FARMINGTON — One year before Jacob Lucas connected with Kyle Reynolds for the game-winning touchdown pass of Saturday's state championship game, the two boys were rehearsing for that exact moment.
Farmington's senior quarterback Lucas hit senior wide receiver Reynolds on a 10-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter for the game's first score. It would stand as the winning touchdown as No. 2 Farmington defeated No. 1 Goddard 7-0 in front of a standing room only crowd at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington.
When Goddard was busy playing Los Lunas for the 2012 state championship, Reynolds called Lucas and asked if he wanted to throw the ball around at Hutchison.
While Lucas was throwing balls and Reynolds was running routes, the two boys had a premonition they would hook up for the winning touchdown in the 2013 state championship game.
"We were bummed about losing to Moriarty in the first round, but we knew senior year was going to be a special season," Reynolds said in reference to the 2012 season. "Me and Jacob had that feeling it would be a passing touchdown to win the title if we made it there. We predicted it."
Jacob Lucas' father, Jason Lucas, recalled that moment vividly after Saturday's game.
"They were out there last year on the day of the 4A state championship game throwing the ball around here at the Hutch. Kyle told Jacob he wanted to catch the state championship winning touchdown here their senior year, and it happened," Jason Lucas said.
The two boys spent countless hours throwing the ball around, even after practices ended. All that work resulted in a state championship the city of Farmington won't soon forget.
"The day after losing to Moriarty, Kyle called me and said, 'Let's get our connection down. Let's win state next year. Let's work the whole year and let's get there,'" Jacob Lucas said.
When Farmington High head coach Gary Bradley called the pass play during the break between the third and fourth quarters, Jacob Lucas knew they had the winning play because the two boys had run it hundreds of times.
"I knew Kyle had it in him. I knew it. I trusted him. I just laid it up there for him, and he caught it," Jacob Lucas said. "We have done that a million times in practice. In the heat of the moment, you don't want to worry about the play. You just want to react. I have already won that moment and had that a thousand times with that kid already."
Jacob Lucas said he never doubted the Scorpions' chances of reaching the title game. The moment he and Reynolds shared will be etched in both boys' minds for years.
"I love that connection we have and that trust. It is amazing," Jacob Lucas said. "We actually really did envision this. We believed it, but we had to work for it."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.