Farmington finds going tough in semifinal loss to Artesia
FARMINGTON – The Farmington football team's offense had been making mincemeat out of its foes since early October, but the team's fortunes ran out in today's 47-22 5A state semifinals loss to Artesia.
"It's really tough and heartbreaking," senior running back Johnny Shuttleworth said. (The outcome is) a lot more difficult to deal with, based on how we've been doing. (Artesia) got in our heads a little too much, and we just allowed them to beat us mentally."
FHS ran all over teams with quick, simple plays and was prolonging drives that way during the previous six games, averaging 50.8 points per game during that stretch.
But today, the Scorpions struggled to get things going. Passes typically were too high or too low, or broken up. The running backs didn't muster much of anything up the middle and down the sidelines.
"We were wanting to get the ball out there, like now, instead of waiting for the right time," Shuttleworth said.
Senior quarterback Isaiah Jaramillo scrambled all around the backfield, trying to stay on his feet and move the offense forward. But he was repeatedly swarmed by Artesia's defensive front and forced some ill-advised throws.
"It's hard for a quarterback to get rid of the ball or have time to throw the ball when you've got pressure on you like that," junior wide receiver Juan Medrano said.
It was certainly a contrast to the previous six games, when Jaramillo had plenty of time and space to throw the ball or make that extra run to an open gap.
"We overthrew some people, we dropped some balls, we missed some blocks. They just happened at the wrong time today," Jaramillo said. "We didn't play the best we could, clearly. We could've capitalized on those (chances). I think we let the pressure get to us a little bit."
Given their recent big numbers on the scoreboard, it was hard for the Scorpions to deal with what was happening on the field.
"To only put 22 on the board, it was really, really rough. We had the ball in the air, receivers in the spot. There's just no explanation for that," Medrano said.
Farmington and Artesia squared off in Saturday's 5A state semifinals at Hutchison Stadium. Matt Hollinshead/The Daily Times
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