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Farmington works middle of field to coast to victory



FARMINGTON — The Farmington football team looked to break free from the up-and-down cycle that its offense had been stuck in for much of the season during tonight's homecoming game against Durango, Colo., and the Scorpions did just that.

Farmington exploited the middle of the field with its passing game and coasted to a 34-7 victory over the Demons tonight at Hutchison Stadium.

“It was our first complete game, and that’s (what) we feel like it should be. Our kids finally put one together,” Scorpions coach Jeff Dalton said. “We found short routes, and we got the ball to a lot of different playmakers. The guys did a great job just catching the ball and playing good, controlled football.”

Farmington quarterback Isaiah Jaramillo dumped the ball to his targets for multiple short bursts down the middle.

The 5-yard receptions added up, as did those for 10 yards or more. And the Scorpions gradually made their way down the field.

“The cleaner we get, the better our offense is going to be,” Dalton said.

FHS wideout Jacob Brown got his team on the board a little more than eight minutes into the game with a 3-yard touchdown reception in the center of the end zone. He later made a big over-the-head catch down the right sideline, broke a tackle and took it to the house for a 92-yard score.

Farmington also moved the chains with some fairly deep outside routes. Brown later had a 31-yard TD reception slanting left toward the middle, his third score of the night.

Meanwhile, Durango’s offense had a rough night. Demons quarterback Max Hyson, who ran for a touchdown on a 3-yard keeper, struggled to connect with his receivers.

Passes were a bit out of receivers’ reach, went over or fell short of them. Other passes were simply broken up by the FHS secondary.

“(It was) pretty tough. Give (Farmington) the credit. They came out fired up, and they had a little more fire than we did,” Durango coach David Vogt said. "I don't know if it was the magic of the Homecoming (night). Their kids just made plays, and we didn't. It’s all about getting back to the fundamentals, blocking (on) the offensive line, running clean routes, putting the ball where it needs to be."

Farmington (2-2) will have bye on Sept. 22, while Durango (3-1) will play at Bayfield at 7 p.m. that same night.

Friday's local prep football scores

Farmington 34, Durango, Colo., 7

Piedra Vista 43, Aztec 40

Kirtland Central 42, Los Alamos 14

Bloomfield 49, Bernalillo 0

Shiprock 26, Gallup 22

Newcomb 58, Thoreau 12

Crownpoint 36, Navajo Prep 16

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.