Farmington head coach Gary Bradley was hoping to see his team mature on the road in a big test Friday night, and he got his wish.
The No. 12 Scorpions went into Albuqerque and defeated No. 7 St. Pius X 21-13 behind an outstanding defensive effort.
“The defense did a great job. They were on the field a lot of the time, and they played tough,” Bradley said. “Winning in Albuquerque is never easy. St. Pius is a very aggressive club, and this was a huge win in the middle of the season for us. We have a young team, but I don’t think we can be called young anymore. The team is growing up right before our eyes.”
Kyle Reynolds scored a on a 60-yard reception from quarterback Jacob Lucas in the game. Reynolds also had an interception on defense, one of the Scorps’ two interceptions on the night.
Lucas later scored on a quarterback sneak and Essiel Carrasco punched a run into the end zone for Farmington.
Bradley said Brian Farley had an outstanding game defensively and his secondary played great when St. Pius X tried to throw the ball deep after running most of the night.
Bradley called the win a big confidence booster for the team, especially after losing its previous road games at Miyamura and Durango.
“Now we know we can go on the road and play football and be OK,” Bradley said.
The Scorps face Bloomfield on the road next week before having a week off to prepare for the District 1-4A season.
“We won’t look past Bloomfield. They are always tough to play,” Bradley said. “They have some great athletes we can’t look past.”
St. Pius X travels to Aztec and Farmington to face Piedra Vista in consecutive weeks. Though Bradley was happy to see St. Pius X first and come away with a win, he doubts Aztec or PV will have any pressure now knowing Farmington has already beaten the Sartans.
“Aztec and PV are good and won’t feel any pressure because we won. We are a small dog in district this year, so we are just trying to do what we can do and that is all we care about,” Bradley said. “I don’t know what it does to the other teams, but Pius is a good team and we will see what they do.”