FARMINGTON – Farmington demonstrated first-hand it’s as tough as anyone on the 5A football scene in 2017.
Pushing 5A power Belen to overtime on Sept. 8 and taking down another 5A power in Miyamura on Oct. 27, the Scorpions like their chances at a deeper postseason run.
"It shows that we're not some pushover team. We can hang with the best teams in the state right now. Those teams are all competitors for the (5A state) title right now," wide receiver Ethan Todd said. "I think we've handled (those matchups) very well. (Even with) Miyamura scoring first on us, we still bounced back."
Having a gauntlet of a 2017 schedule helped Farmington be ready for playoff football.
“That experience alone is going to pay dividends for us,” coach Jeff Dalton said. "I think it drives these kids more. I think knowing that you have a chance to make some noise in the playoffs is motivation in itself."
Those tougher games mattered for Farmington because it showed how hard it'll be to thrive in the playoffs, but also that the Scorpions are fully capable of beating 5A's juggernauts.
Quarterback Isaiah Jaramillo said that committing or getting rid of those couple extra turnovers can be the deciding factor in those marquee matchups, pointing to the Belen and Miyamura games are prime examples.
Farmington committed some additional, ill-timed turnovers late and lost to Belen, but limited turnovers and beat Miyamura.
"It helps us see both perspectives," Jaramillo said.
The 5A state football playoff bracket will be announced at 11 p.m. tonight online at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Facing the top teams was essentially Farmington's pre-playoff schedule.
"I think it does help bring out the best in us. I think it helps us build our confidence that we can come out and we can play those hard teams in the future," cornerback Kale Lucas said.
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