Tigers, Irish strike through the air
Farmington and Rosemount scored early and often in winning football games last week.
Tyler VanWinkle threw three touchdown passes as Farmington (3-0) defeated Red Wing 37-7 on Friday in a Missota Conference game. A 72-yard punt return by Dimitri Williams got Rosemount started in its 66-21 romp at Bloomington Kennedy in South Suburban Conference play. Quarterback Jackson Erdmann also threw five touchdown passes in the first half for Rosemount, which improved to 2-1 overall.
Farmington took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter of its game at Red Wing as VanWinkle threw touchdown passes of 5 yards to Jordan DeCroock and 15 yards to Mac Bassett.
The Tigers pulled away in the second half with 23 unanswered points. Nick Buhta scored on a 12-yard run, VanWinkle threw a 15-yard scoring pass to C.J. Wynings and Spencer Kabran had a 3-yard touchdown run. Reid Taubenheim added a 32-yard field goal.
Farmington had 380 yards of total offense, including 259 rushing. Although he didn’t get into the end zone, Noah Kary was the Tigers’ most effective rusher with 155 yards in 28 carries.
Van Winkle completed 14 of 27 passes for 121 yards and three scores. Bassett and DeCroock had five catches each, and Wynings had four receptions.
Tigers linebacker Mason Auge had seven solo tackles and four assists, including two tackles for losses.
Farmington will try to remain unbeaten when it plays host to New Prague at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.
The Rosemount-Bloomington Kennedy game was scoreless until the final minute of the first quarter. Once Williams scored on his punt return, the dam burst.
There were six touchdowns in the second quarter – that’s right, six – with the Irish scoring five of them. Erdmann threw touchdown passes to Tyler Hartigan (35 yards), Grant Jackson (30 yards), Williams (68 yards), Jack Kessler (10 yards) and Williams again (23 yards) as Rosemount took a 40-7 halftime lead.
Lowell Green had two rushing touchdowns and Cole Jalivay one in the second half.
Erdmann completed five of 14 passes – meaning each of his completions went for a touchdown – for 166 yards. Green rushed for 110 yards on 14 carries.
Rosemount, 2-0 in the South Suburban Conference, goes to Prior Lake at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, for an important league game. Four teams are undefeated in conference play, but after Friday that number will be down to two. Prior Lake also is 2-0 in the league. Bloomington Jefferson (2-0) goes to Lakeville North (3-0) this week in another game between SSC leaders.