FARMINGTON — On a cold, windy night at Hutchison Stadium, the Farmington High defense shut down the St. Pius X to pick up the win on homecoming.
The Scorpions held the Sartans out of the end zone as they picked up a 21-0 victory on Friday night.
"Our defense definitely saved us tonight," said FHS head coach Gary Bradley. "They had a balanced offense, but our defense came through."
FHS (5-1) jumped on St. Pius (3-3) with an 8-play, 72-yard opening drive capped off by an 11-yard touchdown run by running back Brian Farley to give the Scorps a 7-0 lead less than three and a half minutes into the contest.
"Homecoming wins are always special. We wanted to win that game more than most others," Farley said. "Early in the game, it's always good to get momentum. We wanted to start off good and punch them in the mouth. Getting that touchdown felt great and was great for the team."
After forcing a punt on the Sartans opening drive, the FHS ground attack struck again with seven-consecutive running plays ending in a 1-yard sneak for the touchdown by quarterback Jacob Lucas.
From then on, the game turned into a defensive struggle as neither teams' offense was able to find any rhythm.
The Sartans' offense put together a few good drives and reached the red zone on four occasions, but, each time, St. Pius turned it over as the FHS defense forced four fumbles and two interceptions in the game.
FHS running back Austin Foutz finally put the game out of reach with a 39-yard touchdown with 7:27 left in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
"I'm just trying to contribute to the team," Foutz said. "I was in the right place at the right time, and the blocking was amazing on that play."
Foutz had a big game on both sides of the ball, running for 132 yards on 11 carries, while racking up numerous tackles on defense.
"He did a good job. He's somebody that does a bit of everything. He's a senior and a leader for us," Bradley said.
The FHS offense totalled 252 yards on the ground on 47 carries, compared to just 85 yards on 26 carries for the Sartans.
Penalties were the Scorps' lone issue in the game. Farmington had 10 miscues for 76 yards, and that is something Bradley wants to see cleaned up in the near future.
"It doesn't need to be something we're known for. It's discipline and the coaches have to come through for us there," he said. "We've got to fix that quick, because it's going to kill us. It's a disappointment we had some many penalties."
The Scorps will now prepare for a big matchup against former district rival Bloomfield, who moved 4-1 after picking up a homecoming win of its own on Friday against Miyamura.
"It's a rivalry, and we want to play each other. Bloomfield and Farmington should always play," Bradley said. "I don't care about 3A, 4A, anything like that. They're the same kind of kids we've got. They know how to play together, and they're a good team. We definitely respect them, and we'll bring the best that we've got."