Miner Football Team Goes Back on Top

Giancarlo Diotaiuti and Jessie Melton

state-champsOn November 18th, the Bingham Miners football team took home the state championship trophy with a score of 17-10, beating the Lone Peak Knights and completing their famed “Revenge Tour”. This championship is Bingham’s third in the past four years.

The game started off slow for the Miners. After several stopped drives and a few unfortunate turnovers, Bingham was down 10-0 with only a few minutes left  in the first quarter. Kade Lever, a senior and starting kicker had missed a field goal early on in the game, the offense had not been able to convert their plays into a scoring, and the defense was struggling to stop what seemed to be a strong Lone Peak offense. Going into the second quarter Bingham was able to keep Lone Peak from scoring again, but the offense was still struggling to score.

Slowly but surely the momentum of the game started to shift. Matt Degn, Bingham’s starting quarterback shot a touchdown pass to Brayden Cosper, right before halftime, finally putting Bingham up on the board and then the extra point from Lever.  From that moment on out Bingham started to play like the state champion material team that we have seen all year. Kade Lever, when asked about what happened in his mind after he missed his first field goal in order to come out and kick accurately for the rest of the game said, that the new field can be hard to play on but that  “Each kick is a new kick, we just adjusted and got it fixed”. That seemed to be the mentality of the whole team. According to an article published in the Deseret News Matt Degn said, “We swung the momentum; it got us going at the half and feeling good about the game, and we were able to come out in the second half and do our job”. Bingham Student Body President, Tyler Beckman also had something to say about the game, at the half he seemed excited and confident that the game would be turned around in favor for the miners.

With another touchdown, two interceptions, and a field goal in the second half Bingham was able to seal the victory. Capping off their season with a perfect undefeated record and finishing off their so called “Revenge Tour” on top. For most seniors players this was a very emotional night where they were able to see this seasons year of hard work and dedication to football pay off and walk away from their final night of playing for the Miners football team with the 2016 5A state championship.

After a police escort of the team back to Bingham High School, the Bingham student body gathered around the team as they lit the “B” outside of the school and did one last performance of the team’s famous Hakka. This win for the seniors was oh so sweet, especially after such a devastating loss in the semi final game against Lone Peak in 2015. Lot’s a cheering and happy tears on Bingham’s campus that night.

What a great day to be a Miner.