Farmington football upsets Windsor

FARMINGTON — It took a ferocious defense. It took a creative and unrelenting offense. It took a potent quarterback and perhaps a little luck. But after 48 minutes had expired at Farmington High School Friday night, somehow, someway, the Indians upset conference rival Windsor 13-7.

“The way teams react when they beat a Windsor, is a testament to how good a team Windsor is,” Farmington head coach Chris Machol said, amid a celebration on the field after the victory. “This is the first real big win we have had. We beat Middletown two years ago, but this somehow felt a little different. We came in and beat a very very good team.”

The Indians (6-0) trailed 7-0 at the half, and had just three first downs in the first two quarters. The only blemish for the defense however, was an 88-yard touchdown pass from Jedediah Haynes to Tynique Woods-Culver midway through the first.

After an uneventful second quarter, Farmington came out in the second half a totally different team.

“After their big 88-yard touchdown early we made a defensive adjustment,” the coach said. “And we were able to play solid the rest of the game.”

“In the second half we knew we had left some plays out on the field,” Farmington quarterback Jeremy Buck said. “We wanted to capitalize on our plays in the second half. We knew we had to do our job.

The Indians matched their first half first down total on the first drive out of the locker room, piecing together a 12-play 59-yard drive culminating in a Buck touchdown strike to Anthony Carpenter.

Buck compiled 106 yards passing in the game, and was responsible for both of the Indians’ touchdowns.

“We have faith in all our players,” Machol said. “Windsor is so good against the run we knew we would have to rely a little more on the passing game today.”

After forcing a three-and-out, Farmington once again trekked to the endzone, with an incredible fake hand-off keeper sending Buck 32 yards down the field to set up a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down just four plays later.

The Indians then spent the majority of the fourth quarter burning clock. They possessed the ball so much in fact, that the Warriors, for the first 21 minutes in the second half, gained negative five yards on just 12 plays.

“That’s the strength of our team,” Machol said. “The offense gets the flash and the yards but the defense has been great all year.”

“It’s real nice to know we have our defense to back us up,” Buck said, repeating the sentiment. “We can really rely on them.”

Windsor finally got its chance, with 2:21 remaining in the game from their own 15 after recovering a Farmington fumble. After a 14-yard passing play set up a first down, Elijah Johnson got a huge sack to send the Warriors back seven yards.

But then, back-to-back penalties plagued the Indians, giving Windsor a 30 yard advantage and pitting them at the 49 yard line.

But with 1:10 left in the game and just under half the field to advance to tie the game, and perhaps go ahead with an extra point, Farmington’s Kenny Jones came up with the biggest interception of his life, clinching the upset over one of the top 10 teams in the state.

“I’ve been watching film,” Jones said, recalling the play. “I knew they were going to go deep, I saw the double move. I played off about five, let him do it, I broke on my route and did it the right way, and got the ball, just like coaches taught me.”

After downing a top team in Class L, it makes sense that perhaps, the Indians get some respect when it comes to the high school football polls. And Jones hopes this game makes a statement to the league.

“I did it for my boys,” Jones, a senior, said. “They earned it, we all earned it. We played our hearts out. We are still underrated, we have a lot to prove.”

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