PLAIN CITY When the 2008 football schedules were announced, no one expected a Week 3 matchup of winless teams to include longtime powers Bingham and Fremont. But the Miners have dropped tough games to two of the state's best, while Fremont is trying to rebuild a program on the fly after a head coaching change.
Bingham has had a difficult time getting its offense untracked during the preseason, but unfortunately for Fremont, the real Miners showed up Friday night with a convincing 49-14 road victory.
"It was a relief to get this first (win) off our backs," said Bingham quarterback Jake Soffe. "We should come to play like this every week from now on."
That is an ominous sign for their future opponents, as Bingham looked indestructible in racking up 497 yards of offense. A week after struggling to muster any offense against Alta, the Miners played flawless football in the first half against Fremont.
A common theme developed in the first quarter as Bingham scored on its first two possessions of the game on passes from Soffe to Mike Edmunds.
The first was a five-yard quick post that capped an 11-play, 78-yard drive. The second score was on the first play of a possession, a beautiful 64-yard play-action pass.
The Bingham defense was impregnable in the first half, forcing Fremont to three-and-out on every possession but one in the first half, providing the offense with great field position. Bingham laid it on in the second quarter, first scoring on a 13-yard pass from Soffe to tight end Remington Peck. Shortly after that running back Harvey Langi scored on a 5-yard run before Soffe again found his favorite target, Edmunds, streaking up the sideline for a 52-yard touchdown just before half to take a 35-0 lead.
"We're showing signs of the old Bingham," said Bingham coach Dave Peck. "You can see what we're capable of when things are clicking."
Soffe and Peck both pointed to the improved play of their offensive line as the key to their offensive turnaround. Bradyn Heap, Tuni Kanuch, Vince Giron, Talai Livai, and Brandon Taukeiaho kept Soffe's jersey clean the entire game, and the quarterback took advantage passing 11-12 for 227 yards and four touchdowns.
Edmunds was the beneficiary of much of Soffe's handiwork by catching five passes for 156 yards and three scores.
"I'd see 'Ed' over there and I know he can get open against anybody. I've been with him my whole life and we worked all summer long," said Soffe.