District champion Scorpions face Bloomfield in regular-season finale Thursday night
FARMINGTON — The Farmington football team is in control of its destiny in pursuit of a higher 5A playoff seed.
In handing Miyamura its first loss of the year last week, the Scorpions (6-3, 4-0) won their first district title since 2013, which was also the last time they won a state title. FHS secured the district crown because of head-to-head advantages over Miyamura and Aztec, both of which can only win four district games at most.
“To beat an 8-0 team in district (last week) is big, especially for the district championship. It gets us motivated to go into the playoffs,” quarterback Isaiah Jaramillo said.
The pressure of trying to win district fell off Farmington's shoulders. FHS is now on track to host a first-round playoff game or perhaps even get a first-round bye if it defeats Bloomfield in Thursday’s regular-season finale.
Coach Jeff Dalton said his team may get a first-round bye if Belen beats Los Lunas on Saturday. Either way, Dalton said he expects FHS will be either a No. 4 or 5 seed with a win Thursday.
“What we’ve seen in the last four or five years is, usually whoever wins this district is a top-four seed and usually makes a pretty decent run in the playoffs,” Dalton said. “Just coming out of this district, you’re prepared, you’ve been battle tested.”
The Scorpions, who have won five of their last six games, are now trying to prolong their momentum.
Their confidence is soaring during this late stretch, and they intend to build on it.
“I think it’s very important that we made it here, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves. We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing, (not) take anything for granted,” wide receiver Gabe Medina said.
Even so, FHS is now in a position where it doesn’t need much outside help in possibly landing a higher playoff seed.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.