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Bingham pounds away at Riverton

Bingham's LT Filiaga runs through the tackle of Riverton's Matthew Maughan in the Miners' win.
Bingham's LT Filiaga runs through the tackle of Riverton's Matthew Maughan in the Miners' win.
Liz Martin, Deseret Morning News

SOUTH JORDAN — The gap between Bingham and the rest of the Region 3 field is still very, very prevalent.

The Miners dominated all three facets of the game Thursday night — including an 89-yard kickoff return to start the game — in a convincing 42-12 win over rival Riverton.

"It's always fun playing Riverton in any sport, especially football, and it's especially nice to beat them," said Bingham tight end Austin Holt, who hauled in two touchdown catches in the win.

Everything was clicking for the Miners. Offensively, the Miners found the perfect balance between the run and the pass with Sam Langi rushing for three touchdowns and 163 yards, while Holt was the recipient of a pair of touchdown passes from Jake Soffe.

Defensively, Bingham jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead by limiting Riverton to a meager 56 yards of total offense in the opening half.

As for the special teams, well let's just say Scott Jorgensen has 11 mouths to feed. He promised his kickoff team he would take them all out to dinner if Bingham returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and Tyler Conrad did exactly that on the opening play of the game.

With the victory, Bingham improved to 7-1 on the season and has won four straight by an average of 30 points since losing to Jordan back on Sept. 7.

"People talked about that (Jordan) loss, how that might be the downfall of us," said Holt. "After that loss it really made us come together as a team. It let us know we're not invincible. We know we can't be 14-0, but we can be 13-1."

The biggest improvement since the loss has involved the running game.

"The O-line is functioning better right now than any team I've coaching in 24 years," said Bingham coach Dave Peck.

With four-year starter Derek Tuimauga, three-year starter Holt and two-year starter Matt Valenzuela in the trenches is easy to see why the Miners have been so successful running the ball as of late.

"I think Sam Langi is the best back in the state. He's got great balance, he's got good speed and he can catch the ball really well out of the backfield," said Peck.

So far this year Langi has carried the ball 129 times for 1,261 yards, and with two more regular season games remaining and the likelihood of three or four more playoff games, 2,000 yard seems like a foregone conclusion.

Trailing by five touchdowns at the half, an energetic Riverton team cut the deficit to 35-6 early in the third quarter as Zachary Spencer broke free for a 61-yard touchdown run.

It took Bingham just four plays to regain the five-touchdown lead as Soffe connected with Holt on a 44-yard touchdown strike right up the middle of the field.

Riverton, which finished with 209 yards of total offense compared to Bingham's 386, made 42-12 on a late touchdown run by Carver.