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Week 5: Sixth-ranked Tigers hang on, 27-23

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Week 5: Sixth-ranked Tigers hang on, 27-23
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The sixth-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington football team hung on for a 27-23 victory in Friday's Homecoming game at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers (4-0) led by as many as 10 points on Athen Ashton's 17-yard touchdown run on a draw play early in the second quarter before the Hawks answered with two straight touchdown drives. With the score 20-20, the Tigers drove 85 yards on nine plays in the final 2:13 of the half to take a 27-20 lead on a 25-yard heave from quarterback Darren Beenken to Mac Bassett in the back of the end zone with 18.5 seconds remaining.

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Ashton also scored on a 24-yard touchdown run and Reid Taubenheim added a pair of field goals from 25 and 41 yards.

The defenses settled in after the break, with the only points coming on a Chaska field goal. The Hawks got the ball back and drove inside the 20-yard line in the final minute, but after a holding call set up a fourth and long, the Tigers' defensive pressure forced an errant pass that was intercepted by Homecoming King Alex Chadwick.

Check out next week's print edition for the full story.

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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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