Farmington broke open a close game by scoring 20 points in the third quarter of its 30-20 victory over River Falls, Wis., in the Tigers’ football season opener Friday night at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls stadium.
River Falls had all kinds of trouble containing Farmington’s Jordan DeCroock. The senior wide receiver caught touchdown passes of 79 and 11 yards from quarterback Tyler VanWinkle and returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for another score.
The Tigers led 10-6 at halftime before DeCroock’s kickoff return. A 16-yard pass from VanWinkle to Johnny Dittman made it 23-6.
The score might have been more one-sided if not for two River Falls interception returns for touchdowns. Farmington kept River Falls’ offense out of the end zone until the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
Farmington’s Reid Taubenheim added a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Derek Klotter led the Tigers in rushing with 82 yards on 17 carries. On defense, linebackers Mason Auge and Nick Ruark were credited with five tackles each. Lineman Godfrey Mpetey and defensive back Mason Gaylord had 4.5 tackles each.
The Tigers’ visit to Wisconsin might be their last for a while. When Farmington joins the South Suburban Conference next season, it likely will play seven of its eight regular-season games within the league, plus one game against a school from another Twin Cities-area conference.
Farmington begins its bid for the Missota Conference championship when it takes on Northfield at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in the Tigers’ home opener.
Wayzata 24, Rosemount 21
In fishing parlance, the Irish were able to set the hook, but Wayzata broke the line and got away before Rosemount could pull one of the biggest victories in program history into its boat.
Wayzata, which has won three state large-school championships since 2005 – including a victory over Rosemount at the 2010 Prep Bowl – escaped with a 24-21 double-overtime victory Aug. 29 at Irish Stadium.
Each team scored a touchdown and kicked an extra point in the first overtime. Wayzata had the first possession of the second overtime and settled for a 22-yard field goal. It was the Trojans’ first lead of the night.
The game ended when the Irish missed a field goal attempt on its possession in the second overtime. For the game, Rosemount missed two field goal attempts and an extra point.
The Irish took the lead on Grant Jackson’s 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Nate Sackett added a two-point conversion run.
Wayzata scored its first touchdown in the final minute of the second quarter, cutting Rosemount’s lead to one point at 8-7. Rosemount extended its lead on Jackson Erdmann’s 1-yard touchdown run with 9 minutes, 56 seconds remaining, but the extra point attempt was no good, leaving the score at 14-7. Wayzata scored to tie the game with 7:49 remaining.
Jackson scored on a 3-yard run on Rosemount’s first overtime possession. Jackson finished with 57 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.
Rosemount junior Dimitri Williams gained 72 yards on 20 carries. Erdmann completed six of 18 passes for 78 yards but was intercepted four times.
The Irish move into South Suburban Conference play Friday, Sept. 6, when they go to Eastview in a dual of teams that reached the final eight in the 2012 Class 6A playoffs. Eastview lost to Wayzata in the quarterfinals, while Rosemount reached the semifinals before falling to Lakeville North.
Eastview defeated Burnsville 21-17 in its opener Aug. 29 as junior running back Will Rains rushed for 225 yards and three touchdowns.