ALPINE Bingham showed its ability to grind out a victory as they ran the ball well and controlled the clock on their way to a 24-8 victory over Lone Peak Friday.
The Miners (3-2) controlled the ball nearly the whole first half when they did most of their damage on the ground with the stable of talented running backs at their disposal.
"My challenge to our kids this week was to come out, be consistent and play a good solid game," Bingham coach Dave Peck said. "I felt like in the first half we really played a good game."
Neither team scored in the first quarter, although Bingham showed they could move the ball, but multiple penalties halted drives and backed the Miners out of scoring range.
Then early in the second quarter the Miners got on the scoreboard when sophomore running back Harvey Langi was hit hard by the Knights but failed to go down as he bounced off would-be tacklers on his way to a 48-yard touchdown run. Langi finished with 14 carries for 98 yards to go along with his touchdown.
"We go tailback by committee and we have three or four talented kids there," Peck said. "But (Langi) is going to be a special kid though. He is coming along, he runs hard and when he gets in the open he has good speed. It all starts up front though, when our guys are going to get after it we will have success running the ball."
Lone Peak's offense sputtered as the Miners brought pressure and didn't allow a single first down in the first half. Bingham also benefited from the great field position they enjoyed the entire first half when kicker Braeden Loveless knocked in a 33-yard field goal to go up 10-0 at the half.
The Miners wasted no time in the second half as it took only nine plays before running back Colton Yack scampered through the Lone Peak defense and dove into the endzone for the 21-yard touchdown run that put Bingham up 17-0.
After holding Lone Peak once more, the Miners ate more than seven minutes off the clock before quarterback Jake Soffe found tight end Remington Peck who made a one-handed grab on the 14-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 24-0
But Lone Peak still had a little left in them. Quarterback Tannon Pedersen suddenly found his groove and hooked up several times with wide receiver Chandler Allphin. The Knights got on board when Pedersen threw a deep out to Allphin who broke a tackle and streaked to the end zone for the 30-yard touchdown reception. Pedersen also found Allphin on a fade pattern for the two-point conversion.
"(Allphin) is one of the top two or three receivers in the state in my mind," Peck said. "You get the ball in his area he will come down with it."
The Knights threated once more but were unable to punch it in after having first and goal on the six yard line. Peck was impressed with the way his defense bent but didn't break."Defensively I thought our kids played really well," he said. "They have some of the best skills kids in the state but I thought our kids hung in there really good. They ended up getting one late and were threatening again and if they go in there it is anybodies game, but I like the way our kids hung in there."