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Week 1: Farmington at Gallup, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.


Week 2: Farmington at Los Alamos, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.


Week 3: Miyamura at Farmington, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.


Week 4: Durango at Farmington, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

 

FARMINGTON  Two days after the Farmington High football team took cover from a drive-by shooting, the Scorpions were back on the field focusing on football.

Farmington hosted Los Lunas in a scrimmage on Friday night at Hutchison Stadium. Los Lunas, the state runner-up from a season ago, boasted a well-rounded offense and athletic defense that kept the Scorpions out of the end zone the entire evening.

"It was a good scrimmage for us. We are just happy to be hitting someone else besides each other," said Los Lunas' first-year head coach Duane Toliver, who replaced Jeremy Newton on the Tigers' sideline.

Los Lunas scored four offensive touchdowns -- three passing and one rushing -- without the services of star senior running back Jalen Chavez. The Tigers also intercepted Farmington's starting quarterback Jacob Lucas on consecutive plays as senior free safety Randy Moore returned both for touchdowns.

"The speed of the game got to us a lot," said Farmington High head coach Gary Bradley. "We didn't necessarily respond to that so well. I guarantee it will make us better."

Bradley was pleased with his team's enthusiasm but said they need to focus on the details of the game more closely.

"It comes down to fundamentals. I am not worried about our attitude, work ethic or ability, but our fundamentals definitely were lacking," he said.

Farmington High quarterback Jacob Lucas throws a pass during a scrimmage against Los Lunas on Friday at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington.
Farmington High quarterback Jacob Lucas throws a pass during a scrimmage against Los Lunas on Friday at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

For Lucas, Farmington's senior quarterback, the focus of Friday night's scrimmage was to grow closer to the team.

"It is a great learning opportunity and a great time to build the team," Lucas said. "It is a great time to unify and get the preseason jitters out."

Bradley said Los Lunas should be a top-four team in the state in the 4A classification again this year.

"I always like scrimmaging Los Lunas. They had a great year last year and have a lot of returners," Bradley said. "They have confidence and some damn good athletes."

Toliver hopes he can build on the successes Newton had with the program beginning in Week 1 when the Tigers host Aztec High.

"I inherited a great program, and I am happy for that," Toliver said. "I hope to live up to expectations."

Farmington High has two weeks to prepare for its season opener against Gallup.

The Scorpions had a good showing from their fans on Friday night. Even the band showed up to support their team.

"It is great having the support of the fans. It sure helps the team. When you feel that support, you feel important and you play better. They are like a family to us," Lucas said.

Bradley agreed.

"This is a great community," he said. "That was a good little crowd we had for just a scrimmage. How many bands come out to a scrimmage? It goes to show we are looking forward to a great football season in this town."

John Livingston can be reached at jlivingston@daily-times.com; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.