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Football: Tigers fly by Wingers

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The Farmington football team scored 23 unanswered points in the second half to put away Red Wing 37-7 in the final Missota Conference meeting between the two teams Friday night in Red Wing.

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The final contest followed closely with the script that had been set over the last 10 years, with the Tigers winning nine of 10 games against the Class 4A school by an average score of 34.4-10.1. Starting next fall, Farmington will play almost exclusively against metro Class 6A schools in the South Suburban Conference.

It didn’t take the Tigers long to get loose after their final 33-mile bus ride to Red Wing on Friday. Jordan DeCroock snagged his fifth touchdown pass of the season from quarterback Tyler VanWinkle less than four minutes into the first quarter to make it 7-0.

A 15-yard toss from VanWinkle to Mac Bassett made it 14-0 in the second quarter, but Red Wing closed the half with a late touchdown to draw with seven at the break.

The Tigers got back in control with a sustained drive to open the second half. Running back Noah Kary, filling in for the injured Derek Klotter, gained 59 yards on the possession and Nick Buhta capped it off with a 12-yard touchdown run on his first career varsity carry.

Reid Taubenheim then split the uprights with a 32-yard field goal, making it 23-7 heading into the fourth quarter.

Just six seconds into the final quarter, VanWinkle found tight end CJ Wynings from 15 yards out for another touchdown.

VanWinkle finished 14 of 27 through the air for 121 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He connected with DeCroock and Bassett five times apiece and hit Wynings four times.

Kary carried 28 times and racked up 155 yards on the ground. Five other backs got carries late, including Spencer Kabran, who gained 31 yards and scored a touchdown from three yards out to cap off the scoring with 2:58 left.

The Tiger defense shut Red Wing out and allowed fewer than 100 total yards in the second half. They forced eight punts and a fumble, sacked the quarterback six times and gave up just 57 yards rushing on 30 attempts.

Senior linebacker Mason Auge led the team with nine tackles. Kevin Clifton had 6 ½ tackles and a sack and John LeBlond registered five tackles and 2 ½ sacks.

The Tigers (3-0) will try to stay tied atop the Missota Conference standings when they host New Prague for Homecoming tomorrow night at Tiger Stadium.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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