FARMINGTON – A fourth quarter interception was brought back 50 yards for a touchdown by junior Cody Wright, lifting the Farmington football team to a 21-14 victory over Parkway West on Friday night.
Farmington was first to strike in the first quarter on a 1-yd touchdown by Gavin Duncan, who scored seven times last week against Clayton. His 70-yard rush moved the ball to the 3-yard line.
The Knights were also playing efficient defense, forcing the Longhorns to punt on their first three possessions.
On the third punt, Tycen Gray muffed the ball, and Parkway West recovered the ball on Farmington’s 25 yard line.
Brayden Moon stepped up defensively and stopped the Longhorns in the redzone, making two consecutive tackles for losses, and forcing the turnover on downs.
Later on in the second quarter, Teddy Bankhead took an option pitch around the outside edge, and broke free for a 75-yard touchdown.
The Longhorns quickly got into the redzone on the following drive and scored on a back-shoulder fade to Drew Seers.
With less than a minute left, Farmington looked to run out the clock before halftime. The Knights ended up fumbling the ball, giving Parkway West 39 seconds to try and score.
Ian Bernard was not going to allow the Longhorns to score, as he made two sacks in the backfield, giving Farmington the ball to end the half leading 14-7.
Early in the second half, Parkway West had good field position on the Farmington 13-yard line. Once again, Moon came up big, making a tackle on fourth down at the 8.
Nathaniel Link started at quarterback for the Knights in the second half due to Cody Friedmeyer’s leg discomfort.
This Farmington struggled with just one first down throughout the third quarter.
Just before the end of the period, Parkway West’s Drew Seers found the enzone again after plowing through a pile of linemen.
Farmington punted the ball early in the fourth, giving the Longhorns the ball on their own one yard line.
The Knights capitalized on the field position, forcing a hurried pass. It was tipped and intercepted by Wright, who brought it back for six.
The Longhorns got into the redzone, and went for it on fourth down. With 2:50 remaining, Jack Martin took a shot to the endzone, but the ball slipped through the hands of the receiver.
The Knights got possession and were able to run the clock out. Duncan ended with a team-high 120 rushing yards.
They were led on defense by Moon, who had nine tackles. Tappan Westbrook was just behind him with eight tackles.
This win moves the Knights to 6-3 on the season and gives them the number one seed in class 4 district one after Hillsboro’s loss to MICDS Friday night.
Farmington will host Perryville next Friday.