Prep football: Bingham silences American Fork 33-0
South Jordan • One of American Fork's first offensive plays against Bingham on Friday was a halfback option pass that covered 65 yards.
The Cavemen finished with 98 yards.
It was that kind of night for the Miners defense, which forced eight consecutive punts, including seven straight three-and-outs, from the second quarter on in a 33-0 rout.
"It was just a couple of mental mistakes in the beginning, but then we got it figured out and locked it down," said Bingham's Durrant Miles, who helped the Miners defense record eight tackles for loss, six of which were sacks. "The game plan was to be aggressive, and I would say we were tonight."
The win helped the Miners pull into a four-way tie with Lone Peak, Pleasant Grove and Riverton atop the Region 4 standings at 2-1. Bingham (6-2 overall) was very impressive in recovering from a loss to Lone Peak.
"I was real curious to see how we came out," Bingham coach Dave Peck said. "I told them we could either come out like a wounded animal or with more spirit and energy than ever before. We played with a lot of energy, and it was a great atmosphere from the beginning. It was a great night to be a Miner."
American Fork drove to the Bingham 7 on its opening possession but came away empty when Tanner Lee missed a 24-yard field goal.
That was the only sniff of Miners territory the Cavemen (1-2, 3-5) would have in the game. American Fork only ran 35 offensive plays in the game.
Bingham, meanwhile, overcame a punt and interception on its first two possessions. Jantzen Bowles threw a pair of touchdown passes, Jaron Maxfield kicked a pair of field goals and the Miners gained 398 yards.
"I'm really proud of the way our guys stood in there," Peck said about his team's defensive effort. "I think this has a chance to be one of the best defenses we've had. They're buying into everything we ask them to do. I love the leadership we have and I'm excited about our upcoming games."
Maxfield kicked a 24-yard field goal, and Bowles connected with Hayden Weichers from 20 yards out to put Bingham ahead 10-0 at halftime.
Kalan Cantwell caught a touchdown pass in the second half, while Tonga Manu added a rushing touchdown. Landen Measom returned one of the many punts for another score.
With its offense clicking, Bingham's defense kept American Fork bottled up. The Cavemen actually finished with minus-13 yards rushing on 21 carries, the majority coming on sacks of quarterback Jacen Condie.
"We were just hungry," Miles said. "We're always going to be fighting for it. We'll out-hit and out-hustle other teams. Coach Peck knew exactly what was going on. He and the other coaches always get us so prepared for games."
Manu and Scott Nichols combined for 160 of Bingham's 263 yards rushing. Bowles threw for 110 yards and added another 38 on the ground.