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Shakopee plays role of spoiler in FHS football finale

Two weeks ago the Farmington girls soccer team had to share the Missota Conference title after losing on the road to Shakopee in its regular season finale.

The same thing happened to the Farmington football team last Wednesday night. The sixth-ranked (Class 5A) Tigers produced a season-low 186 yards and finished even with Chanhassen and Holy Angels at 5-2 in the league after a 35-7 loss to the Sabers.

The Sabers set the tone on the game's opening drive, chewing up 80 yards on 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Nine Shakopee ball-carriers combined to average six yards per carry, score four touchdowns and pile up 293 yards, the most the Farmington defense has surrendered all season.

Meanwhile, the Farmington offense produced just three first downs in a scoreless first half. Shakopee needed just six plays to score on its first drive of the second half to go up 21-0, and then traveled 45 yards on five plays to make it 28-0 by the end of the third quarter.

The Tigers finally got on the board in the fourth quarter on a six-yard touchdown run by Noah Kary. Derek Klotter led the way on the ground with 19 carries for 102 yards -- his second straight 100-yard effort since taking over for Athen Ashton -- and Kary carried eight times for 39 yards.

Quarterback Darren Beenken finished 7 of 15 for 52 yards and an interception. Tight end CJ Wynings hauled in four of those for 31 yards and Johnny Dittman added two for 15 yards.

Mason Auge once again led the Farmington defense with 8 1/2 tackles. Kevin Clifton and Nick Ruark each had 7 1/2, Eli Rockett chipped in 5 1/2 and John LeBlond had five tackles and a sack.

Shortly after the loss, the Tigers were given the No. 2 seed behind No. 1 Apple Valley in the Section 3AAAAA playoffs. They earned a first-round bye and will take on the winner of the first-round game between Minneapolis Southwest (7-1) and Bloomington Jefferson (0-8) Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. The semifinal winners meet Friday, Nov. 2, at the home of the higher seed.