Scorps beat up on Belen 56-28 in home opener

Karl Schneider The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The Farmington football team put together a complete game Friday night, beating up on the Belen Eagles for a 56-28 victory at Hutchison Stadium.

"It felt great. Last year, Belen was the first team to beat us since 2012, then they beat us again in the playoffs, so it felt really good all night to be up on them and getting that revenge," Farmington wide receiver Diego Elebario said.

The difference in the game was the FHS defense, which recovered four Belen fumbles and held the Eagles (0-3) on a fourth-and-goal play from the 5-yard line.

"The defense was on the fire tonight and did a really good job, and we were fortunate enough to cause some turnovers and those turnovers were the difference in the score," FHS head coach Jeff Dalton said.

The Scorps (3-0) found the end zone on their first possession, mixing up the play calling with runs and passes. The opening 83-yard drive was capped by sophomore quarterback Kody Becenti finding Cruz Dubick for a 6-yard touchdown to put the Scorps up 7-0 with 3:40 left in the opening quarter.

On Belen's ensuing possession, quarterback Zach Halterman kept it on the option and broke a long run to the FHS 3-yard line. But on the next play, the Scorps forced a fumble, and Diego Elebario scooped up the ball and returned it 90-plus yards for the touchdown.

After forcing Belen to punt on its next possession, FHS needed only one play to score.

Starting at his own 28-yard line, Becenti hit Elebario streaking down the right sideline. A Belen defensive back had the angle on Elebario at about the Belen 30, but the senior receiver threw on the breaks and cut back inside to get past the last defender and raced into the end zone.

"It was just a great pass. When I saw grass in front of me, I knew I had to score and get a touchdown for Kodi," Elebario said of the play.

Becenti threw his third touchdown of the first half, finding Dubick for their second scoring connection and sending the game to halftime with FHS leading 29-14.

FHS wasted no time getting back in the end zone to start the third quarter.

After FHS returned the kickoff to the FHS 42, sophomore running back Axel Fowler broke a 58-yard touchdown run up the left sideline to put the Scorps up 36-14 just 17 seconds into the quarter.

Later in the quarter, Belen's Timothy Bunker scored on a 15-yard run to cut it to 36-21.

But on Farmington's next possession, Becenti found Elebario in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown to push the lead back to 22 points at 43-21 five seconds into the fourth quarter.

The touchdown pass was Becenti's fourth of five scoring tosses.

"It means a lot for his (Becenti's) confidence and the offense's confidence, but I think the reason he's putting the ball on the money is our offensive line is doing a phenomenal job of picking up different stunts and blitz," Dalton said. "People are trying to come at Kody, but we're picking it up. It's a team effort. You don't get 56 points with one or two guys. It's a team offense and a team defense, and it was complete team win tonight."

It took the Scorps only 21 seconds to find the end zone again.

Tanner Waite forced a fumble that the Scorps recovered at the Belen 30, and two plays later, Fowler scored again, breaking a 40-yard run to make it 49-21 with 11:34 remaining.

Then for good measure, with 5:48 remaining, Becenti connected with Gabe Medina in the corner of the end zone for a 30-yard score and the final points of the game.

FHS will host Durango, Colo., (3-0) next week.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and Follow him @karltschneider on Twitter.