Farmington runners doing better job of finding creases

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FARMINGTON — Farmington’s offense is tearing it up the last two games, now that the Scorpions are doing more damage with their lateral attack.

“We’ve been working on trying to move through the field instead of just running into people,” wide receiver Kale Lucas said. “I’m just trying to stay low, use my legs and move around them.”

The contrast from the first two games of the season is virtually night and day.

In the opening two weeks, Farmington was often stopped in its tracks while attacking left and right. Players were a bit slow reading where the creases could be found.

“We were kind of bouncing out way too much, and that was just killing us,” running back Johnny Shuttleworth said.

In the third and fourth weeks, however, the Scorpions created extra space upon touching the ball and targeted spots with little traffic just beyond the line of scrimmage.

“I’m just glad things are clicking right now,” Shuttleworth said. “Now that they’re getting yards, it’s not so much dancing anymore (moving the ball). It’s going to be really important to keep this up.”

Shuttleworth said Farmington is more proactive looking for openings on the sides and finding them sooner.

Farmington (2-2) scored a combined 25 points its first two games but has scored a combined 60 points over the last two weeks.

“Just getting vertical runs plus side-to-side runs really helps us not let a defense settle in,” coach Jeff Dalton said. “We had a hard time finding our rhythm (the first two games). The kids are catching on, and they’re fighting hard.”

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

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