Football: Tigers trip up Red Wing, 21-14
Friday night's Missota Conference opener was plenty sloppy, but the Farmington football team will take it.
In a rain-filled game that featured nearly 20 penalties, five turnovers and three long snaps that sailed over the heads of punters, the Tigers overcame an early 14-point deficit to get in the win column with a 21-14 victory over Red Wing under the lights at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers took their first lead in the final four minutes. Sophomore quarterback Darren Beenken tied the game at 14-14 with a one-yard plunge across the goal line to cap a 42-yard drive, then sophomore back-up kicker Aaron Lozano gave the home team the one-point edge with an extra point through the raindrops with 3:17 left on the clock.
Another sophomore, Athen Ashton, ended Red Wing's ensuing drive with his first career interception, then senior running back CJ Record capped a career night with a gutsy 49-yard run on a fourth-and-one play from midfield that set up another Beenken one-yard score with 1:11 remaining. Record finished with 235 yards on the ground on 37 carries a week after the Tigers rushed for negative-11 yards in a 30-13 loss to Hudson.
It was that ground attack that enabled the Tigers to overcome a mistake-filled opening 12 minutes that left them in a 14-0 hole.
"We knew we had to be tougher and be better. We knew we had to do a lot of growing up and those mistakes made it a lot tougher on us," head coach Mark Froehling said. "But I like us being able to battle through it. There was some great improvement by a young football team. There's a lot of things we still have to improve on, but it's a step."
The only direction to go was up after a first quarter that featured two lost fumbles, two penalties on punt returns, a long snap out of the back of the end zone for a safety and a free kick out of bounds.
The Tigers got the ball back just over a minute into the second quarter and got back into the game with a 16-play, 82-yard drive that culminated in a Record three-yard touchdown run. The ensuing extra point went off the post, but a Red Wing running-into-the-kicker penalty set up a two-point conversion run by Record that made it 14-8 midway through the second.
The score stayed that way over the next 18 minutes thanks to a variety of miscues on both sides. Red Wing punted and kneeled out the clock in its final two possessions before the break, then had two snaps that got past the punter, a punt, an interception and a turnover on downs in its five second-half possessions.
Meanwhile, Farmington had a missed field goal, a fumble, an interception and a turnover on downs in the red zone before scoring touchdowns on its final two trips.
Notes: Red Wing rushed for 131 yards and passed for 93.... Farmington rushed for 277 and passed for 48.... Record and Blake Weinand led the team with six tackles. Tommy Korbein added five.... The Tigers beat Red Wing by a combined score of 204-27 in their previous five meetings.... Red Wing lost its previous 22 games before beating Austin last week.