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GRUNDY LEADS BINGHAM PAST BOUNTIFUL, 28-23

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"They kicked it to the right guy," Bingham coach Sonny Sudbury said after Chad Grundy safely stowed an onside kick in the waning moments of the Miners' 28-23 5A playoff victory over Bountiful Friday.

"I was hoping they'd kick it to me," said Grundy, who played a major role in the Miner victory. "I just like to take care of it, I guess."And how.

The 5-foot-9 senior, dubbed "Super Grundy" in the program, returned the game's opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, ran 64 yards from scrimmage for another score and intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter in leading Bingham past the visiting Braves.

"I think he's the toughest kid in the state," said Sudbury. "He played well. He's really a money player."

One that proved costly to Bountiful.

"You bet. Big plays by him and that's the difference," said Braves coach Larry Wall. "Against good football teams like (Bingham), you can't give up the big plays."

Grundy didn't wait long to get started - scoring on the first play of the game.

"It's tough to spot a region champion seven points," said Wall.

Bingham added to its lead eight minutes later when quarterback Paul Peterson, who later left the game with an injured finger, teamed with Steven Marble on a 12-yard scoring strike. Bountiful countered with a 1-yard plunge by Brian Worthley early in the second quarter to make it 14-7 - a score that stood until Dax Rapp made it 14-10 with a 35-yard field goal two minutes into the second half.

Exactly 17 seconds later, Grundy rambled 64 yards for a touchdown to give Bingham some breathing room - a margin protected by two interceptions and a punt on Bountiful's next possessions.

Brady Wilson's 12-yard touchdown run with 11:17 left to play allowed the Miners to capitalize on the second pick, courtesy of Grundy.

Trailing 28-10, the Braves made a late rally with two scores in the final 4:18. Bountiful quarterback Wes Patterson tossed touchdown passes to Moroni Schwab (28 yards) and Blake Russon (25 yards) to make it 28-23, but Grundy pulled in the ensuing onside kick to settle the outcome.

"I felt like I was sitting on a time bomb out there," said Sudbury, whose team will face top-ranked Brighton in the quarterfinals.

"We are ready for them," promised Grundy.