Bingham coach John Lambourne said he expected his players to come out with a little “extra fire” on Friday night against a Lone Peak team that bounced them from the 5A semifinals last year.
Surprisingly, they didn’t — for one quarter, that is.
Following the sluggish opening quarter, No. 1 Bingham dominated the rest of the way, racking up 405 yards of total offense on its way to the convincing 42-21 victory of No. 2 Lone Peak.
The two were instrumental in five game-changing plays that covered 49, 46, 37, 86 and 44 yards, and repeatedly broke the spirits of Lone Peak’s defense.
“We talked about it before the game: We’re going to face adversity, they’re obviously a great team. We came out there and a had a little adversity, and Coach just kept saying we have to come back strong, and we did and finished them off in the second half,” said Cosper, who said he’s been waiting for the Week 3 rematch with Lone Peak for a long time.
Bingham will now turn its attention to region play next week when it hosts fellow unbeaten West Jordan.
After a slow first quarter in which Bingham’s offense only picked up one first down, the Miners got things rolling in the second quarter.
Smith gave the Miners a 7-3 lead at the 9:32 mark of the second quarter on a nine-yard scamper after his 49-yard run earlier in the drive flipped the field.
After Bingham’s defense forced Lone Peak into a quick three and out, Smith scored again on a two-yard run on play after QB Matt Degn hit Cosper on a 47-yard screen pass up the left sideline.