By Don Chipman
Take away big plays that netted Farmington four touchdowns on plays that went 37, 80, 6, and 34 yards; a no call by the Farmers on a blatant facemask, and time running out in the first half killing a long march by the Tigers, the hometowners would have fared much better than the final score indicated which finished 35-12 in favor of Farmington.
BHS had two more first downs (14-12) than the visitors, and the total yardage only favored the Farmers 374-311. Farmington was led by Max Balanga with 111 yards on only six carries, while Macae Skaggs ran for 94 yards on 14 attempts and scored three TD’s. The Tigers were led by Alex Myles who rushed with 87 yards on 13 tries, with Gus Vermillion racking up 67 yards on just six carries.
The Tigers scored first when they went 84 yards in six plays highlighted by runs of 27 yards by Myles and a 56-yard breakaway by Vermillion. D’ante McWilliams ran it in from five yards out at 7:10 of the opening period.
It took the Farmers only 0:50 seconds to go 75 yards downfield in four plays with Jake Jepson scoring on a 37-yard run. The PAT failed and it was tied at 6-6 after six plays.
On the Farmers’ next possession on the fourth play from their own 20, Balanga ate up 80 yards on a touchdown run to daylight and the visitors took the lead for good at 14-7 with the clock showing 0:50 left in the first quarter.
Next series it was three and out for the O&B, with Farmington taking over at their own 35. From there they ran off nine plays but couldn’t dent the Tigers goal line. The locals made a gallant defensive stop when the Farmers had a first-and-ten at the Tigers 10 but the O&B held on a big fourth down solo tackle by Myles at the one.
From the shadow of their own goal line, the locals used a 25-yard completion to Alex Schultz from Vermillion to escape to the 30. The Tigers converted two fourth and ones, one coming on a completion to Schultz on a third-and-eight, good for 10 yards. The straw that broke the Tigers back came on a broken play when Vermillion scrambled for 26 yards to the Farmington four, only to have the play called back for a block in the back. On the next play, Vermillion was intercepted as the clock ran out, putting the visitors on top 14-6 at the midway break.
Early in the third period Farmington drove down to the Tigers 14, but fumbled the ball with Myles recovering for the Tigers. However, on the sixth play of the hometowners drive, Vermillion was picked off by Jepson and he raced untouched down the near sidelines, 61-yards to the end zone. The two-point PAT made it 22-6 with 2:10 left in the third frame.
Farmington then caught the Tigers asleep with an on-side kick they recovered at the BHS 30. The Tigers held, so no damage was done. The next time the O&B got the ball back they missed a first down by inches on a pass from Vermillion to McWilliams at the Farmington 49.
After taking over on downs a personal foul on the locals, a 20-yard sprint by Jepson, set up another touchdown when Macae Skaggs went in from five yards out to run the score to 28-6.
This time the on-side kick by Farmington was recovered by the Tigers at th 41. Vermillion promptly hit Schultz for a 32-yard gain down to the Farmington 29. On the next play, a Vermillion to Schultz connection netted 15 yards to the 14. Cole Huey took it to the nine, and two plays later he banged in from the one running the score to 28-12 with 3:51 left.
The Farmers took the ensuing kickoff and went 63 yards in five plays with the last play a 34-yard breakaway by Skaggs to run the final verdict to 35-12.
B—D’ante Vermillion 5 run (run failed) 6-0 @ 7:10
F—Jake Jepson 37 run (conversion failed) 6-6 @ 6:15
F—Max Balagna 80 run (Skaggs run) 14-6 @ 0:50
F—Jepson 61 interception return (pass good) 22-6 @2:50
F-Skaggs 3 run (run failed) 28-6 @ 5:15
B-Cole Huey 1 run (run failed) 28-12 @3:51
F-Skaggs 34 run (kick good) 35-6 @
First Downs 12 14
Rushes-Yards 40-373 38-231
Passing Yards 1 82
Total Yardage 374 311
Passing Sum. 1-4-0 11-15-2
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-1
Penalties-Yards 5-40 4-50
Rushing: Farmington—Skaggs 16-94, Balanga 6-111, Elam 8-68, Welker 6-51, Jepson 4-49. Totals: 40-373. Beardstown—Alex Myles 13-87, Gus Vermillion 6-67, Cole Huey 10-27, D’ante McWilliams 6-50. Totals: 35-231
Passing: Farmington—Welker 1-4-0-1. Beardstown—Vermillion 9-15-2-82
Receiving: Farmington—Skaggs 1-1. Beardstown—Alex Schultz 6-63, Myles 3-11, McWilliams 1-4, Huey 1-4. Totals: 11-82
Records; Farmington 6-I (4-1 conference); BHS 4-3 (2-3 conference).