By Don Chipman
Farmington ran rough- shod over the BHS Tigers plowing them under 45-6 in a first round game of the Class 2A playoffs. The O&B suffered a team crippling blow when star running back Alex Myles went down on the fourth play from scrimmage. This coupled with four lost fumbles, and a one-yard punt dealt the Tigers a hill too high to climb.
Macae Skaggs ran for 154-yards and two touchdowns, while the Farmington offense rolled up 15 first downs to six by the Tigers. The hosts held a huge difference on the ground as they outrushed the hometowners 271-20. BHS had negative 11 yards rushing in the first half.
It was apparent from the very get-go that Farmington brought their “A” game to the playoffs, marching down the field 69 yards to score on their first possession in only five plays, capped off by an 18-yard jaunt by Jake Jepson for a 6-0 lead at 8:32 of the opening period.
The Farmers would score three more touchdowns in the first quarter, thanks in part to two fumbles and a one-yard punt by the O&B.
The second Farmington TD came on a five-play, 29-yard drive set up by an O&B fumble with Cooper Elam scoring the first of his two touchdowns on a seven-yard sweep around left end. Trouble begets trouble, and on the next series, the Tigers were again forced to punt and disaster set in with a one-yard net punt.
The Farmington scoring drive covered 19 yards in four plays with Skaggs going in from three yards out to make it 18-0 with 3:19 still left in the period.
Things went from bad to worse when the locals coughed up the football on the very first play following the ensuing kickoff.
The Farmers covered the remaining 25 yards in two plays with Elam scoring on an 11-yard rip right up the middle. The PAT run conversion made it 26-0 at the 2:30 mark of the first period. BHS gave up the pigskin on yet another fumble, this time at midfield. Farmington scored on a five-play drive when Kyle Welker belted over from the eight. This ran the score to 32-0 with 11:32 left until intermission.
Beardstown would give the ball away on their fifth fumble (losing four) on their deepest penetration down to the Farmers 32 before giving up the foot-
ball. Skaggs ripped off two runs of 14 yards each, and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty on BHS helped to finish off the six play drive. Skaggs broke the goal-line plane on a nine-yard TD scramble. This would be the final score until after intermission with the hosts on top at the midway break leading 38-0.
Beardstown kicked off to start the second half and the Farmers put the running clock in motion when they ate up 60 yards in four plays to run the margin to 45-0. This possession was highlighted by a personal foul on BHS and a player ejection (Blake Lewis).
Beardstown’s lone score came when they took to the air with Vermillion completing passes to Will DeSollar for six yards and nine yards to Josh Watson. On the fifth play of this drive Vermillion hooked with Watson for a 38-yard “bomb” for a touchdown to avoid the shutout with the score coming with 5:50 to go in the final fling. The PAT pass failed, making it a 45-6 contest. The scoring drive covered 73 yards in five plays.
“When Alex (Myles) went down we lost our spark and we just never got it going. Still we had a good year and I’m proud of my kids for making the playoffs” stated head coach Tyler Buhlig.
Beardstown 0 0 0 6 – 6
Farmington 26 12 7 0–45
F—Jake Jepson 18 yard run (PAT no good) 6-0 at 8:32
F—Cooper Elam 7 yard run (PAT no good) 12-0 @
F—Macae Skaggs 3 run (PAT no good) 18-0 @ 3:19
F—Cooper 11 run (PAT run good) 26-0 @ 2:30
F—Kyle Welker run (PAT no good) 32-0 @ 11:32
F—Skaggs 9 run (PAT no good) 38-0 @ 6:34
F—Noah Welker 3 run (kick good) 45-0 @ 10:25
B—Josh Watson 38 pass from Gus Vermillion (Pass no good) 45-6 @ 5:50 Team Statistics
First Downs 15 6
Rushes-Yards 41-271 8-20
Passing Yards 0 87
Total Yardage 271 93
Passing Sum. 0-2 -0 12-27-0
Fumbles/Lost 0-0 6-4
Penalties/Yards 6-80 10-100
Rushing: Farmington-Macae Skaggs 20-154, Max Balagna 5-41, Jake Jepson 3-31, Noah Welker 2-24, Cooper Elam 2-4, Kyle Welker 1-5, Kody Martinez 1-1, Zach Young 1-8, Nick James 3-3. Totals: 41-271. Beardstown: Cole Huey 8-16, Gus Vermillion 6 (-9), Colt Hoenes 11-6, Alex Schultz 3-(-4), Josh Watson 2 (-1). Totals: 20-8
Passing: Farmington: Noah Welker 0-1, Steven Gilstrap 0-1. Beardstown: Vermillion 8-20-0-87.
Receiving: Beardstown: Schultz 2--5, Huey 2-8, Will DeSollar 4 3-17, Watson 1-2-47.
Records: Farmington 9-1; Beardstown 6-4.