Losing to Skyline in the opening weekend of the season was a black eye on the Bingham program — the program many have dubbed the new Skyline for the past several years.

It's not that losing to Skyline is shameful by any means, but losing because of a total lack of heart is.

The Miners more than made up for it on Thursday in the 5A semifinals at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Bingham dominated Skyline from the opening whistle and ultimately punched its ticket to next week's championship game with a 37-15 victory.

"Nine years ago when I came to Bingham I just kept saying my goal is to get to the point where Bingham is respected like Skyline is," said Bingham coach Dave Peck. "I don't know if we're there yet, but I sure like the way we played today."

With the victory, Bingham will have a chance to avenge its other preseason loss. Alta beat Bingham 27-19 in the preseason, and those rivals will meet next Friday for the 5A championship at Rice-Eccles Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

Now winners of 11 straight, if Bingham plays the way it did next weekend like it did against Skyline, a second state title in three years is a very good possibility.

Bingham running back Harvey Langi led the way with 174 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Remington Peck recorded four tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in a game he's been itching about since Week 1.

"There was definitely some motivation. I was one of the three kids that was suspended in the first game and we just had something to prove," said Peck.

Bingham was able to flex its muscles against an overmatched Skyline team very early.

In the first quarter alone, the Eagles fumbled the ball on their first play from scrimmage, turned the ball over on downs, shanked two punts and didn't get a single first down. By the end of the quarter Bingham led 17-0 and two plays into the second quarter the lead increased to 24-0.

Skyline seemed shell-shocked by Bingham's size and speed and the rout was on.

Bingham settled for a field goal after Skyline's fumble, increased the lead to 10-0 on a Harvey Langi 41-yard burst and then tacked on another touchdown as Mike Edmunds hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass from Jake Soffe.

Just like that Bingham was up 17-0 with 4:37 remaining in the first quarter. It was a dominant start eerily familiar to last week's quarterfinal win over Jordan.

"It was definitely huge to get off to a quick start. That's what our coaches stressed big time with the the way Skyline pounds the ball," said Remington Peck.

Skyline made things a bit interesting late in the first half as Algernon Brown punched one in from three yards out and then hauled in the two-point conversion pass from Kevin Wagstaff to make the score 24-8 at the half.

Any hope of a Skyline rally was quickly extinguished though as Langi scored on a two-yard touchdown late in the third quarter increasing Bingham's lead to 31-7.

"I thought we had a great game plan, we just didn't execute very well. And with Bingham playing such a great game against us we just couldn't get it going," said Skyline coach Roger DuPaix, whose team won two road games to advance to the semifinals.


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