Scorpions need to stay patient to keep attack clicking

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FARMINGTON — As streaky as the Farmington football team's offense has been all year, it’s had its moments where it can be as devastating as any team in the state.

The Scorpions' no-huddle attack is scoring 31.2 points per game this season, generating gaudy numbers like its 53-point scoring barrage in Friday's District 1-5A opener against Gallup.

"Hopefully, this plows us through district," quarterback Isaiah Jaramillo said. "It's all or nothing now."

Those offensive outbursts are bound to happen whenever Farmington keeps things simple and proceeds down the field with a 5-yard run here, a 5-yard pass there, moving the chains that way.

"They really get (opposing) defenses sucked in, and that's when we can have a big play over the top or a big run," Jaramillo said. "When we start getting that defense worn out, that's when we go and step on the gas pedal."

But there have been times this year when players lost track of that patient approach and tried to go for the deep play too often. And when those moments didn't work out, some critical possessions were wasted.

"It's easy even for us sometimes to want to go for the big hit, but it's important that we execute ball control (on) offense," coach Jeff Dalton said. "I think simple, short plays are easier to remember, easier to get open on and they're just more stress-free."

Dalton also said getting quick plays off gives opposing defenses less time to adjust accordingly, therefore opening things up for his offense.

 

"When our offense does its job and maintains good field position, I think we're pretty dangerous," Dalton said.

The Scorpions have numerous playmakers that help the cause in both the run and pass games.

There's the shifty Jaramillo, who can dart for a few extra yards on the ground or find his targets on a quick play-action route. There's the towering, 6-foot-5 Jacob Brown, who can easily snag balls from above and fight off smaller defenders on the move. 

There are also wideouts Ethan Todd, Johnny Shuttleworth, Gabe Medina and Kale Lucas, who bring plenty of speed.

Entering the last stretch of the season, starting with an upcoming trip to district foe Kirtland Central, Farmington (3-3, 1-0) intends to keep the little plays going to jump start the offense.

"It's going to be really important for us. Down the road, we're going to have a couple of hard defenses to go against, like Aztec and Kirtland," running back Axel Fowler said. "We're hoping that's going to work out."

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

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