SALT LAKE CITY — Bingham’s running game, led by Braedon Wissler and Amoni Kaili, helped the nationally-ranked Miners win their second straight state championship, this time in the inaugural 6A classification, as they defeated nationally-ranked East 27-14 Friday afternoon at cold, wet Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Bingham started slowly on offense but picked up steam as the game went along, thanks in part to its rushing attack. The Miners carried the ball for just 14 total yards in the first half, but finished with 82 rushing yards. All three offensive touchdowns were on the ground, with Wissler scoring twice and quarterback Ryan Wood scoring on a 5-yard run.
“There’s some picking and choosing within the strategy and we just plug along and we plug here and we plug there until we start finding some things. Ultimately, you’ve got to be able to do it up front, and when our guys were able to that we were able to get some things put together,” Bingham High head coach John Lambourne said. “You go with what’s there and you put some responsibility on the shoulders of the kids instead of the coaches, and you let them shoulder that responsibility and come through, and that’s what I thought they did.”
Wissler ran nine times for 14 yards and added two first-half touchdowns before twisting his ankle. His biggest play was on a kickoff return with 3:53 left in the first quarter.
“We knew it was going to be a hard game and we were going to have to grind, and we knew it was going to be a hard, physical game,” Wissler said.
After the first East touchdown of the game, Wissler returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards and then ran it in from eight yards out for the Miners’ first touchdown of the game.
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