Football review: Tractor Trophy stays in Farmington

Tigers rally to beat Northfield, remain undefeated

Farmington running back Noah Kary takes off after getting the ball from quarterback Tyler VanWinkle. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Farmington running back Noah Kary takes off after getting the ball from quarterback Tyler VanWinkle. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Mason Auge returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown to complete Farmington’s comeback in a 21-14 victory over Northfield in Missota Conference football Friday night.

The victory ensured that Farmington will retain the Tractor Trophy, awarded to the winner of the game between the schools. The Tigers have won the last three games in the rivalry.

Farmington might keep the trophy for a while, as the schools are entering different conferences in 2014 – Farmington to the South Suburban, Northfield to the Big 9. The Missota Conference is disbanding after the 2013-14 school year.

If this was the final game of a series that dates to 1891, the Tigers and Raiders made it memorable. Farmington (2-0) won despite falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter and gaining only 24 yards rushing.

The Tigers’ comeback started with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Tyler VanWinkle to Jordan DeCroock in the first minute of the second quarter. VanWinkle threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Mac Bassett on fourth and 15 midway through the third quarter. The score remained 14-14 until Auge grabbed a tipped pass and returned it for a score with 5:20 remaining.

VanWinkle completed 16 of 21 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Bassett had four catches for 134 yards and one touchdown, with his longest reception going for 47 yards. DeCroock had five receptions for 48 yards and one score.

Auge and Derek Klotter had interceptions for the Tigers, who are 1-0 in Missota Conference games.

Although Farmington didn’t gain much on the ground, neither did Northfield as the Tigers’ defense held the Raiders to 57 yards on 30 attempts. Northfield passed for 254 yards.

The Tigers will seek to remain undefeated when they travel to Red Wing at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, for a Missota Conference game. Red Wing is 0-2 and has been outscored 80-20.

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