Turnovers plague Scorps in 39-6 loss

Karl Schneider The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — It was a rough night for the Farmington football team.

The Scorps couldn't get anything going against Durango, Colo., as the Demons finished the night with seven takeaways en route to a 39-6 victory over FHS at Hutchison Stadium.

"I think we have a lot of growing up to do and in a lot of different ways," Farmington head coach Jeff Dalton said. "I think a lot of stuff was there, and we made mental mistakes. Drops are mental mistakes. Interceptions are mental mistakes. Missing blocks are mental mistakes. I think we made too many against a really good team."

Durango (4-0) started the game quickly, taking over at its 45-yard line after an FHS (3-1) squib kick. The Demons needed only four plays to drive 55 yards in 1:32, ending with Durango quarterback Terrence Trujillo hitting Kyle Duran for a 28-yard touchdown.

Farmington's opening drive didn't go as planned. Facing third and long, FHS quarterback Kody Becenti went deep, but the ball was short of its target and was picked off by Durango's Lucas Baken.

The Demons moved downfield and set up first and goal at the 5-yard line. But on the next play, the Scorps forced a fumble that Diego Elebario recovered in the end zone.

The momentum didn't stay with Farmington long, as the Scorps fumbled, and Durango recovered at midfield.

It was a similar story for the Scorps during the rest of the first half, as they threw an interception, fumbled, failed to recover an onside kick by the Demons, fumbled again, then turned it over on downs twice in a row.

"It would seem like we'd finally make a defensive stop, and then a weird play would happen," Dalton said. "It happened all night, but when that happens time and time again, it's something we're doing. It's not just the ball bouncing the wrong way, it's something we have to correct. It's easy to make excuses and say we were unlucky, but the fact of the matter is, we have to improve."

The Demons made it a 14-0 advantage when Trujillo ran 5 yards for the touchdown.

On the ensuing kickoff, Durango recovered an onside kick and was in the end zone again when Trujillo found Baken for a touchdown, making it 20-0 with 1:56 left in the first quarter.

After the Demons converted a 24-yard field goal, the visitors threatened to add to their lead late in the half and elected to go for it on fourth at four at the FHS 6-yard line with six seconds remaining in the half. But the Farmington defense held and sent the game to halftime with a score of 23-0.

Farmington received the kick to start the third quarter and was forced to punt after three plays. But the Demons fumbled the punt, and the Scorps recovered in Durango territory.

But just as they did in the first half, when the Scorps managed to generate some momentum, they would commit a turnover that Durango would capitalize on. This time, Becenti was hit from behind, and the Demons recovered the fumble.

The Demons moved down the field and got into the end zone again on another Trujillo-to-Baken connection, this time from 42 yards out.

On Farmington's next possession, the Scorps had first and 10 at the Durango 13-yard line, but two plays later, Becenti's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and was intercepted by the Demons.

The Scorps threw interceptions on their next two possessions to make it three straight possessions ended that way.

Farmington only avoided being shut out when Becenti found Jeb Pinkley in the end zone with 12 seconds left.

Farmington will be on the road next week, traveling to Los Alamos to take on the Hilltoppers (1-3).

"If we maintain focus in practice, then you're going to execute in the game," Dalton said. "After a loss like this, everyone has to take a mirror test and decide what you're going to do. Are you going to move forward and get better, or are you going to cry about it?"

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