Hail to the new king.
The second-ranked Bingham Miners, who haven't won a state football crown since 1946, will likely assume the state's No. 1 ranking after parlaying a 24-14 preseason victory over No. 4 Brighton with Skyline's loss at West Jordan Friday."We didn't slide into it. We beat a good football team here," said Bingham coach Sonny Sudbury. "If we end up (No. 1), we know teams will be shooting for us."
After a scoreless first quarter, Bingham exploded for 24 points to take a commanding halftime edge.
"Ugly, huh?," said Brighton coach Lynn Freestone. "We didn't come to play, no question. They lined up and took it to us."
Running back Josh Thorne put the Miners ahead for good, scoring on a one-yard plunge, to give Bingham a 7-0 lead with 11:55 remaining in the first half. Five minutes later, quarterback Charlie Peterson connected on a 51-yard scoring strike to Bryan Molen as the lead began to grow.
"The game of football is emotions and we came out with great emotion," said Sudbury. "We knew we had to come out and play hard. Our defense carries our offense and put us in great position."
Two turnovers added to Brighton's woes in the last six minutes. Jeremy Sorenson intercepted a Bengal pass to set up a 28-yard field goal by John Grande and Andrew Dawson recovered a fumble prior to Peterson's 16-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith in the last two minutes of the half.
Trailing 24-0 at the intermission, Brighton eventually showed signs of life.
Senior rusher Tyson Baker, who set up Brighton's first successful series with a 40-yard dash, broke the ice by scoring on a 3-yard run with 9:04 remaining. An on-sides kick led to another Brighton touchdown, this time on a 35-yard run by Michael Kent, which reduced the deficit to 24-14 with less than eight minutes remaining. But then Bingham shut the Bengals down.