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(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Bingham players take the field prior to the start of the 5A championship football game between Bingham and Brighton at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah Friday, November 22, 2013.
Prep football: Bingham taking on national No. 1 Bishop Gorman
Prep football » Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman tops USA Today rankings.
First Published Sep 04 2014 11:20 am • Last Updated Sep 04 2014 11:15 pm

When some Bingham High football fans heard the Miners were facing a team ranked No. 1 in the country, their reaction was that Utah’s defending 5A champion might not be up to the task.

But veteran Miners coach Dave Peck said his team is looking forward to playing five-time defending Nevada state champion Bishop Gorman on Friday night in Las Vegas.

At a glance

Football schedule

Thursday

» Highland 28,Northridge 6

Friday

All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted

» Summit at Layton Christian, 4 p.m.

» Monticello at Richfield, 6 p.m.

Alta at Timpview

Altamont at Milford

ALA at South Summit

Beaver at Parowan

Ben Lomond at Morgan

Bingham at Morgan

Box Elder at Bear River

Brighton at Granger

Cedar at Skyline

Clearfield at Layton

Cyprus at Copper Hills

Davis at Taylorsville

Delta at Emery

» Diamond Ranch at Whitehorse

East at Whitehorse

Enterprise at Millard

Fremont at Roy

Grand at North Sevier

Grantsville at Manti

Hillcrest at Murray

Hunter at Herriman

Hurricane at Herriman

Jordan at Pleasant Grove

» Kanab at Monument Valley

Kearns at Cottonwood

Lehi at Pine View

Logan at Bountiful, KJZZ

Minico (Idaho) at Sky View

» Mountain Crest at Syracuse

» North Sanpete at Maple Mountain

» North Summit at Gunnison

Ogden at Wasatch

Olympus at West Jordan

Orem at American Fork

Park City at Judge

Provo at Mountain View

Rich at West Side (Idaho)

Riverton at Dixie

Salem Hills at Juab

San Juan at South Sevier

» Snow Canyon at Juan Diego

Spanish Fork at Payson

Springville at Stansbury

Tooele at Canyon View

Uintah at Union

Weber at Bonneville

West at Lone Peak

» Westlake at Corner Canyon

» Woods Cross at Viewmont

» Bingham at Bishop Gorman (Nev.), 8 p.m.

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"My response is, ‘What a great opportunity for our program,’" Peck said as he prepared his players for a 6 a.m. bus ride to Nevada on Thursday morning. "This is a great opportunity for our kids to showcase what Utah football is like. Our kids are well-coached and well-prepared. We expect to play a good game."

That said, Peck is realistic enough to know that the Catholic school from southern Nevada will definitely challenge the Miners’ 16-game winning streak, currently the longest in Utah.

USA Today ranks the Gaels as the top high school football team in the U.S. Bishop Gorman is ranked third by PrepNation and eighth in the MaxPreps Excellent 25.

Bingham has been moving up in the national polls. The Miners are currently ranked 18th by USA Today, 23rd by PrepNation and 24th in the MaxPreps Excellent 25.

"Bishop Gorman averages 290 [pounds] along its front line," said Peck. "They are big and physical. They have a great team. We expect our kids to compete."

The Gaels switched quarterbacks last week in a 48-27 win over Servite, Calif. According to David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, sophomore Tate Martell replaced senior Danny Hong to jumpstart the Bishop Gorman offense.

There is no quarterback controversy at Bingham, where senior Kyle Gearig continues to rank among Utah’s elite signal-callers as he has led the Miners to relatively easy preseason victories over Davis and Herriman.

Peck called the Gaels’ stadium the nicest prep facility in the nation.


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"It looks like a small college," he said.

The veteran coach expects a number of Bingham supporters and Utah fans to be in the stands and said tickets were still on sale at Bingham High School.

Peck feels as though the long ride and the chance to play against a nationally-ranked foe provides many benefits to his team.

"We pride ourselves in running a class program, and this gives them a chance to showcase themselves," he said. "They are fine young men who represent Utah well. When the kids spend time together, they get closer and get to bond real quick. It’s us against them. The kids have to be ready to play the best game they have ever played if we expect to be in this game."

wharton@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribtomwharton



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