With Piedra Vista off to one of the best starts in school history and defending 4A state champion Aztec rounding into form, the District 1-4A calendars have Nov. 2 circled for when those two matchup in the game that could potentially decide the district title — and that's just the way Farmington wants it.

"We like it that way — being under the radar," said junior Austin Foutz. "It kind of gives us an edge."

After opening with two wins to start the season, a plethora of fumbles cost the Scorpions winnable games against Miyamura and Durango, and dropped their record to 2-2 on the season.

Since the losses, Farmington has rattled off three straight wins to conclude its non-district schedule, including a road upset over St. Pius X.

The Scorps will ride that momentum into their bye week as they get ready for the district opener in two weeks against the Tigers and, despite the wins, the players know they have a lot of work to prepare for Aztec.

"We had a lot of injuries, and it will allow us to rest up," said junior Kyle Reynolds. "It's definitely not an off week for us, though. It's a work week. We're going to work on fundamentals. We've been pretty good, but we can get stronger. Aztec's good, but we want to go to the playoffs."

Head coach Gary Bradley knows he has to keep his team poised and make sure they don't get too pumped up for the Aztec game in the coming weeks.


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"We just try to keep within ourselves and play one game at a time," Bradley said. "We're not going to make anything big of it, but we're also not going to make anything small of it."

For the Scorpions to continue their hot streak, ball security will be key. Farmington has dramatically cut down on its turnovers during its last three games, and Bradley said the team has made some changes in practice to limit their fumbles.

Bradley is playing his cards close to his chest on what those changes are, however.

"We'll just keep that our secret," he said.

Whatever the changes were, they have Farmington playing their best football of the season just when it matters the most.