Farmington crushes Kirtland Central 63-32
Becenti's six touchdowns help Scorpions scurry past Broncos
FARMINGTON — Through two weeks of the District 1-5A season, the Farmington football team looks like a different team that it did several weeks ago.
A 1-4-1 start had Scorpion fans worried, but coach Jeff Dalton's Scorps have been dominant the past two weeks with a pair of 55-plus point outbursts and two victories.
Tonight, Farmington (2-4-1, 2-0) flattened Kirtland Central 63-32 at Hutchison Stadium behind six total touchdowns from Kody Becenti and a pair of long Axel Fowler TD runs.
The Scorpions' point total wasn't boosted by short fields off of turnovers — Kirtland Central (4-3, 0-2) turned the ball over just once in the game, on an interception.
"The offense was clicking all night," Dalton said. "We were able to keep them off balance a bit. Running the ball a lot early. As soon as we could get them to focus on the run game, that opened up the pass game, really."
KC came out with a lot of energy, according to Dalton. The visitors actually dashed out to a 10-0 lead courtesy of a Bryson Dowdy TD run, followed by a successful onside kick and field goal.
KC recovered two onside kicks in the loss, but the Broncos' defense couldn't slow Becenti and the Farmington offense down whatsoever, so the trickery didn't matter.
"Kody did great," Dalton said. "He did a great job making reads in the run game and making some great decisions, and he was just able to find the end zone all night."
The game was well within KC's reach before halftime, but the FHS offense put together an excellent one-minute drive at a time when the Scorps were only ahead 21-17.
After the hosts dinked and dunked downfield for nearly 70 yards, Sol Rascon made a great catch in the end zone, where he narrowly kept his toes in bounds for a 17-yard score just as the halftime buzzer sounded.
The Scorps lit up KC's defense for another 35 points after halftime. KC coach Greg Jenks took responsibility for the lack of defensive execution.
"Most of that was on me for not putting the defense in the right place," Jenks said. "You got to give a lot of credit to Farmington and that speed. Oh my goodness, they just got fast guys everywhere."
Dowdy ran for a pair of touchdowns for KC, which also got a rushing score out of Zach Van Duren. Cadan Flack caught a late touchdown pass from Dowdy as time expired in the game.
Jenks said he thought his offense looked OK tonight, but got in its own way far too often.
"We should have had another touchdown in the first half, at least one," Jenks said. "We had a dropped touchdown, we end up going backward with holding penalties on legit holding calls. So offensively, we really feel like we stopped ourselves."
The Broncos will try to clean things up at home next week against a solid Miyamura (6-1, 2-0) team.
Farmington welcomes Aztec (4-3, 2-0) into Hutchison Stadium.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.