(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- On their very first play to start the game, New Madrid County Central quarterback Corey Guest scrambled for an exciting 34 yard gain.
It would be the only excitement Eagle fans would enjoy, however.
Following Guest's run, NMCC coughed up it's first of three possession-ending fumbles which set up the visiting Farmington Knights for their first of many scores that were to come.
"That's inexperience," NMCC coach Arlen Pixley said. "We've got guys in there that should have had two hands on the ball and finish with our pads low and on the ground."
Farmington blistered the Eagles through the air, on the ground and on the scoreboard, 60-0 on Friday night.
"I don't think we played very well," Pixley said. "I thing our four-quarter effort was really good but, we just have a young bunch. We just played a very quality group. (Farmington) is a lot better in person that what I thought.
"Most people that wow you are like that."
The potent Farmington offense racked up 306 total yards of offense while taking advantage of short fields and four NMCC turnovers. The Knights poured on 37 points in the first quarter and 21 more in the second.
They were just as impressive on the defensive side, limiting NMCC to 53 total yards.
"Their Jimmy's are better than our Joe's right now," Pixley said. "We're real young. It's not an excuse being young. You still have to play just like they did. But, they're a very experienced bunch that have a lot of guys back on their squad in critical positions."
After obtaining possession following the Eagles' first blunder, it didn't take long for Farmington to go up on top.
In just five plays spanning 53 yards, Connor Davault capped the drive with an 11 yard touchdown run. Nearly one and a half minute later, Doug Warren picked off an NMCC pass and ran it back for a 17-yard touchdown return.
A 20-yard run and a 60-yard punt return by Davault, a safety during NMCC's third punt of the quarter and a 4-yard run by Farmington quarterback Chase Busenbark, who threw for 123 yards, put the Knights well in control with a 37-0 lead after the first quarter.
Anthony Greco scored twice in the second quarter -- both on short runs -- while Doug Warren, who caught four passes for 103 yards, hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Farmington's second string signal caller, Justin Boehm, in the second quarter.
The Knights (3-0) led 58-0 at the half securing their fate and a running clock throughout the last two quarters.
Keeping with their second and third string options, Farmington managed their second safety of the night in the third quarter.
Guest led the Eagles (0-3) on the ground with 23 yards -- most of which came on NMCC's first run of the game. Stanley Smith finished with 22 rushing yards, which came all in one run in the second half.
"My hats off to Farmington," Pixley said. "They did a great job. We did some things well in places and we played a little better in the second half against their two's and three's.
"We're going to learn. We've learned a lot from our last three games and we're starting to do some things that we really like as a coaching staff."
F -- Connor Davault 11 run, 9:59 (Logan Bradley kick good).
F -- Doug Warren 17 interception return, 9:25 (Bradley kick good).
F -- Connor Davault 2 run, 7:04 (Bradley kick good).
F -- Connor Davault 60 punt return, 5:25 (Bradley kick good).
F -- Safety, 3:23.
F -- Chase Busenbark 4 run, 1:19 (Bradley kick good).
F -- Anthony Greco 2 run, 9:38 (Bradley kick good).
F -- Justin Boehm 25 pass to Doug Warren, 3:46 (Bradley kick good).
F -- Anthony Greco 3 run, 1:22 (Bradley kick good)
F -- Safety, 3:48
Farmington -- Connor Davault 5-28, Chase Busenbark 4-1, Anthony Greco 7-32, Wade Patterson 3-9, Calvin Lynch 3-(-5), Tim Bretz 8-68, Carl Wheeler 1-0. NMCC -- Corey Guest 5-23, Jashawn McDaniel 14-18, Damien Glispie 2-5, Jimmy Caldwell 1-1, Gabe Smith 1-(-16), T.J. Clark 2-6, Jimmy Ash 3-(-27), Shermon Taylor 3-6, Stanley Smith 1-22, Willie Jimerson 1-2.
Farmington -- Chase Busenbark 6-8-0 123, Justin Boehm 2-2-0 28, Calvin Lynch 3-8-0 22. NMCC -- Corey Guest 1-7-1 5, Jimmy Ash 1-1-0 8.
Farmington -- Doug Warren 4-103, Kyle Hartrup 1-15, Alec Sebastian 1-2, Connor Davault 2-21, Nicky Greco 1-4, Cameron Cortor 1-5. NMCC -- Jimmy Caldwell 1-5, Shermon Taylor 1-8.