To say that Bingham (South Jordan) has been a dominant program against team from Utah would be an understatement. The Miners had won 36 consecutive games against in-state opponents and often in dominant fashion.
Lone Peak (Highland) ended that run Friday in the 5A state semifinals with a resounding 26-9 victory. Bingham was ranked No. 19 in the Super 25 and played much of the game without starting quarterback Matt Degns, who was injured in the first half.
Talmage Gunther threw three touchdowns to lead Lone Peak, which took a 20-3 halftime lead and didn’t look back. In the first half, Gunther threw for 144 yards and two TDs and ran for 79 yards and another score. His two touchdown were to Jackson McChesney for 73 and 62 yards.
Lone Peak’s lone points in the second half came on a TD pass to Jon Christensen in the third quarter.
Gunther finished with 248 yards through the air and 107 yards on the ground.
Bingham’s only touchdown on the day came early in the fourth quarter on a pass from backup QB Keaton Torre to Brayden Casper.
The Lone Peak defense got two interceptions from Nate Bennett and held Bingham to 2.7 yards per carry.
Lone Peak advances to the state final against Herriman.