The Farmington football team treated its boisterous homecoming crowd to a victory over Chaska on Sept. 28.
The Tigers got all the points they needed in the first half on their way to a 27-23 victory, putting the team’s record at 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Missota Conference. It was also the most points Chaska had allowed this season.
“It was one of our most exciting homecoming victories,” head coach Mark Froehling said.
The offense kept the ball moving. Darren Beenken passed for 210 yards and a touchdown. He threw to six different receivers. His favorite was Mac Bassett, who had five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Jordan DeCrook had three catches for 64 yards.
Athen Ashton continued to run strong behind the offensive line. He had 34 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers committed few mistakes – no turnovers and only three penalties.
“We have been trying to focus on execution to cut down on errors in plays to increase successful plays and decrease penalties,” Froehling said.
Mason Auge led the team with 11 tackles, a sack and two tackles for losses. John LeBlond had 7.5 tackles and a sack and Alex Chadwick had an interception. Reid Taubenheim kicked two field goals and three extra points.
Chadwick’s interception came in the final minute with Chaska 18 yards away from scoring.
If there was a sore spot, it was that the defense allowed 328 yards rushing.
“They have a tough offense to stop with some great athletes in the backfield,” Froehling said. “Our biggest concern was missing some assignments in the first half that gave up some long-yardage plays.”
The Tigers share the lead with Holy Angels in the conference. The teams will play Oct. 12 at Farmington.
First, Farmington will travel to Chanhassen (3-2) on Friday. The Storm is on a two-game winning streak with victories against Northfield and New Prague. The team’s losses have come against Owatonna and Holy Angels.
“They are a big, physical team with many good athletes,” Froehling said. “They will try to spread out the defense and run the ball well. Their defense plays tough against the run and their (defensive backs) run to the ball well.”