Bingham Advances To 6A Quarterfinals With Win Over Syracuse

Oct 27, 2023, 8:31 PM


Left to right, Bingham’s Neo Laban puts his arm around teammate Suliasi Pepa while down 24 to 7 in the third quarter against Lone Peak during the high school football season opener at Lone Peak High School in Highland on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY –  The Bingham Miners advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 6A playoffs with a win over the Syracuse Titans in the second round.

The Miners hosted the Titans at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah on Friday, October 27.

Bingham beat Syracuse, 29-21

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During the first quarter, the Miners methodically worked their way down the field with a clock-draining drive.

With 2:32 remaining in the opening quarter, Bingham’s Chase Swensen broke out of the backfield for a 30-yard touchdown run. Swenson’s run resulted in the first points of the evening and gave the Miners a 7-0 lead.

Later in the quarter, the Titans responded with a field goal by Rhett Thompson. Syracuse’s 15-yard field goal made it a 7-3 game.

The Miners owned a four-point lead at the end of the opening 12 minutes of action.

Midway through the second quarter, the Titans pulled off a fake punt to maintain a drive.

With 3:44 to go before halftime, Syracuse took advantage of a big play that put the Titans in scoring territory when Jake Hopkins connected with Marriner Richards for a touchdown. The Titans took their first lead of the game at 10-7 following the score.

Less than a minute after the Titans’ touchdown, the Miners moved into the red zone after a 50-yard burst by Triston Brimhall. On the following play, Swensen moved the ball inside the five-yard line with a nice run. Then, Bingham gave the ball back to Brimhall, who punched the ball into the end zone for a Miner touchdown.

With Brimhall’s run, the Miners regained the advantage on the scoreboard at 14-10.

In the final seconds of the first half, the Titans trimmed the Miners’ lead to 14-13 with another field goal by Thompson, this time from 34 yards out.

Bingham went into the break with a one-point advantage.

Following halftime, both teams traded possessions before the Miners took the ball back on a turnover by the Titans.

With 5:49 left in the third quarter, Brimhall kept the ball and powered his way into the end zone for a Bingham touchdown.

After a successful two-point conversion run by Brimhall, Bingham extended its lead to 22-13.

Late in the quarter, Brimhall stretched Bingham’s lead with another rushing score. The rush gave the Miners a 29-13 lead with 5.2 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Despite the deficit, the Titans weren’t done.

With 10:25 to play in the fourth quarter, Syracuse found the end zone on a touchdown pass from Hopkins to Shaun Blanton. Unfortunately for the Titans, Hopkins was injured on the play and was unable to come in for the subsequent play. Following the touchdown, the Titans converted a two-point try on a trick play that ended with a reception by Blanton. Bingham owned a 29-21 lead with under 11 minutes left on the game clock.

Hopkins was able to return to the contest.

In the final minutes of action, the Titans faced a 4th & 12 deep in Miner territory. Bingham picked off Hopkins to prevent a potential game-tying score.

The Miners were able to run out the clock and secure the playoff win.

With the result, the Miners advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 6A postseason, and the season ended for the Titans. Bingham will play No. 1 seed American Fork Cavemen on November 3 at 6 p.m. (MDT).

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