SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – It was a closer game than the first time Bingham and East played, but it was the same result.
Three months after a 31-point blowout, the Miners capped an undefeated season with a 27-14 win over the Leopards to cap an undefeated season to win the first ever 6A state championship, it’s fourth state title in the last five years.
After East took an early 7-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Ben Ford, Bingham running back Braedon Wissler found the end zone twice in the first half, and the Miners defense did the rest.
Bingham took a 14-7 lead into the break, when Lolani Langi scooped up a fumble early in the third quarter and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown to give the Miners a 21-7 lead.
“I just saw the ball on the ground and I just picked it,” Langi said. “Everyone was just stopped like it was a dead ball, but I was like, no, I’m going to just take this one.”
Ryan Wood scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to blow it open, 27-7.
East, who lost starting running back Charlie Vincent to a leg injury in the first quarter, tried to mount a late comeback. Nick Harris threw a deflected touchdown pass to Josh Nielsen to make it 27-13. But Bingham’s Dax Milne picked off a pass late in the game to thwart the comeback attempt.
Bingham, ranked 9th in the nation, has now won back-to-back state championships, having won the 5A title last year.
“It means everything, really,” Wissler said. “We just want to go out and show everybody what we have, and show people what the people before us have done. I love these guys.”
“I’m just thinking about getting this one and what that means,” said head coach John Lambourne. “What that means to this year’s crop of kids. That’s what’s important to me and it’s always been that way for us.”
East gained more yards than Bingham, 277-181, but could not finish enough drives.