Farmington Car­di­nals Re­mem­ber Grid­iron His­tory

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS WEEK - By Mark Humphrey

FARMINGTON — Farmington’s strug­gles to be­come more than merely com­pet­i­tive in the 5A West were set aside as the com­mu­nity gath­ered to com­mem­o­rate the end of foot­ball at Allen Hol­land Field.

Har­ri­son (10-0, 7-0 5A West) jumped out to a 35-0 half­time lead with Gabe Huskey scor­ing 4 touch­downs. Farmington (4-6. 2-5 5A West) got on the score­board when Reid Turner ran 85 yards for a touch­down in the third quar­ter.

Farmington foot­ball, cheer, and dance alumni were in­vited and many at­tended the game, in­clud­ing

Se­niors were hon­ored be­fore the game against 5A West foe, Har­ri­son, and spe­cial recog­ni­tion of past Farmington coaches was con­ducted be­tween first and sec­ond quar­ters that in­cluded: Allen Hol­land, his son Jay Hol­land, who served as head coach 1992-98; and Bryan Law, head foot­ball coach from 1999-2002, and now is school su­per­in­ten­dent; and cur­rent coach Mike Adams.

Alumni foot­ball play­ers, cheer­lead­ers and band mem­bers num­ber­ing in the hun­dreds were rec­og­nized dur­ing a half­time cer­e­mony after the band per­formed.

Clay­ton Williams, Farmington High School as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal who an­nounces Car­di­nal foot­ball games, pre­sented his­tor­i­cal facts about Farmington’s foot­ball game.

Ac­cord­ing to Williams, Farmington at­tempted to field a team in 1950. Williams de­scribed the 1950s and 1960s as “a tough time for Car­di­nal foot­ball,” be­fore things got turned around in the ’70s.

“The ’70s saw a rise to power of foot­ball might,” Williams said. “The decade saw an over­all record of 83 wins and 25 losses. The school earned two state ti­tles in the ‘B’ clas­si­fi­ca­tion in 1972 and 1973. The 1973 team ex­e­cuted Farmington’s only per­fect sea­son in school his­tory, and from 1972-1974, the teams rat­tled off a 34 con­sec­u­tive wins which still ranks 12th on the long­est con­sec­u­tive win streak in Arkansas foot­ball his­tory.”

Williams noted the 1974 team also be­came one of the first two high schools to play in Ra­zor­back Sta­dium when they played and de­feated Mur­phree­s­boro High School in the first round of the state tour­na­ment.

The se­nior walk was held after the game.


Har­ri­son 21 14 0 0 – 35 Farmington 0 0 6 0 – 6 FIRST QUAR­TER Har­ri­son – Gabe Huskey 6-yard run (Maxwell Payne kick), 10:30. Har­ri­son – Gabe Huskey 25-yard run (Maxwell Payne kick), 9:53. Har­ri­son – Gabe Huskey 4-yard run (Maxwell Payne kick), 3:52.


Har­ri­son – Gabe Huskey 80-yard pass from Ben John­son (Maxwell Payne kick), 10:17. Har­ri­son – Collin Bal­lard 25-yard pass from Ben John­son (Maxwell Payne kick), 8:02.


Farmington – Reid Turner 85-yard run (pass failed), 4:39.


Har­ri­son Farmington

To­tal plays 54 52

First downs 15 10

To­tal of­fense 411 252 Rushes-yards 36-183 27-156 Rush av­er­age 5.3 0.9

Pass­ing yards 228 96 Comp-Att-TD-Int 8-16-2-1 11-23-0-1 Third down 4-9 3-11 Fourth down 0-2 1-2

Fum­bles Lost 1 4

Turnovers 2 5

Penal­ties-Yards 1-5 2-30


RUSH­ING — Farmington, Reid Turner 14-113, Tony Mayo 4-13, Seth Swain 2-12, Di­mariae Dono­van 1-7, Drew Stur­geon 1-5, Rhett Rominger 1-4, Eric Hill 3-3, Sean O’Connell 1-(-1).

PASS­ING — Farmington, Seth Swain 8-1374-0-0, Eric Hill 3-10-22-0-1. RE­CEIV­ING — Farmington, Drew Stur­geon 6-71, Kolton Reeves 1-8, Kyle Welk­ley 1-7, Mar­qwaveon Wat­son 1-4, Di­mariae Dono­van 1-4, Ja­cob Free­man 1-2.


Farmington se­nior tail­back Reid Turner car­ries the ball against Har­ri­son. Turner scored Farmington’s only touch­down on an 85-yard run dur­ing the last game played at Allen Hol­land Field Fri­day. Har­ri­son won 35-6.

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