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Draper • The Corner Canyon High School football team caused a little confusion Friday night against the Bingham Miners.
Late in the first quarter after already leading by two touchdowns, the Chargers found themselves in a position they haven’t been in all season: unable to get a first down in four plays and having to punt.
As Corner Canyon got in punt formation, people on the Chargers sideline wondered aloud whether it was the team’s first punt of the season. It was soon determined that it was, a fact that some members of the team joked about after the game.
“That’s a pride thing for sure,” senior wide receiver and four-star recruit Cody Hagen said. “We were mad. We wanted to go for it, but it is what it is. I guess we got to punt once.”
The Chargers had to punt again early into the second quarter. But neither one was indicative of how the game transpired. Corner Canyon (3-0) blew out Bingham, 35-7, to stretch its winning streak to 43 games.
Senior transfer quarterback and USC commit Devin Brown made four touchdown passes and ran one in himself. Senior wide receiver Jett Meine accounted for two of the touchdown receptions, while Hagen and Dylan Carlsen had one apiece.
Bingham (2-1) scored by the least amount of points of its season so far.
“It was a big challenge and they rose to it,” Chargers coach Eric Kjar said of the team’s defense. “It was huge.”
The Chargers got off to a scorching start in the first quarter, with Brown throwing touchdown passes of 80 and 96 yards. After that, however, Bingham settled in defensively and started giving Brown some problems by blitzing him. The secondary also played tighter on Corner Canyon’s receivers.
Bingham’s defense was able to force some second- and third-and-longs, and also sacked Brown on three separate occasions.
“Those situations get tough to handle,” Kjar said. “We have to stay out of those or else we won’t be very good on offense.”
In the second half, the Miners matched the Chargers in production as each team scored one touchdown in that time frame. For Bingham, its first and only touchdown of the night came in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run from senior quarterback Cody Lazenby, who had replaced junior first-string quarterback Dallen Martinez earlier.
“I was totally happy with the effort of our kids,” Miners coach Dave Peck said. “Our kids played extremely hard. … We never gave up, continued to grind.”
Corner Canyon plays Jordan at home next Friday.
Bingham plays Timpview at home next Friday.