Fans gather to send off Farmington Scorpions football team

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Fans of the Farmington Scorpions football team stood along 20th Street on Nov. 19 to send off players to the state semifinals in Artesia.

The team will play the Artesia Bulldogs at 3 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the Class 5A state semifinals.

Scorpions fans Felicia Martinez and Georgine Kaye showed their support by holding homemade signs and decorating their vehicles with messages for the team.

Martinez said she will attend the game in Artesia to cheer for her son, offensive lineman SirRyan Sandoval.

Kaye waved the sign she made for her grandson, Jay Clark, who plays left guard, at passing vehicles.

Farmington Scorpions fan Georgine Kaye sends a message to the football team on Nov. 19. The team will face the Artesia Bulldogs in the Class 5A state semifinals on Nov. 20 in Artesia.

"I'm a spirited grandma. I just love it," Kaye said.

Meanwhile, Farmington students assembled in the parking lot on the south side of the high school as sounds from the school's drumline filled the air.

The two buses transporting the team were parked next to the Scorpion Fieldhouse.

Farmington Scorpions football players look at fans gathered on 20th Street in Farmington on Nov. 19. The team will face the Artesia Bulldogs on Nov. 20 in the Class 5A state semifinals in Artesia.

At 9:10 a.m., a unit from the Farmington Police Department turned on its sirens and started the procession.

Students cheered as the buses moved through the parking lot toward North Sunset Avenue. The noise continued as the buses traveled down 20th Street.

"It's a really cool event for the fans. It's what makes high school football really special around here and around the state," Scorpions football coach Jeff Dalton said about the send-off.

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"We're excited to represent the area and are very grateful to all our fans and families," he added.

The winner of the game between Farmington and Artesia will face the winner of the semifinal between Los Lunas and Goddard for the championship game on Nov. 27.

Farmington Scorpions fan Felicia Martinez starts to write a message of support to the football team on Nov. 19. The team will face the Artesia Bulldogs in the Class 5A state semifinals on Nov. 20 in Artesia.
Fans send off the Farmington Scorpions football team on Nov. 19 in Farmington. The team will travel to Artesia to face the Bulldogs on Nov. 20 in the Class 5A state semifinals.

Sports reporter Steve Bortstein contributed to this report.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at nsmith@daily-times.com.

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