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Football: Tigers prepare for Mayo with scrimmage

The Farmington football team experienced varying degrees of success at Saturday's three-team scrimmage at Lakeville North.

More specifically, the Tigers experienced quite a bit of success when matched up against Armstrong, a team that went 3-6 in the Northwest Suburban Conference last fall, and not as much when paired up with the host Panthers, who were 10-0 before falling in the Class 5A state semifinals.

"Against Armstrong we moved the ball well, scored several touchdowns on the 40-yard field and were able to move the ball passing and running. Our execution was good offensively," veteran Farmington coach Mark Froehling said. "Against Lakeville North, their defense is one of the toughest we'll face all year and one of the top in Class 6A football, so we had a difficult time stopping their rush."

The Tigers' first-team defense also faced a tough challenge going against Lakeville North's first-team offense.

"We've got a couple people moving around to different positions, so they're learning as they're going. It was good for us to go through that development against them," Froehling said. "Our aggressiveness improved as we went through the scrimmage and we got better. They're still getting used to the movement and communication in more game-like situations."

Froehling said the team has made progress on both sides of the ball since scrimmaging several teams at the Augustana College camp in late June.

"We've shown good improvement over the last several weeks," he said. "We're on track with the installation of our offense and defense."

The Tigers will see just how ready they are tomorrow night when they host Rochester Mayo for a regular season opener at Tiger Stadium. The Spartans overcame a three-touchdown deficit to defeat the Tigers 35-28 in Week 1 last fall.

"I think we understand we have the ability to play well against that football team. We're going to have to play well and be ready to execute well," Froehling said. "They're going to provide a tough challenge for us, but we know they're a team we need to be able to compete with."