The Farmington High School Varsity football team suffered an emotional one point loss in overtime to Cape Central High School on Sept. 2 in the team’s home opener.
Succumbing to a 28-27 loss, the game had fans on both sides of the stadium on their feet and biting their nails to the bitter end.
“We would have liked to have come away with a victory, but it was a hard fought football game,” said Head Coach Erik Kruppe. “The big thing we need to realize is we can play with just about anyone in the state and have success against anyone on our schedule.”
As the game got started both the Knights and the Tigers traded real estate for the entire first quarter going four and out with each possession
At the start of the second quarter, the Tigers struck first when senior Kway’Chon Chisom put up the first six points of the game, but fell short on the point after, leaving the score 6-0 in the visitors favor.
Not letting the Tigers get the best of the them, the grid iron Knights struck back immediately with a 76 yard return by senior Donovan Howard leaving the home town team in scoring position on the 2 yard line.
Just seconds later, the Knights’ running back Gavin Duncan punched the ball through from two yards out. But a missed field goal for the point after left the two battling teams tied at six.
“Donovan’s big kick return helped answer Cape’s first touchdown,” Kruppe said. “It truly helped swing the momentum back in our favor.”
Taking possession of the ball on their own 36-yard line with a little over seven minutes left in the first half, the Knights drove down the length of the field to control both the ball and the clock.
With just 3:52 left in the half, Brayden Moon takes the ball over the goal line for another six points for the game, but once again, the Knights were unable to connect on the point setting the score at 12-6 in Farmington’s favor.
With their own end zone at their back, the Cape Tigers could not convert on a fake punt leaving the Knights in scoring position once again with only 2:15 left in play before the half-time whistle.
Utilizing Duncan in their running game, the Knights scored another six points off of three possessions from Duncan’s hard running style. With only 1:47 left the senior running back pushed his way through to the end from three yards out.
With a successful two point conversion for the point after, the Knights retired to the locker room at the end of the first half leading the Tigers 20-6.
At the start of the second half, Farmington continued where they left off and marched the ball down the field to the six yard line before quarterback Cody Friedmeyer had his pass picked off by Cape’s Chisom - who doubles as a DB for the Tigers.
Playing of the offensive side, Chisom led his team the length of the field to hit wide receiver Austin Parker with a 10-yard pass for six points with only 33 seconds left in the third quarter. The Tigers hit the two point conversion putting them within striking distance at 20-14 Knights advantage
With only 49 seconds left in the game, it looked like the Knights would avenge last year’s district playoff lost, but the Tiger’s Chisom struck one more time with a touchdown pass to Austin Parker putting up six points and tying the game at 20-20.
With a chance to pull away with only seconds left in the game, Cape missed the extra point sending the game into overtime.
In overtime play, the Knights sent running back Donovan Howard over the right side for a 22-yard touchdown run. Parker Hastings would make good on the extra point kick, pushing the Knights into the lead 27-20.
On the Tigers next possession, Tigers’ senior Christian Mitchell bulldozed his way down the center of the field to set up teammate Aaron Harris for six points.
The Tigers would end up going for the two-point conversion, topping the Knights by a score of 28-27.
“Obviously we wanted to be 3-0 after the Cape game, but there are a plenty of victories on the schedule. We just need to make it happen,” Kruppe said. “I know my players are disappointed, but we can’t let one game, one loss, compile into two or three losses. We have to get focused on beating Popular Bluff because that is our next game.”
At the end of the game, the Knights put up some impressive stats. Duncan led the team with 107 yards of the team’s 235 yards of total offense and two of the hometown team’s four touchdowns.
Next stop for the Knights is an away game against Poplar Bluff for a 7 p.m. start on Sept. 9.