Peck 4, Yack 2, Giron 2, Rimal 2, Schreiner, Sorensen, Ford, Fangupo, Reay. Alta, Court 15, Fehr 8, Anderson 7, Alm 4, Phillips 4, Dunn 3, Davies 3, Keller 2, Anderson 2, Carli, Clark, Crestani, Nelson, Fortin, Davies, Mortinson, Palmer, Moore.

NOTES

In the last three years prior to Friday's semifinal, Bingham had won four straight against Alta, but the Hawks halted that streak Friday ... The win extended Alta's winning streak to 11 straight ... Alta now leads the all-time series against Bingham 12-7 ... Alta coach Les Hamilton is now 32-8 in three seasons at Alta and 8-2 overall. His career record, including two seasons at Grantsville, is 46-19 and 11-4 in the playoffs ... The loss for Bingham denied coach Dave Peck his 100th coaching victory.

ALTA SEASON STATS

Scoring offense: 41.2 ppg

Scoring defense: 14.0 ppg

Passing leader: Ryan Rosenvall (119-184, 64.6%, 1,740, 20 TDs)

Rushing leader: Sausan Shakerin (180 rushes, 1,056 yards, 14 TDs)

Receiving leader: Brady Hunt (30 rec., 527 yards, 4 TDs)

Tackles leader: Jefferson Court (102)

Sacks leader: Derek Keller (8 1/2)

Interceptions leader: Brantley Dunn (5 ints)

BINGHAM SEASON STATS

Scoring offense: 35.8 ppg

Scoring defense: 11.7 ppg

Passing leader: Logan Cantwell (49-110, 44.5%, 803 yards, 10 TDs)

Rushing leader: Sam Langi (211 rushes, 1,814 yards, 22 TDs)

Receiving leader: Austin Holt (29 rec., 490 yards, 6 TDs)

Tackles leader: Forrest Dabb (102)

Sacks leader: Forrest Dabb (4)

Int. leader: Logan Ludwig (3)