Prep Football • Miners take awhile to warm up offensively, but defense pitches shutout
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The Bingham Miners didn't come out quite as sharp as they would have liked in the season opener at West Jordan, but they did enough to earn a 28-0 victory over the Jaguars.
The Bingham offense sputtered early on, but as they usually do, the Miners cleaned things up.
That clean-up effort came by way of back-up senior quarterback Jantzen Bowles.
After Bingham turned the ball over twice with starter Coleman Stout under center, Bowles entered the game and took control. On his first series, Bowles went 5-for-7 for 53 yards as he led the team on a 65-yard touchdown drive. From there, Bingham cruised.
"Originally, I was just going to go in for a play here and there," Bowles said. "Then, after we were struggling, they pointed to me and told me to go get it done. I'm always ready to get my game on."
After taking the 7-0 lead, the stiff Bingham defense forced a West Jordan fumble on the second play of the drive, which set up a second touchdown for the Miners.
While the Bingham offense took some time to warm up, the defense was in top form from the first whistle. Behind the play of Boise State-bound linebacker Durrant Miles, the Miners forced four turnovers and they did not allow West Jordan to enter the red zone until late in the fourth quarter.
"Our defense is so solid," Bowles said. "Tonight, the offense struggled, but the defense didn't. They always get us the ball back, we just have to punch it in."
Bingham coach Dave Peck is confident the offense will improve before next week. That's when the Miners take on Alta at Rice-Eccles Stadium, so they cannot afford another slow offensive start.
"It was kind of a sloppy game, but it was the first game," Peck said. "Bottom line, we are going to have to play a lot better next week, and I expect us to."
The Bingham defense forced four West Jordan turnovers and kept the Jaguars out of the red zone until late in the fourth quarter.
Back-up quarterback Jantzen Bowles came off the bench in the second quarter and led Bingham on a 65-yard touchdown drive.
Bingham running back Scott Nichols sealed the game for the Miners when he broke off a 34-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.