FARMINGTON >> Jeremy Buck used his blockers to push the ball in from 1-yard out with 1:13 left in the third quarter, leading Farmington to a 13-7 victory over No. 7 Windsor Friday night at Farmington High School in a battle of CCC unbeatens.
“We left a couple of plays out on the field in the first half so we knew we had to capitalize on those plays in the second half and just do our job,” said Buck.
The Indians trailed 7-0 at halftime in a game riddled by penalties.
The Farmington defense forced the Warriors to punt on their first possession of the game only to have their drive halted on one of the stranger penalties coach Rob Fleeting has ever seen.
“We had a play that nobody’s ever seen, even the refs. It was a right call, but a hurdle. Most people aren’t athletic enough to make that penalty,” Fleeting said.
With 5:48 left in the first quarter and the Warriors backed up to their own 10 yard line, Jedidiah Haynes connected with Windsor’s big play receiver Tynique Woods-Culver for 89 yards, a season high for the receiver. Amarhyee Davis-Sanchez converted the extra point giving Windsor a 7-0 lead.
The Indians found their way into Windsor territory on the next possession, but didn’t make it very far, stalling at the 49-yard-line. A punt by Ivan Guadelupe found the end zone for a touchback.
On 2nd and 9, Haynes found Courtney Rush for 26 yards, but couldn’t make anything out of it, punting three plays later.
Farmington’s best field position of the half came when they started at the Warriors 39 yard line. They attempted four passes and completed just one for seven yards, Jeremy Buck to Guadelupe. The Indians turned the ball over on downs.
Farmington came out of halftime and looked like a different team.
The Indians opening drive lasted 5 minutes, 53 seconds and after 12 plays, Jeremy Buck connected with Anthony Carpenter for 16 yards, tying the game at 7-7.
After forcing a Windsor three and out, the Indians offense kept churning. Buck sold a fake handoff to Guadelupe, keeping it himself, taking the ball 32 yards down the right side and setting up what would be the game-winning touchdown. After a direct snap to Kenny Jones got the Indians to the 1-yard line, Fleeting set up the goal line play.
Farmington used two blockers and the entire offensive line to push the quarterback one yard into the end zone. The extra point was blocked, giving the Indians a 13-7 lead.
“I knew I had to get into the end zone one way or another, so I was banking on my line doing their job and I’ll do my job,” said Buck.
Haynes fumbled on the next Windsor possession leading to a 12 play drive by Farmington that ended in an interception by Tyler Coyle.
“In the second half we tried to keep everything balanced and a little more manageable,” said Fleeting.
As time was winding down, Buck fumbled in Windsor territory giving the Warriors one last chance, but an interception by Jones sealed the victory for Farmington, staying undefeated and handing Windsor its first loss of the season.