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On Thursday night, Lone Peak got a great effort from senior back-up quarterback Braden Miles, who came into the game with only 16 minutes remaining and was the catalyst in a 21-17 win over Bingham. Miles finished the night 14-for-16 with 167 yards and two touchdowns despite only playing a bit more than the fourth quarter.
Take a minute to appreciate Miles' situation: He started the first game of the year, but since then he's been the back-up for Baron Gajkowski, who moved into Lone Peak boundaries this year. Before that, he was the back-up for now-Utes player Chase Hansen, who also transferred into the school.
On Thursday, Gajkowski was showing some ill effects from a weeklong struggle with bronchitis, throwing four interceptions. After a hit that knocked the junior out of the game, Miles came in and was ready to go.
In his own words, the senior talks about mentally preparing for that moment and what it meant to him to be able to help his team win a big game.