Guest commentary: FHS football, community stand united

Scorpions looking to make first title run since 2013

Dr. Jay Lucas, Orthopedic Associates P.A.
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FARMINGTON — Farmington’s football program and the community at-large are intertwined.

Looking back at the Scorpions’ 2013 state championship run, players frequently commented, “We are playing the game for this Saturday. We want to win for the community.”

During that state championship season on a cold, windy December day, it was not just the Scorpions who won. It was the entire Farmington community. The constant support gave the team great leverage to win that day.

FHS is now two wins away from another state title in 2017. The Scorpions will face another storied New Mexico football program, the Artesia Bulldogs, in the state semifinals 1 p.m. Saturday at Hutchison Stadium.

Our football players have prepared all week for this battle and are excited for the opportunity to play in front of the home crowd. The Scorpions have won their last six games and are riding a high wave through their high-scoring offense and lock-down defense.

There are several individual players on both sides of the ball who could take credit for that success, but Farmington is united, working together as the year went on. When the Scorpions play as one, they succeed as one.

Football commonly is not all about just the players and coaches, but about a community of support from the band, drill team, cheerleaders, students, parents, family and friends of the team.

Just as our general public supported the Scorpions in 2013, we need you to bring some noise and volume to the Hutch on Saturday.

Come out to cheer on our Scorpions and help make a difference in the game.

Remember, together as a team, we will succeed. Come ready, come loud, and make some noise, 12th man!

Dr. Jay Lucas works for Orthopedic Associates P.A. in Farmington, specializing in total knee and shoulder replacements, arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery and sports medicine. Lucas is also the Farmington football team's trainer.