Lit­tle Things Spoil Po­ten­tial League Win

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS WEEK - MARK HUMPHREY IS A SPORTS RE­PORTER FOR THE EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

For vet­eran Farmington coach Mike Adams lit­tle things were the un­do­ing of a po­ten­tial con­fer­ence win in a game where the Car­di­nal pass­ing game per­formed ex­tremely well.

A 41-33 loss at Green­brier Fri­day dropped Farmington to 2-4 over­all, and 1-2 in the con­fer­ence. This was a game the Car­di­nals needed. Ev­ery Farmington com­ple­tion went for big yardage it seemed. Xavier Staten had 6 re­cep­tions for 150 yards and Drew Stur­geon gained 124 yards on 6 catches. Jared Oskey had 2 catches for 57 yards, Caleb Wil­liams 1 for 39 and tight end Ja­cob Gray 1 for 15.

Wil­liams car­ried 10 times for 40 yards and backup tail­back Reid Turner ran 6 times for 27 yards. Farmington ac­cu­mu­lated 475 yards of to­tal of­fense.

“They loaded the box to take away the run so we tried to take what they were giv­ing,” Adams said. “We rushed 20 times for 88 yards. (Quar­ter­back) Trey (Wag­gle) was 17 out of 24 for 391 yards and 3 touch­downs.”

De­fen­sively the Car­di­nals had prob­lems stop­ping Green­brier, which racked up 584 yards of to­tal of­fense. The Pan­thers rushed for 238 yards on 43 at­tempts led by Spencer Sut­ter­field, who gained 167 yards on 17 car­ries with 4 rush­ing touch­downs to pace Green­brier (3-3, 2-1 5A West).

“We tack­led very poorly and al­lowed them to con­vert seven third and long sit­u­a­tions and a cou­ple of fourth downs, as well. We also missed a cou­ple of ex­tra points and a short field goal try.”

Those missed op­por­tu­ni­ties led to 20 unan­swered points by the Pan­thers over a stretch that be­gan af­ter Farmington took a 21-14 lead in the third and con­tin­ued into the fourth and be­came the dif­fer­ence in the game. Green­brier quar­ter­back An­drew John­son com­pleted 29 of 33 passes for 331 yards and 2 touch­downs. Green­brier ran off 78 plays to 53 for the Car­di­nals and earned twice as many first downs (36-18). Green­brier was 8 of 15 on third down while Farmington con­verted just 2 of 10 third downs.

The con­test started out as a see-saw af­fair. Green­brier scored first on Spencer Sut­ter­field’s run. The next 13 points be­longed to Farmington be­gin­ning with Staten’s re­cep­tion of a 26-yard touch­down pass from Wag­gle. The P.A.T. kick knot­ted the score, at 7-7. In the sec­ond quar­ter, Farmington seized a 13-7 lead on Wag­gle’s 1-yard run. The con­ver­sion failed al­low­ing Green­brier to go back ahead, 14-13, at half­time when Sut­ter­field broke a 61-yard run and the Pan­ther kick was good.

The Car­di­nals re­gained the lead be­fore the third quar­ter was two min­utes old on Drew Stur­geon’s 6-yard run. A suc­cess­ful 2-point con­ver­sion put Farmington in front, 21-14, but they gave up a pair of touch­downs be­fore the quar­ter was over. Green­brier tied the game on a John­son 5-yard touch­down pass fol­lowed by the P.A.T. and went back in front when Reese Ham­mon­tree scored on an 84-yard pass from John­son.

Af­ter their sec­ond touch­down in the third, Green­brier at­tempted an

on­side kick, but the Car­di­nals were alert and re­cov­ered, tak­ing over at their own 44. A Car­di­nal drive stalled and they at­tempted a field goal which was no good.

The teams com­bined to put four touch­downs on the board in the fourth. Sut­ter­field’s 6-yard run was fol­lowed by a failed kick leav­ing the Car­di­nals trail­ing, 34-21. Farmington ral­lied with Stur­geon scor­ing on a 50-yard pass from Wag­gle to cap a 73-yard drive. A 2-point con­ver­sion run failed, but the Car­di­nals had closed to within, 34-27.

Green­brier’s fi­nal touch­down came on Sut­ter­field’s 26-yard carry putting the game out of reach. Al­though Farmington again cut into the lead on a 70-yard touch­down pass from Wag­gle to Staten, they could not re­cover an on­side kick.

This week the Car­di­nals try to stay alive in a play­off quest with a home stand against Vilo­nia. Kick­off is 7 p.m. Fri­day at Allen Hol­land Field.

Mark Humphrey Game Jour­nal

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