SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – A year ago Bishop Gorman needed overtime and fumble-forcing sack by Notre Dame-bound safety Nicco Fertitta to pull out a hard-fought 23-20 victory over the Bingham Miners.
But the Gaels (2-0) scored an early knockout in the rematch on Friday night here, building a 31-6 third quarter lead en route to a 38-20 victory over the two time defending Utah state 5-A champions who lost at home for just the third time since 2006.
Bishop Gorman built a 17-0 halftime lead behind a 56-yard touchdown pass between the five-star combo of Tate Martell and Tyjon Lindsey, a 15-yard touchdown run by junior Biaggio Ali Walsh and a 21-yard field goal by Derek Ng.
After Bingham (2-1), which had shut out both of its previous opponents, cut the deficit to 17-6 on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Matt Degn to Brayden Cosper, Gorman pulled away thanks to 72-yard touchdown run by Walsh followed two plays later by a 75-yard interception return by standout junior safety Bubba Bolden. The Texas A&M-bound Martell later capped the scoring for the Gaels with a 3-yard touchdown run.
The Gaels hit the road again next week when they face Seattle-area power Bellevue High (0-0) on Friday night in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN at 7 p.m.