5A football: Bingham overpowers Riverton to reach semis
South Jordan • Bingham football fans eventually got to see just about everything from the Miners' offense a scramble by quarterback Kyle Gearig that eventually resulted in a touchdown, a long hookup from Gearig to wide receiver Landon Measom and a 55-yard punt return by Measom that led to another short TD run.
But it all was set up by the running of Scott Nichols as Bingham routed Riverton 43-10 in a Class 5A quarterfinal Friday night.
Nichols burst through for a 72-yard touchdown run on the fourth play from scrimmage, had 194 yards rushing by halftime and ended up with 262 on the ground.
"You know what, Scott Nichols was named the Region 3 MVP, and I think you know how much talent's in Region 3," Bingham coach Dave Peck said. "That tells you a lot about him. Scottie will be the first to give all the credit to his lead blockers, O-line and everything else, but he's just a great kid."
Riverton managed to stay close through most of the first half.
After Nichols' initial scoring jaunt put the hosts up 7-0, the Silverwolves got a touchdown of their own when a Bingham pass went in and out of the arms of a receiver and into the hands of defensive back Cayden Jones, who ran 30 yards to tie the game.
The Miners went up 14-7 early in the second quarter when Gearig found Colton Livingston for a 13-yard TD pass. Riverton, however, kept the margin to less than a touchdown when Brady Slack booted a 19-yard field goal with four minutes left before intermission.
But Bingham moved 79 yards in 11 plays and took a 22-10 advantage right before halftime when Nichols stretched for a 1-yard run and backup quarterback Kade Jensen scored a 2-point conversion off a botched extra-point attempt.
"It's always a big game when you play your rivals," Gearig said. "They're right next door, five minutes away. Them coming to our home field, they're a great team, and I think we played really well."
Bingham will play Lone Peak in a state semifinal Friday.
"This is 30 years for me as a coach, and this group is turning into one of the top two or three teams I've ever coached when it comes to how they go about it," Peck said. "It's fun to go to practice. They're excited about what they do. I don't know what's going to happen the next two weeks, but I tell you what I'm going to miss these guys."
5A quarterfinals Bingham 43, Riverton 10
O Miners running back Scott Nichols runs for 262 yards.
• Bingham reaches the semifinals for the seventh time in eight years.