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High school football: Farmington collects itself, trounces Woods Cross in Region 5 showdown

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Farmington’s Brayden Wilson blocks Woods Cross’ Sione Mamata’s punt in Woods Cross on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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WOODS CROSS — For a team suddenly struggling with its composure, the Farmington High football team faced a tough challenge Friday as it traveled to Woods Cross for the unbeaten Wildcats’ homecoming game.

The Phoenix are clearly back on track following a 41-21 victory.

“(Against) Lone Peak and … Box Elder, our emotions were all over the place, but this one they stayed nice and calm and just trusted what they know,” Farmington head coach Daniel Coats said.

Farmington (5-1, 2-0 Region 5) didn’t look calm in the early going after Woods Cross (5-1, 1-1 Region 5) scored touchdowns on its first two drives. But the Phoenix grabbed momentum with a fumble recovery and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that gave them the ball at the Wildcats’ 11 early in the second quarter and never relinquished it.

Farmington outscored Woods Cross 21-0 in the second quarter and continued shutting down the Wildcats throughout the second half.

“Our practices are so competitive, so we’re already at (a high level) I feel like,” Phoenix quarterback Wyatt Evertsen said. “We’re ready to go out there and compete.”

Farmington marched down the field for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive, with Evertsen carrying the ball into the end zone from a yard out. The Phoenix converted a third-and-13 early in the drive to fuel the effort.

Woods Cross converted its own third-and-long (third-and-10) on its first drive, as Carter Weierman found Luke Hyde for a 49-yard completion. Hyde later capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run.

Farmington was stopped on fourth-and-3 from the Woods Cross 37 on its next drive, and the Wildcats quickly found the end zone again. Weierman connected with Braden Freestone for a 30-yard touchdown.

After a three-and-out, Woods Cross’ offense was back on the field, but then momentum swung with a botched snap that Farmington recovered. Needing only 11 yards following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, the Phoenix quickly capitalized. Three plays later, Hayden Toone ran for a 1-yard touchdown.

Woods Cross marched into Farmington territory on its next two drives but was stopped on fourth down each time. The Phoenix made sure not to squander the momentum with touchdown drives following each stop.

Andrew Quinton hauled in a 9-yard touchdown pass with 7:29 left in the first half, then caught a 25-yard touchdown pass with 28.3 seconds left, giving Farmington a 28-14 lead at halftime.

A partially blocked punt gave Farmington the ball at the Woods Cross 24 in the third quarter. Moments later, Evertsen ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 6:17 left in the period.

Chandler Williams intercepted a pass to give the Phoenix another short field in the fourth quarter, and Evertsen lobbed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Wilcox.

Evan Blanchard caught a touchdown pass from Weierman with 5.5 seconds left in the game to get Woods Cross its final points of the night.

“Honestly, they could play anywhere,” Coats said. “They could be in the most hostile environment. They take on this persona it’s us against the world and I love it. They take on it’s them versus us in practice and as soon as they come out here it’s them versus the entire city of Woods Cross. It’s just their mindset — willing and ready for the challenge of anything — and they do amazing at it.”