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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Bingham's Saia Saltiban and Sione Finefeuiaki celebrate their overtime win over Valor Christian.

SOUTH JORDAN — Bingham overcame a futile start on offense to beat Colorado powerhouse Valor Christian 21-20 in overtime. The Miner faithful rushed the field following Valor Christian's missed two-point conversion during the second overtime possession.

The game was defensive battle until both offenses showed life late in the fourth. With 9:10 remaining, Bingham tied the score up 7-7 on a 1-yard run by quarterback Jantzen Bowles.

Valor Christian responded on the next possession with McCaffrey scoring from 13 yards out to put his team up 14-7 with 6:06 remaining. Bingham crossed midfield on its next possession only to turn the ball over as Marcus Wilson picked off a Coleman Stout pass. The Miner defense held strong, however, forcing the Eagles to punt from their own 20 yard line with just over two minutes remaining, but with a likely long field ahead of them with time running out.

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In an unusual turn of events though McCaffrey flubbed his running punt attempt to give Bingham the ball on the Valor Christian 20-yard line with ample opportunity to tie the game. Bingham looked to squander away its late opportunity until Bowles converted a 4th-and-16 situation on a scramble down the sideline. Three plays later Bowles hit Tonga Manu from 1-yard out to put the game into overtime.

Bingham received first possession of overtime and promptly scored on a 23-yard run by running back Tonga Manu. Valor Christian responded with a 6-yard touchdown run by McCaffrey and opted to end the game right there with a two-point conversion. As mentioned, that conversion failed and Bingham came away with an emotional 21-20 win.

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