Prep football: Bingham’s win over Pleasant Grove gives it share of Region 3 title
With win over Pleasant Grove, Bingham earns piece of Region 3 championship.
Published: October 18, 2012 11:01AM
Updated: October 18, 2012 04:02PM
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Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune Bingham quarterback Jantzen Bowles runs the ball against Pleasant Grove in Pleasant Grove, Utah on October 17, 2012.

Pleasant Grove • Bingham’s defense delivered again and the Miners clinched a tie for the Region 4 title with a resounding 49-14 victory against Pleasant Grove on Friday.

The Miners shared the title with Lone Peak, but the Knights’ head-to-head victory gave them the region’s No. 1 seed. Still, Bingham won at least a share of a region title for the seventh time in eight years.

“This was huge,” defensive end Durrant Miles said. “Coach [Dave Peck] stressed it all week that this was like senior night and homecoming and everything. … It was the Game of the Night on KSL. I’m glad we came out here and got it done.”

Bingham (8-2, 4-1) held the host Vikings (6-4, 3-2) to just 72 yards in the second half and buckled down after two long pass plays from Michael Anderson to Skylar Munson tied the score at 14 early in the second quarter.

“We’ve got to carry this momentum into the state tournament,” Bingham quarterback Jantzen Bowles said. “We’ve got to keep this team believing that we can do it.”

Scott Nichols broke the tie with an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and the Miners never looked back. Tonga Manu found the end zone twice, on runs of 6 and 31 yards, and Bowles connected for TDs of 3 yards to Dalton Schultz and 14 yards to Hayden Weichers.

Bowles ended the evening 15 of 16 for 203 yards and one interception. Backup Coleman Stotu completed both of his passes — one for a touchdown of 9 yards to Landen Measom as Bingham moved the ball at will.

“Coach Lambert gives me a pep talk before the game, and he told me if I throw any incompletions, I’m done,” Bowles said. “But after every completion, he just said, ‘Good job, keep going.’ Our receivers get open and give me the confidence to throw it to them.”

The Miners will play the winner of a play-in game between Cottonwood, West Jordan and Brighton. Pleasant Grove, which finished third in the region, will open on the road against Jordan, the top team in the state.

Highlights

P Bingham quarterback Jantzen Bowles finishes 15 of 16 for 203 yards and one INT.

• Pleasant Grove is held to just 72 yards in the second half.