There is a lot of pressure to do your best. You never stop; you grind through it all. —Senior left tackle Camden Brown
Note: Bingham finished with a 14-0 overall record in 2016 and was first in Region 3 with a 6-0 record. Bingham beat Lone Peak 17-10 in 5A championship.
SOUTH JORDAN — Dax Milne and his teammates admit the tradition of Bingham’s football success is a weight they carry long before they even suit up for the first game of a season.
“There is a lot of hype that goes toward us in the preseason,” said the senior wide receiver. “But we all live up to it and get it done. We’re used to the pressure. We’ve always had that growing up.”
So what makes that weight, which could be seen as a burden instead of a foundation, easier to carry?
So what makes that weight, which could be seen as a burden instead of a foundation, easier to carry?
“Our discipline and hard work,” Milne said.
Senior left tackle Camden Brown explains how discipline is infused into everything they do from offseason weight workouts to the class room to fall’s Friday nights.
“It’s how we do things,” he said. “It’s how we’re taught to do stuff. There is a lot of pressure to do your best. You never stop; you grind through it all.”
The players credit their coaches with making discipline the foundation of the program, even as they say it doesn’t stop them from being “a bunch of wild guys just trying to have fun,” Milne said. “But when it’s game time, we’re ready.”
Expectations for the 2017 Bingham Miners is as high as it gets with coaches voting them No. 1 in preseason polls. The defending 5A state champions move up to the newly created 6A and move to a new region that includes the largest Utah county schools — Lone Peak, Pleasant Grove, Westlake and American Fork.
“I like this team, I really do,” Lambourne said. “I think we have a good mixture of returning starters and kids who are anxious to have their shot.”
What he likes most is their work ethic.
“We won our powerlifting competition,” he said matter-of-factly. “I don’t know what that means, other than we worked hard during the second semester in the weight room.”
He said there isn’t a single massive hole the Miners need to address this season as each position group has players to replace, but they also return experienced leaders.
“There are a couple of guys missing in each defensive position group,” he said. “And there are a couple of guys missing at each offensive position. We have two quarterbacks who are doing a great job.”
They’ll have nice targets in two of the state’s top wide receivers — Dax Milne, who is mulling several college scholarship offers, and Brayden Cosper, who is committed to BYU.
The Miners will rely on a stable of running backs led by senior Amoni Kaili, who has the most varsity experience.
Bingham Miners at a glance
Coach: John Lambourne enters his third year as the Miners head coach with a 25-2 record. It is the Cottonwood High and Utah alum's eighth year as a head coach and he owns a 65-17 record overall.
Bingham Offensive Snapshot
Offensive coordinator: John Lambourne
2016 offensive production: 42.8 ppg (No. 2 in 5A)
-- 6 returning starters
Key offensive returning starters
-- Dax Milne (WR)
Milne had 25 catches for 471 yards and six touchdowns.
-- Brayden Cosper (WR/FS)
Cosper finished 2016 with 792 yards and nine touchdown catches.
-- Amoni Kaili (RB)
As a junior, he ran for 276 yards and five touchdowns.
Returning offensive starters
-- Camden Brown (LT)
-- Tevita Angilau (C)
-- Amanaki Angilau (G)
-- Jackson Walker (RB)
Offensive newcomers to watch
Peyton Jones (QB)
Ryan Wood (QB)
Braedon Wissler (RB)
Lolani Langi (RB)
Lambourne's comments on Dax Milne:
"Dax has been involved with our varsity since his freshman year, and he's just gotten better and better. I expect he'll have a breakout year. He's got some good quickness, his ball skills are terrific. He's a pretty athletic guy.
Lambourne's comments on the offensive line:
"I'm thrilled to have three returning starters in Camden Brown and Tevita Angilau and AManaki Angilau, we're settling in on who is going to join that group...You're in a pretty good place. Keith chat just does a terrific job with those kids."
Lambourne's comments on Brayden Cosper:
"He had a break out season last year, and we expect even bigger and better things from him this year. He's a big kid, for an outside receiver, and I think that's going to work to his advantage."
Keys for Offensive Success in 2017:
Finding two reliable running backs will be the foundation of the offense, as it always is at Bingham, but this year there may be more passing than usual with BYU-bound Brayden Cosper and Dax Milne. The team needs to settle on a quarterback, but both are capable of powering the Miner offense thanks to the consistency and veteran leadership of the team's offensive line.
Bingham Defensive Snapshot
Defensive coordinator: Karl Cloward
2016 defensive production: 11.6 ppg (No. 1 in 5A)
-- 7 returning starters
Key defensive returning starters
- Lolani Langi (OLB)
Langi earned 63 tackles and 4.5 sacks
- Amanaki Angilau (DL)
He earned 25 tackles and one sack
- Simote Pepa (DL)
Pepa earned 46 tackles and four sacks
- Kai Fotu (OLB)
Earned 25 tackles and two sacks
- Cole Moody (DB)
Moody had 53 tackles, three sacks and one interception
- Tanner Merrill (DB)
Earned 26 tackles and one interception
Returning defensive starters
Seleka Ataata (LB)
Kobi Matagi (LB/DB)
Brody Price (DE)
Lambourne’s comments on defensive strength:
"I think when you have seven guys back from a state championship year, that gives you a little bit of an experience edge. We have seven kids with significant experience. I can't imagine all of those games of experience won't help us out."
Lambourne’s comments on Lolani Langi:
"He got his feet wet as a sophomore starter, and we plan to see some big things from him."
Keys for Defensive Success in 2017:
The hallmark of the Miner program has been consistency on defense. This year should be no exception as the team returns enough veteran leadership, including lineman Simote Pepa, to help newer players acclimate to the demands of new roles. The heart of the defense will be the linemen, some of who will play on both sides of the ball, but cornerback Tanner Merrill and strong safety Cole Moody are also impressive anchors.
Coaches preseason Region 4 straw poll: 1
Deseret News Region 4 prediction: 1
Key Region Game: American Fork, Oct. 13 (because region seeding will likely come down to the final games.)
Bottom line: The Miners will be tested in new ways in the new region, but they will be the powerhouse that they always are. The program has tradition on its side and talented players on the field. They're led by knowledgeable, veteran coaches who have chemistry with each other and their players. Bingham will be tough to beat as they attempt to compete for the state's first 6A title.
Aug. 18 — OREM, 7 p.m.
Aug. 25 — EAST, 7 p.m.
Sept. 1 — at Herriman, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 — vs. Kahuku, Hawaii, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 — PLEASANT GROVE, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 — at Westlake, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 — LONE PEAK, 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 — at Hunter, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 — at American Fork, 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 — BYE
Felt’s Facts for Bingham High School
All-time record: 487-363-30 (93 years)
Region championships: 24 (1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1960, 1963, 1991 co, 1996 co, 1999 co, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 co, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Playoff appearances: 44
Current playoff appearance streak: 28 (1989-2016)
All-time playoff record: 58-34
State championships: 10 (1939, 1941, 1945, 1946, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016)
State championship record: 10-2
Most played rivalry: 53 meetings with Cyprus dating back to 1926. Cyprus leads 24-21-8. Last met in 1992.
Felt’s Factoid(s): Miner Justin Sorensen set the state record for career field goals by kicking 28 from 2005-07. He also holds the record for the longest field goal, 62 yards, in state prep history. Chayden Johnston booted 23 during his career (2011-14) and ranks sixth on the all-time list Cameron Smith established a championship-game record by rushing 37 times in the 2014 Class 5A title contest The Miners set a state record for most games in a season, 15, in 2014 Bingham is also the only school to win 14 games in a season more than once (2006, 2013, 2016).
2016 — 14-0 (6-0 in Region 3 – 5A Champions)
2015 — 11-2 (6-0 in Region 3 – 5A Semifinals)
2014 — 13-1 (5-0 in Region 3 – 5A Champions)
2013 — 14-0 (5-0 in Region 3 – 5A Champions)
2012 — 10-3 (4-1 in Region 4 – 5A Semifinals)
Bingham coaching history
2015-current — John Lambourne (25-2)
2000-2014 — Dave Peck (157-36)
1985-1999 — Sonny Sudbury (80-74)
1979-1984 — Jerry Fiat (23-37)
1969-1978 — Roy Whitworth (42-50)
1967-1968 — Steve Dangerfield (3-14)
1962-1966 — Raynor Pearce (19-24)
1954-1961 — Del Schick (33-27)
1928-1953 — Bailey Santisteven (101-82)
1925-1927 — Tommy McMullen (4-14)
1910 — Ira Masters (2-3)
Deseret News Mr. Football recipients
2009 — Tuni Kanuch, OL
Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
2016 — Daniel Loua, DB
2013 — Scott Nichols, RB
2010 — Stephan Cantwell, QB
2006 — Jordan Pendleton, WR
Deseret News First Team All-Staters the past 10 years
2016 — Jahvontay Smith, RB
2016 — Cole Clemens, OT
2016 — Langi Tuifua, DE
2016 — Brigham Tuatagaloa, MLB
2015 — Cole Clemens, OL
2015 — Jay Tufele, DL
2015 — Langi Tuifua, DL
2015 — Simote Lokotui, DB
2015 — Kyle Mitchell, K
2014 — Kyle Gearig, QB
2014 — Daniel Gasio, OL
2014 — Langi Tuifua, DL
2014 — Daniel Langi, LB
2014 — Kade Cloward, DB
2014 — Chayden Johnston, K
2013 — Dalton Schultz, TE
2013 — Aaron Amaama, OL
2013 — Mahonrai Toki, DL
2013 — Daniel Langi, LB
2013 — Nick Heninger, LB
2013 — Sky Manu, DB
2013 — Kade Cloward, DB
2012 — Lowell Lotulelei, DL
2012 — Durrant Miles, DL
2012 — Drake Miller, LB
2011 — Daniel Palepoi, RB
2011 — Poasi Taukeiaho, OL
2010 — Harvey Langi, RB
2010 — Jordan Hicks, OL
2010 — Kesni Tausinga, OL
2010 — Moses Kaumatule, DL
2010 — Jared Afalava, LB
2010 — Manoa Pikula, LB
2010 — Logan Parker, DB
2010 — Kyle Duke, K
2009 — Harvey Langi, RB
2009 — Bradyn Heap, OL
2009 — Seni Fauonuku, DL
2009 — Braden Anderson, DB
2009 — Travis McRae, DB
2008 — Harvey Langi, RB
2008 — Mike Edmunds, WR
2008 — Tuni Kanuch, OL
2008 — L.T. Filiaga, LB
2008 — Remington Peck, LB
2007 — Sam Langi, RB
2007 — Austin Holt, TE
2007 — Derek Tuimauga, OL
2007 — Iona Pritchard, LB
2007 — Justin Peck, DB
2007 — Justin Sorensen, K
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.