The Miners (2-0) committed three turnovers and 10 penalties many of which kept alive Herriman drives. Despite the mistakes, Bingham never relinquished the lead after overcoming an early 3-0 deficit in the first quarter.
In fact, Bingham had an answer every time Herriman rallied.
"When it looked like we were right on the verge of taking over, something would happen," Peck said about his team's miscues. "But we responded every time they came close. That's the senior leadership on this team."
With both teams combining for five turnovers in the first half, the game became a battle of field position. Bingham scored twice on one-play drives of 9 and 12 yards, while Herriman had a two-play, 3-yard scoring drive.
The Mustangs (1-1) came within 30-24 on Brandon Jensen's 3-yard run with just more than five minutes remaining in the game. However Gearig responded with Bingham's final scoring drive to seal the win.
Gearig, who rushed for 73 yards in the second half, scored on a 2-yard run and connected with Landen Measom on a pair of touchdown tosses.
"We love what we're seeing in him, and we love his leadership," Peck said about Gearig, a junior who only has one year of experience at quarterback. "He lacks experience, but this guy's going to end up being an all-state quarterback."
Though he threw two interceptions, Gearig became more of a running threat in the second half and started getting into a rhythm.
"It took a lot of mental focus to power through the mistakes we made," Gearig said. "We have to be willing to correct the mistakes we make. After we got up by two possessions, we put the game away. We knew it was going to be close."