Week 8: Tigers can't overcome cold first quarter against New PragueA personal foul on the opening kickoff and an interception on the first play from scrimmage foreshadowed a less-than-festive Senior Night for Farmington Wednesday night. The Tigers allowed 22 points in the first quarter as they capped off a 3-5 regular season with a 30-17 home loss to 1-6 New Prague at a chilly Tiger Stadium.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Live Blog: New Prague (1-6) at Farmington (3-4)
Missota Conference game Oct. 19 at Tiger Stadium
-Farmington got the ball first and turned it over on the first play from scrimmage. Quarterback Darren Beenken threw over the middle, but his receiver fell down and the ball sailed right to New Prague's safety.
-Three plays later, New Prague fullback Nathan Preston ran the ball in from 20 yards out. Quarterback Kyle Stepka added a two-point conversion with a keeper to the left. (8-0, 10:10 left in the first)
-The Tigers countered with a 72-yard touchdown drive. After Beenken converted a 3rd and 9 pass to Athen Ashton, Beenken ran the ball in from 31 yards out. Ashton added a two-point run. (8-8, 6:23)
-New Prague's Zach Shetka returned the ensuing kickoff to the 13. Four plays later, Dakota Cole ran the ball in from one yard out. (14-8, 4:14)
-After a defensive stop at midfield forced a Tiger punt, the Trojans started at their own 29 and needed just three plays to score. Preston ran up the middle for a 57-yard touchdown. (22-8, 0:39)
-The Trojans drove 54 yards to the Tiger 10, but were stopped on 4th and 1 with 5:11 left in the half.
-The Tiger pass rush got to New Prague's quarterback on the fourth play of the half and forced a fumble, which Ryan Schoening recovered at the 36. Beenken then went deep to Mac Bassett to move the ball to the 8, setting up an eight-yard lob to Dillon Jones in the right corner of the end zone. The extra point was blocked. (22-14, 9:09)
-The Tigers got a defensive stop and started at their own 36. Twelve-yard runs by Beenken and Ashton, followed by two long completions to Johnny Dittman and a pass to Bassett moved the ball to the five. An Ashton touchdown run was waived off after a holding penalty. Reid Taubenheim knocked down a 22-yard field goal. (22-17, 2:01)
-After a 63-yard punt by Taubenheim moved the ball back to the 21, New Prague regained momentum with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Luke Tietz. Tietz bobbled the over-the-shoulder toss, but regained control of it and pulled away for the score. Two-point conversion run good. (30-17, 9:22)
-The Tigers drove 41 yards on 11 plays, but four straight incomplete passes gave the ball back to New Prague at its own 39 with 6:18 left.
-Beenken completed two long passes to move the ball to the 30, but continued to get little time to throw, forcing him to make a desperation toss that was intercepted at the New Prague 10-yard line with 3:12 to go.