We Run the 6A

On November 17, Bingham High School Football won their 500th game, their 12th game of the regular season, their second straight State title, and the first ever 6A Utah State Championship.

Fans gathered in Rice Eccles Stadium to cheer their teams on to victory, and although East High proved they could hold their own in a new classification, the Bingham Miners showed everyone once and for all who the best team in Utah is, and who really runs the 6A.

The game seemed off to a rough start with two Bingham turnovers and a Leopard touchdown within the first eight minutes of the first quarter. Following East’s touchdown, the Miners huddled on their sideline where they were given some important advice from their offensive coach: “Don’t let the game pass you by.” Bingham took the phrase to heart and ran the kickoff from East straight to the Leopards’ 21-yard line, talking only a little over a minute to score a touchdown and the extra point. The first quarter ended in a tied game 7-7, with Bingham in possession of the ball.

The second quarter was a competition of defenses, containing a turnover from Bingham, two from East, and a punt from both teams. Neither team had managed to put the ball in the end zone for the first ten minutes of the second quarter. With one minute to go, the East Leopards stood at their own 14-yard line, and punted to Bingham, placing the ball on their 35. Wide receiver Brayden Cosper caught a pass from quarterback Ryan Wood and ran the ball from the 20-yard line to the five. With under one minute left in the first half, running back Braedon Wissler rushed a five-yard touchdown. The extra point was good, and Bingham left the field at halftime with a score of 14-7.

Bingham kicked off to East at the start of the third quarter and the Leopards kept possession of the ball for the first five minutes of the quarter. With eight minutes to go and the ball on East’s 49-yard line, defensive lineman Lolani Langi picked up a fumble from East and ran 47 yards untouched for a Miner touchdown. The PAT was good, and the score stood at 21-7 for the rest of the third quarter.

11 minutes left in the championship game and the Bingham Miners had possession of the ball on East’s five-yard line. Bingham rushed a touchdown and with an incomplete PAT, the score reached 27-7. After the Miners’ kick off, the Leopards were able to move to Bingham’s 22-yard line and score a touchdown with a 21-yard pass to East’s Josh Nielsen. The PAT put the score to 27-14.

Even with a 13 point score deficit in the fourth quarter, the Leopards continued to put up a fight. The Miners had a turnover on East’s 18-yard line with two minutes to go,  but Bingham closed the game by gaining possession with thirty seconds left in the game, and the players stormed the field in victory.

“It’s indescribable, it’s amazing,” quarterback Ryan Wood said about Bingham completing its undefeated season. The Miners never let the game pass them by. Bingham players took no prisoners and fought every second of the game till they could call themselves the 6A State Champs. Thanks to the hard work of Bingham Football players and coaches, the Miner Student Section’s cheer from the first game against East this season was finally a fact. “Who runs the 6A? We run the 6A.”