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Tigers fall short in homecoming comeback, lose to Burnsville 35-27

Junior Zach O'Brien makes the tackle against Lakeville North earlier in the season. Farmington fell on homecoming to Burnsville 35-27. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia

The Farmington Tigers’ came back from 21 points down in the rain and storms Friday, Oct. 6, during homecoming, but lost to Burnsville 35-27. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Buchert passed for almost 300 yards and three touchdowns in the comeback effort, but the loss drops Farmington to 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the Metro South sub-district.

The Tigers fell behind 13-0 after the first quarter but were able to get on the board after a 11-yard touchdown pass to junior Adam Weed to cut the Blaze’s lead to 13-7. However, Burnsville answered with a long touchdown run and two-point conversion to go into halftime leading farmington 21-7.

The only scoring in the third quarter was a punt return for a touchdown by Burnsville who led 28-7 going into the fourth quarter. However, then the Tigers mounted a comeback. Buchert threw two touchdown passes to junior Alijah Moe (26 yards) and senior Brock Mogensen (27 yards) to trail the Blaze 28-20 after a failed extra point attempt. Burnsville answered the run with a 78-yard touchdown run to extend their lead to 15, 35-20. Farmington closed it to 35-27 on a Moe fumble recovered for a touchdown but that was the final.

Buchert, while just 17-for-44 passing, threw for 273 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Moe led the team in receiving with three catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, while senior wide receiver Caden Freetly pulled in five receptions for 45 yards. Weed caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown and Mogensen had his lone touchdown reception.

With the Tigers falling behind quickly, the running game was never given the opportunity to get going and Farmington rushed 18 times for only 12 yards. Mogensen and junior Jordan Schultz led the defense with five tackles each, while senior Colton Ralidak had four tackles.

Farmington hosts Eastview in their third-straight home game next Friday, Oct. 13. They then travel to Lakeville South on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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