Late turnovers cost Scorps in 5A playoff opener

Bill Armendariz, Deming Headlight

DEMING – The Farmington Scorpions got off to a fast start, but late turnovers eventually halted their season.

FHS committed two costly turnovers while in solid field position, falling 38-28 at Deming in today’s 5A playoff opener.

“We came out a little flat and we kind of imploded and didn’t do ourselves any favors with multiple turnovers,” Farmington coach Jeff Dalton said. “Today was kind of a glimpse into our season; When we were controlling the ball and playing solid defense, we were a team to be dealt with. There were (also) times when we would tighten up and turn the ball over, and we kind of saw that happen today.”

The first one occurred when quarterback Caleb Carrillo threw an interception toward the Deming 16-yard line. The second was a turnover on downs at about midfield.

Farmington (5-6) generated a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, later taking a 21-14 lead into halftime.

“We really felt like we controlled the first half. We gave up a kick return and long play from scrimmage, but we felt like we were dominating ball control,” Dalton said.

Deming soon jumped on top in the third quarter, up 22-21, before those two turnovers transpired.

From there, the Wildcats tacked a couple extra rushing touchdowns to secure the win.

“I think we weren’t mentally ready for the second half. Our line is going both ways and we didn’t have as much energy as we did in the first half,” Carrillo said.

Deming (7-3-1) will face Goddard in the 5A quarterfinals.

Bill Armendariz can be reached at 575-546-2611 (ext. 2606) or