Farmington’s stifling defense was exposed for one of the few times this season Friday night. It couldn’t have come at a worse time.
The No. 9 Scorpions fell on the road to No. 8 Moriarty on Friday 45-20 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.
The Pintos (8-3) jumped out to an early 24-0 lead in the first half and cruised to a victory in the second half.
“We didn’t stop them very well on defense,” said FHS head coach Gary Bradley. “They didn’t complete a pass, but they ran it right up the middle on us. It was uncharacteristic of our defense. I am not too sure at this moment exactly what happened.”
After the Scorps (7-4) defense dominated most of their competition this season, Bradley said he wasn’t sure if the coaches had the guys lined up in the wrong places or what went wrong.
“Shoot, they had a big punt return to get good field position and everything kind of added up against us,” Bradley said.
Farmington junior quarterback Jacob Lucas threw for two touchdowns in the game while passing almost 30 times, Bradley said.
“He did a heck of a job all year,” Bradley said. “Kids stepped up all year for us. People thought we had lost too many good seniors last year and that we had to rebuild, but that is not what this team is about. We work year-round and because of that kids step up at every spot.”
The Scorps only started three seniors this season and will return the majority of the team in 2013.
“We had a bunch of sophomores and juniors playing who learned how to compete and get after it,” Bradley said. “I don’t know if we will have an edge next year, but we definitely have a lot to build on. Our kids have great attitudes and will never quit. They are hungry. We have tasted a lot of success and are real close to being a real good club. We made young mistakes this year, but we also played great football at times.”
With the win, Moriarty advanced to the state quarterfinals where the Pintos will face No. 1 Goddard next week.