Farmington’s defense has yet to give up a point this year. The team’s 2-0 start to the season is rooted in discipline and trust, said Scorpions head coach Gary Bradley.
“We were tested tonight. They moved the ball on us and they run a good offense,” Bradley said. “The bend-but-don’t-break philosophy came through.”
The Hilltoppers converted four first downs on a 48-yard drive on the opening series before turning the ball over on downs on the Farmington 28-yard line.
On the next play, Farmington halfback Essiel Carrasco ran untouched, straight up the middle for a 72-yard touchdown on Farmington’s first offensive play of the night.
“These guys are young and you are not sure how they are going to react to a little bit of adversity and tonight they showed some maturity,” Bradley said. “They didn’t get frustrated and start trying to handle things themselves. They stayed disciplined and they trusted each other.”
Farmington’s offensive line pushed Los Alamos out of the way all night.
Carrasco finished the night with 15 carries for 225 yards and two touchdowns.
Full back Brian Farley carried the ball nine times for 61 yards and a 32-yard touchdown.
“It’s always exciting getting a good run but I’m just glad we got the line giving us the holes,” Farley said. “As fullback, my holes are small, but they are always there for me.”
Carrasco, who plays both sides of the ball, said the defense’s discipline is the strongest aspect of the team right now.
“On defense, everyone is staying in their lanes. We’re trusting that this guy’s going to get the quarterback, this guys going to the running back and this guys going to get the pitch,” Carrasco said. “But we have to rely on both sides. If you don’t score you can’t win.”
After a lengthy first drive that yielded zero points, Los Alamos didn’t get the ball back into Farmington territory until late in the fourth quarter.
“Those guys are an extremely physical ball team. They come to the ball fast and they hit you. I don’t think we came out ready to match their intensity,” Garrett Williams, the Los Alamos coach, said. “I think intensity was a big factor tonight.”
Farmington quarterback Jacob Lucas got to use his arm in a clutch situation for the first time since taking the starting position over for Daniel Lacey, who graduated in May.
With a 7-0 lead, one timeout and less than two minutes to play in the first half, Lucas orchestrated a hurried touchdown drive.
He completed two first-down passes on the sidelines to Chris Jiron and then hit Xander Walker for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 30 seconds to play in the half.
Lucas finished the game 3-5 with 37 yards and a touchdown and seven carries for 20 yards.