Brighton and Bingham were both desperate for a victory Friday night after both suffered upset opening-day losses last week.
While the Miners effectively used a ball-control offense, in the end it was the big plays of the Bengals that determined the winner as they rolled to a 27-13 victory.The Bengals scored on touchdown plays of 57, 49, 59 and 83 yards, to even their season mark at 1-1. Bingham, which had the ball the majority of the game, running 57 plays to Brighton's 34, dropped to 0-2.
"We wanted to get a win in, just like everybody else," said Brighton coach Lynn Freestone, whose team must play Skyline and Highland in its first two Region 2 games. "With the wishbone you can keep them guessing and we were fortunate to get them out of position and get some big plays."
Like they did against Bonneville a week earlier, the Bengals started slow, falling behind 10-0 in the second quarter.
Then the Bengals, who had started off with 11 straight running plays, finally called a pass play and Sean Hagen hit Michael Dobson with a 57-yard score to make it 10-6 at the half.
It didn't take long for the Bengals to score in the second half as Hagen got loose on an option play and sprinted 49 yards for a score.
The Bingham defense stopped Brighton on fourth down at their own 12 to halt a drive and then the Miners marched down and tied it at 13-13 on Travis Giles' 40-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the quarter.
But Brighton struck quickly again, as Dobson got loose on a simple dive play and broke free for a 59-yard TD gallop. Then after a Bingham punt, Brighton put the game on ice as Hagen went around right end on an option run and didn't stop until he was in the end zone 83 yards later.
"They got those big plays on us," said Bingham coach Sonny Sudbury. "Their quarterback has great speed and he hurt us tonight."
The Miners scored first, taking the opening kickoff and driving 80 yards in 11 plays with Chase hitting Danny Harris with a 5-yard pass for the touchdown.
On Brighton's first drive, the Miners held the Bengals on fourth and one at the Brighton 45 as Justin Bailey broke through to drop Dobson for a 2-yard loss.
Bingham then drove inside the 10-yard line before settling for a 24-yard field goal by Giles.
"We wanted to play better than last week (a 20-18 loss to Cottonwood), and I think we did," said Sudbury.
"That's a good ball club," said Freestone of the Miners. "Sonny had a good gameplan for us tonight and really took it to us in the first half."