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Football: Tigers drop fourth straight

Farmington’s inability to extend drives proved costly in a 21-14 loss to Shakopee in last Wednesday’s regular season finale at Tiger Stadium.

The Tiger offense stalled deep in Shakopee territory three times in the second half, including at the 22-yard line with under a minute remaining. In all, the Tigers turned the ball over on downs four times in their fourth straight Missota Conference loss.

A 4-4 regular season earned Farmington the No. 8 seed and a matchup against top-seeded and fourth-ranked Rosemount, which captured the South Suburban Conference title with its seventh straight victory last week against fifth-ranked Lakeville North.

Shakopee got on the board first last Wednesday, scoring seven plays after Tyler VanWinkle’s interception on the first play of the game to go up 7-0. The Tigers answered with a 15-play, 81-yard drive of their own, which ended in VanWinkle’s 13-yard scoring strike to running back Derek Klotter. The drive was extended thanks to Mason Gaylord’s first-down run on a fake punt.

The Sabers (5-3) responded with another sustained drive and took the lead back on another short touchdown run by tailback Sean Surbaugh a minute into the second quarter. Surbaugh finished with 118 rushing yards.

Just before halftime, the Tigers evened the score back up thanks to another VanWinkle touchdown toss, this time to tight end CJ Wynings from five yards out.

The score stayed 14-14 until the 3:52 mark of the third quarter when Surbaugh broke free for a 41-yard touchdown run, his third of the game. The Sabers outgained the Tigers 257-85 on the ground, with Klotter pacing the home team with 49 yards on 18 carries.

VanWinkle completed 17 of 25 passes for 145 yards. Mac Bassett hauled in five balls for 55 yards and Wynings added five for 25.

Kevin Clifton led the Tiger defense with 8 ½ tackles. Kade Kearney added five and Eli Rockett 4 ½.