Tigers roll, but barely register in polls

Football team to face Chaska for Missota lead

Farmington’s Mason Gaylord (22) and Nick Ruark (36) converge on New Prague receiver Nathan Zweber. Photo by Rick Orndorf
Farmington’s Mason Gaylord (22) and Nick Ruark (36) converge on New Prague receiver Nathan Zweber. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Midway through the regular season, Farmington is one of six undefeated teams in Class 6A, which consists of 32 of the state’s largest high school football programs.

The Tigers, however, did not crack the top 10 in the state Associated Press poll until this week, when they were tied for ninth. They face probably their toughest opponent so far this season when they go to Chaska for a Missota Conference game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and a victory perhaps could grab the pollsters’ attention.

Chaska, like Farmington, is 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Missota. Chaska is ranked fifth in Class 5A. The winner of Friday’s game will take the lead in the Missota Conference.

Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Lakeville North, East Ridge and Maple Grove are the other 4-0 teams in Class 6A, and all were ranked in the top 10 last week. Farmington was the only team among the Class 6A unbeatens that had to wait until this week to be ranked. Schedule strength might be working against Farmington in the pollsters’ eyes. The combined record of the Tigers’ first four opponents is 2-15.

But they have defeated everybody that’s been put in front of them so far, although last Friday’s 19-3 victory over New Prague might have been harder work than they expected. Farmington committed seven turnovers, including five interceptions, and trailed the winless Trojans 3-0 at halftime.

The Tigers took over in the third quarter, scoring two touchdowns. Noah Kary, who rushed for a game-high 119 yards, scored on a 2-yard run and C.J. Wynings caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tyler VanWinkle. Nick Ruark added a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Farmington gained 257 yards rushing, most of it by Kary and Nick Buhda (12 carries, 84 yards). VanWinkle passed for 200 yards, and Mac Bassett had four receptions for 105 yards.

New Prague was unable to do anything on the ground, rushing for minus-6 yards in 16 attempts. The Trojans threw for 194 yards but had to put the ball in the air 51 times.

After Farmington plays Chaska, its remaining regular-season games are against Chanhassen (2-2), Holy Angels (1-3) and Shakopee (2-2).