FARMINGTON — No team in District 1-4A could gain even 100 yards against Farmington High School's defense in 2013.
That tough defense was on display again on Friday night at Hutchison Stadium when Farmington held crosstown rival to just 98 yards of total offense en route to a 21-6 victory. The win gave the No. 2 Scorpions (9-1 overall, 3-0 District 1-4A) their first district championship since 2001.
After winning the rivalry known as the Legacy Game, Farmington also earned the right to the milk can traveling trophy.
"All the hard work, all of what we have been fighting for the whole season, it is paying off," said FHS senior running back and linebacker Brian Farley. "We all put our heads together, and we really worked as a team. I think we can stop anybody."
Farley ran for 115 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in the win for Farmington. The Scorpions led 14-6 at halftime and dominated the entire second half.
"They make you grind yards out," PV head coach Jared Howell said of the Farmington defense. "We got out of rhythm and were in third and unmanageable distances, and we were forced to give them the ball back. It was just a tough, hard fought contest."
Piedra Vista (7-3, 2-1) could have won the district title with a win on Friday night, but it wasn't meant to be as the Scorpions dominated all facets of the game.
Piedra Vista scored the game's first touchdown when Beau Clafton intercepted a pass from Farmington quarterback Jacob Lucas. The Panthers led 6-0 after the score.
Lucas and Farmington head coach Gary Bradley didn't shy away from passing the rest of the game as Lucas finished 5-of-12 passing for 42 yards. He also threw a fourth-quarter touchdown to Xander Walker that gave FHS its 21-6 lead.
"My dad and I go through a lot of scenarios before each game. The one thing my dad has taught me is if you break it, you fix it," Lucas said of his father, Dr. Jason Lucas. "Mistakes happen in football. That is the way the games goes and that is the way life goes. You have to pick yourself up and do your best afterward."
Lucas picked up a lot of things throughout the game, including a fumbled shotgun snap that he recovered before running the ball 15 yards for Farmington's second touchdown of the game. It capped off a 10-play, 63-yards drive that ate up more than four minutes of game clock.
"The guys on the sideline are calling that the 'quarterback drop, recovery for a touchdown,' in our playbook now," Lucas joked. "It was tough to react, but I knew where the play was designed to go and where the hole was so I just hit it."
Piedra Vista didn't turn the ball over, but the Panthers picked up just six first downs all night. The Scorpions held Piedra Vista's most explosive player, Clafton, to zero yards on four carriers. Clafton also didn't catch a pass in the game.
"They stopped our run game. That's a physical defense with a big front," said PV quarterback Isaiah Valdez, who finished the game 1-of-10 passing for just 16 yards. "We knew coming in it would be a grind. We wanted it, but they got it."
Farmington ran the ball for 301 yards in the game, 50 yards more than the Scorpions' season average. It was a group effort behind Farley, with Lucas rushing for 75 yards, Tyler Blades running for 68 yards and Austin Foutz going for another 41 yards. The Scorpions' offensive line once against controlled the game and wore down the opposing defense every snap.
Friday's win marked Farmington's fifth consecutive in the two schools' 14-year rivalry. In that time, the Scorps have won eight games while the Panthers have won six.
It was also first district title for Bradley as the FHS head coach. His players happily delivered him his first district banner.
"He has done a great job and brought our team to the next level," Lucas said of his coach. "We are glad to have helped him achieve this great goal."
Farmington may earn as high as a No. 2 seed in the 4A state tournament. Brackets will be released at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Scorpions are a lock for a top-four seed and a bye in the first round.
"We are going to take it one game at a time. It is exciting getting in there and staying close to the top. We are going to keep working our way up," Farley said.
The loss likely puts Piedra Vista between a No. 8 and a No. 10 seed.
"You never know with the powers that be. I think we're a No. 8 seed," Howell said. "We had missed the playoffs four years in a row before going these last two years. We are a playoff caliber team. We're in the dance, and we can go on a roll. Us and Farmington could meet again, and that would be a great thing."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.