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Bengals keep playoff tradition alive

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Brighton meeting and beating Bingham has become an annual prep playoff tradition. Friday's 28-6 Bengal victory made it three consecutive years that the two teams have clashed in the preseason and again in the playoffs, all with the same result: Brighton moves on while the Miners move out.

Bingham scored first when Wyatt Gines hit Ryan Campbell with an 11-yard strike - only the third first-half touchdown Brighton has yielded this season. The point-after-attempt was blocked, but the Bengals still faced a deficit at halftime for the first time this season."Everyone's head was down," said Bengal running back Reno Mahe. "I admit my head was down in the first half. We had to show that we still had heart."

Mahe had sufficient heart to score two touchdowns in the second half to help the Bengals secure a win and a berth in the semifinals. His first touchdown - a 35-yard scamper - and the extra point gave Brighton the lead. His second score - an 11-yard run - finished off the scoring and any hopes the Miners had of victory.

But according to Mahe, it's the Bengal offensive line that deserves the credit.

"We will not win any games no matter how talented our specialists are if we don't win on the line," he said.

The other specialists were pretty talented, however. Mitch England ran under a Denny Crockett bomb for a 46-yard touchdown and Zac Eckman blasted through the middle of the Bingham line and dashed 40 yards for another score. The real star of the second half, however, was likely the Bengal defense.

"We didn't have a lot of stops in the first half," said Bengal coach Lynn Freestone, who seemed reluctant to say much about the game. "We executed."

The final stop came at the hands of Donnie Saba, who picked off a Miner pass in the final minutes. The junior also had an interception returned for a touchdown that was called back on a roughing penalty.

"We weren't pumped up (in the first half), but we picked each other up. He (Peterson) is a great quarterback. I am glad we could play well against him."

"We stayed together," said linebacker and defensive captain Mike Austin. "They came out hard, but at halftime we knew we were going to win."

Brighton next faces Granger, the Bengals' first opponent of the season. Brighton won that game, 14-6.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

High school football playoffs

CLASS 5A QUARTERFINALS

Upper bracket

Brighton 28, Bingham 6

Granger 39, Northridge 26

Lower bracket

Alta 42, Hunter 35

Skyline 35, Orem 6

CLASS 5A SEMIFINALS

Friday at BYU

Brighton (10-0) vs. Granger (8-3), noon

Alta (9-1) vs. Skyline (10-1), 3 p.m.

CLASS 4A QUARTERFINALS

Upper bracket

East (6-3) at Bonneville (8-2), Sat., 1 p.m.

Olympus 45, American Fork 28

Lower bracket

Highland 49, Box Elder 14

Timpview 34, West 0

CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS

Friday at Utah State

East-Bonneville winner vs. Olympus (9-1), noon

Highland (11-1) vs. Timpview (8-2), 3 p.m.

CLASS 3A QUARTERFINALS

Upper bracket

Snow Canyon (7-2) at Morgan (10-0), Sat., 1 p.m.

Delta (7-1) at Lehi (10-0), Sat., 1 p.m.

Lower bracket

Ogden (5-5) at Emery (6-3), Sat., 1 p.m.

Ben Lomond (6-3) at Cedar (9-1), Sat., 1 p.m.

CLASS 2A QUARTERFINALS

Upper bracket

Manti (8-2) at San Juan (9-1), Sat., 1 p.m.

Grantsville (8-2) at Millard (10-0), Sat., 3 p.m.

Lower bracket

South Summit (3-7) at North Summit (6-4), Sat., noon

Juab 57, Grand 25 (Juab is 11-0)