Just when it appeared Bingham (Utah) had found a chink in Bishop Gorman’s armor Friday night, the Gaels responded in a big way.
Biaggio Ali Walsh raced 72 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter, and the Gaels rolled to a 38-20 win over the Miners in South Jordan, Utah.
Gorman (2-0) is ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today. Bingham (2-1) hadn’t allowed a point in either of its first two games.
“When you play in big games, there’s a bend-but-don’t-break kind of deal,” Bishop Gorman coach Kenny Sanchez told the Salt Lake Tribune. “At some point, we found the little inches we needed and it kind of sealed the deal for us.”
The Gaels built a 17-0 halftime lead before Bingham’s Matt Degn found Braydon Cosper on a 15-yard scoring pass to cut the lead to 17-6 with less than five minutes to play in the third quarter.
Ali Walsh’s touchdown run made it 24-6, and two plays after that run, Damuzhea Bolden returned an interception 75 yards for a score to bump the lead to 31-6 with 1:45 left in the third quarter.
The Miners trimmed the margin to 31-13 early in the fourth quarter, but Gorman quarterback Tate Martell scored on a 3-yard run to seal the win.
Martell hit Tyjon Lindsey with a 56-yard scoring pass, and Ali Walsh had a 15-yard run for a score in the second quarter for Gorman.
“I’m proud of the way they fought; [Bingham] was a good football team. To put up 38 points on that defense speaks volumes to the type of guys we have,” said Sanchez. “We’re young, we’re a little immature in some ways, but that was a good victory for us.”
Degn threw three TD passes to Cosper for Bingham.