What: Durango at Farmington
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Hutchison Stadium
FARMINGTON — Big plays powered Farmington High to a blowout against Miyamura.
The Scorpions remained unbeaten with a 47-14 win against the Patriots Friday night at Hutchison Stadium.
FHS (3-0) struck immediately when Kyle Reynolds ran back the opening kickoff 100 yards to give the Scorps a 7-0 lead.
"We work a lot on kickoff returns. My blockers were great. If anybody else was back there, they'd have scored, too," Reynolds said.
Following the Reynolds' special team touchdown, the Scorps offense struggled, going three-and-out on their opening two drives.
Miyamura drove down the field and was in position to score, but Austin Foutz blocked the Patriots' 34-yard field goal attempt.
The Scorps' offense woke up on the next play as running back Brian Farley ran 71 yards for a touchdown to give FHS a 13-0 lead 18 second into the second quarter.
"The blocking was phenomenal," said Farley, who ran for 129 yards on seven carries in the win. "Tyler Blades was my lead blocker on a couple big runs, and the line opened up some big holes for me. It's just team offense right there."
Miyamura (0-3) again put itself in scoring position, driving down to the Farmington 5-yard line, but again Foutz came up with a big defensive play.
The Scorp defensive back intercepted Patriots quarterback Josiah Shank and returned it 98 yards for the touchdown to give the Scorps a 20-0 lead.
"Just contributing to the team effort feels good. Hopefully, I can do it week in and week out," Foutz said.
Foutz scored for a second time just before the half on a 1-yard touchdown run as FHS took a 26-7 advantage into halftime.
The Patriots fought back at the start of the third quarter thanks to a 12-play, 47-yard drive capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Shank to cut the deficit to 26-14.
After that, it was all Scorps as FHS scored 21 unanswered points to close out the game, including two more touchdown runs by Farley and a 70-yard touchdown pass to Reynolds from quarterback Jacob Lucas.
The Scorps' ability to run and throw on offense impressed Miyamura head coach Wesley Shank as his team never found an answer for Farmington's big plays.
"They were more balanced. This is the best throwing team they've had in three or four years," he said. "When they were more one dimensional, it was easier to stop."
FHS head coach Gary Bradley loved the effort from his guys and hopes the team will continue to build on the progress they've made so far this season.
"It was a strange game, but, ultimately, the kids played really hard. They never slowed down. It was a good outcome and a good effort," Bradley said. "I think our defense played hard. That offense is tricky. It's tough to cover. They have good athletes and know what they're doing."
The Scorps held Josiah Shank to just 10-for-21 for 129 yards.
Adner Palma had a strong game running the football with 129 yards on 14 carries, but FHS was able to hold the Patriot running back out of the end zone.
Bradley knows the defense will be in for a bigger challenge next week as they host Durango on Thursday.
"Our defense is going to be tested with their spread offense. Durango has always got some good looking athletes," he said. "We'll keep things simple and play some fundamental football. It should be a good one."
Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.