Farmington Cardinals Remember Gridiron History
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 35, FARMINGTON 6
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.
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.