A few big plays do in the Jaguars in road loss

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Farmington broke open a close game Friday night with two fourth quarter touchdowns in a rematch of last season’s Class 4A state quarterfinal. The Scorpions won on their home turf, 21-10.

It was a small measure of revenge for the 39-12 Valencia playoff win last year, as both teams lost a lot of talent to graduation.

News-Bulletin file photo: Andrew Yamamoto caught an Anthony Gonzalez touchdown pass in Friday’s game at Farmington High. The Jags lost 21-10, and have a bye week before hosting Gallup for the District 6-4A opener on Friday, Oct. 12.

The Jaguars take their 0-5 record into the bye week and will have two weeks to prepare for the district-opening visit by Gallup (2-3) on Friday, Oct. 12.

At Farmington, Valencia grabbed a quick lead on Caleb Crum’s 27-yard field goal, according to a report from the Farmington Daily-Times. The kick came with 5:31 left in the first quarter and the Jaguars held the 3-0 lead until halftime.

It was still a close contest through the third quarter, even though Farmington (3-2) gained the lead on Brian Farley’s 51-yard touchdown run just 1:30 into period.

Down 7-3, Valencia punted, and Scorpion return man Kyle Reynolds broke through about six Jaguar tackles on the way to a 76-yard scoring run that broke the spirit of the Jaguars.

Running back Essiel Carrasco capped off the Farmington win with a 21-yard touchdown run with about three minutes left in the game.

Farley led the Scorps in rushing with 97 yards on seven carries, although the Jaguars outgained Farmington, 203-197 on the ground.

Valencia finally found the end zone with about one minute left in the game when quarterback Anthony Gonzalez hit wide receiver Andrew Yamamoto on a four-yard touchdown pass.

Gonzalez had a nice night throwing the ball, hitting 9-of-18 for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also added 84 yards on 13 carries.

Valencia coach Kevin Jolley could not be reached for comment by press time.


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