by Josh McFadden
It took six tries, but the Farmington football team had a historic accomplishment last Friday: It won its first game in school history.
The brand-new Class 5A school snapped a five-game losing skid with a 20-14 victory over Region 5 opponent Woods Cross.
Coming into the contest, the Phoenix hadn’t fared so well on the year, which isn’t rare for a newly opened school. Through five games, Farmington had scored just 40 points while giving up 212. Its closest game had been a 37-14 loss to Murray on Aug. 30.
Last Friday against the Wildcats, Farmington scored nearly half as many points in the first quarter as it had all season.
The Phoenix jumped out to a 14-0 lead after 12 minutes, doing it on the defensive side of the ball on an offense. Farmington started the scoring with a dazzling 95-yard interception return for a touchdown by Seth Wilcox. The young freshman turned in the longest play of the year for Farmington on what will be a memorable moment for him. Just two minutes later, the Phoenix had the ball back again and punched one in across the goal line on a 5-yard run from Hayden Toone. It was the junior’s second touchdown of the season.
The Phoenix played solid defense in the first half, shutting out the Wildcats, who themselves had come into the game with back-to-back 28-point efforts and a 56-point outburst on Aug. 30.
In the second half, Woods Cross started to come to life. Sam Nerdin scored on a 3-yard run four minutes into the third quarter. A successful extra point made it 14-7 for Farmington. The Phoenix countered, however, on a 32-yard touchdown strike from Wyatt Evertsen to Hayden Wilcox. The juniors connected for the first time this season; it was Evertsen’s third TD pass on the year. Farmington took a 20-7 lead into the final quarter.
Woods Cross wasn’t done yet.
The Wildcats made things interesting with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Carston Naegle to Tucker Goodfellow with jut over three minutes to play. Naegle’s 13th TD pass of the season and a successful extra point brought the score to 20-14 for Farmington.
Nerdin performed well for Woods Cross in defeat. The senior running back had 129 yards on the ground to go with his touchdown. Naegle threw for 152 yards on 50 percent passing, while backup quarterback Carter Weierman got some action as well. He went 10 of 16 for 81 yards, but Farmington picked him off twice.
its first victory and its 1-1 league mark when it hosts Box Elder this Friday. Meanwhile, Woods Cross, now 0-2 in Region 5 play has a critical matchup with Bountiful on Thursday.