by Brendan Butterfield
The Bingham Miners (7-2, 4-0) hosted the Riverton Silverwolves (6-3,3-1) on senior night, with a chance to take sole possession of the Region 3 title. Bingham has dominated on the ground throughout region play, and this game was no different. Bingham’s Dallen Martinez, Carson Sudbury, and Havea Fotu lead the way to their 42-21 victory.
The Miners jumped out to a 7-0 to start the game as Sudbury capped off an impressive long drive for a touchdown. On a big fourth and two, a jet sweep for Sudbury resulted in yet another touchdown as he took it 58 yards to the house to make it 14-0.
Riverton found their first score through the air as QB Jake Meyers found WR Sam Woolley for a 41-yard touchdown. Bingham took advantage of Riverton’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalties as they had started on the right side of the fifty with a minute to go in the first half.
Bingham executed perfectly once again, as they were able to punch it in just before the half via Fotu as they extended their lead to 21-7. Despite playing a pretty good first half, Riverton found themselves down two touchdowns.
Bingham’s offensive success continued in the second half, as the Miners continued to run all over Riverton. This time it was a Martinez bootleg, as he added to the lead.
Riverton struggled to find any offensive continuity coming out of the break. Back-to-back punts would hurt any chance they had at getting back in the game.
Bingham scored again on their next drive, in large part due to Fotu, as he had a huge run on a critical fourth down. Sudbury capped it off with another touchdown to extend the lead to 35-7.
Riverton was finally able to get some big plays on the following drive. Meyers found WR Logan Dunfield on an absolute dime on the run to make it 35-14.
Sudbury had an answer once again, as he capped off another gritty Bingham drive with a touchdown. Riverton had him stuffed, but a tremendous second effort gave Sudbury his fourth (yes, you read that right) touchdown of the game.
The Silverwolves were able to put together a solid drive, but it was too little too late. Meyers showed great heart, playing hobbled and practically on one leg. Despite not being one hundred percent, he was able to find Owen Barton on a nice back shoulder throw for a 8 yard touchdown.
Bingham took victory formation as they won this one 42-21 to clinch their 30th region title in school history, as they move to 8-2 (5-0). Riverton falls to 6-4 (3-2) and will look to regroup for the playoffs.
#3 Bingham clinches a first-round bye and will have a home match up against the winner of #14 Pleasant Grove and #19 Cyprus on October 28 at 6pm. #10 Riverton will host #23 Kearns on October 21 at 6pm.
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