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

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.

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.

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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