Bingham’s Parker Gurr (5) hurdles agains Timpview’s Elijah Allen (2) during a high school football game at Bingham High School in South Jordan on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Yukai Peng, Deseret News

High school football: Bingham overcomes a whirlwind of adversity to score an emotional 31-21 win over Timpview

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SOUTH JORDAN — Most football games rarely give a glimpse into everything that goes into it, with Bingham’s 31-21 win over Timpview on Thursday providing a notable example.

The Miners fought through some adversity in the game to warrant the win, although nothing that occurred during the 48 minutes of game time can match the adversity faced and overcome over the past six months.

“It seems like every week it’s been something else, on top of another thing,” said Bingham coach Dave Peck. “… A lot of it has been COVID related, but there’s been a lot of other things.”

As for fighting through the COVID-19 pandemic repercussions, a stark reminder of how sharply the virus can affect people’s lives is unfortunately right in front of Bingham standout lineman LJ Tufele, and subsequently for the entire Miner team. Tufele, whose older brother, Jay Tufele plays for USC, has an older sister who is currently hospitalized and on life support, according to Peck, due to contracting the COVID-19 virus.

“COVID doesn’t seem real until you know someone dying from it. Then it becomes real,” Peck said.

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