By Ben Murphy
Farwell dug itself a big hole in its football season opener on Thursday, Aug. 29 and the Eagles couldn’t dig themselves out, falling 36-19 to host Coleman.
“It was a tough one, they’re a good football team,” Farwell head coach Alan Esterline said. “We just had too many turnovers. We put the ball on the ground six times so it was one of those deals wehre you just can’t make mistakes against good teams.” We made a couple mistakes, they capitalized on it and we ended up on the short end of the stick.”
The Comets got on the scoreboard first, reaching the end zone with 3:33 to play in the first on a 15-yard pass play. Coleman added a two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
The Eagles responded quickly though, getting an 85-yard kick return for a touchdown by Walter Mosby. A failed two-point attempt left the score 8-6.
Coleman wasted no time in responding for its second score of the night, getting a 65-yard pass play and a two-point conversion with 3:07 left in the first to make it 16-6.
The Comets continued to pad their lead with a 45-yard passing touchdown with two minutes left in the half and addedanother two-point conversion to make it 24-6.
Farwell continued its strong special teams play, getting Dylan Brown to return the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, making it 24-12 at the half.
“Special teams wise we did a real nice job,” Esterline said. Offensively we got the ball moving at times but then we put it on the ground. We played the whole first half on our own 30-yard line which made it pretty tough. We didn’t finish drives, we got them started and didn’t finish.”
Coleman scored the only points in the third quarter on a one yard touchdown run that made it 30-12, with Brown running in from 30 yards out midway through the fourth quarter and Farwell added an extra point by Jacob Sutton to make it 30-19.
The Comets added its last score with just over four minutes to play in the game, getting a one yard run to make it the 36-19 final.
Brandon Turner completed five-of-11 passes for 66 yards, Noah Wilson ran 19 times for 77 yards on the ground, Brown had eight touches for 62 yards, Seth Baginski had two receptions for 26 yards, Brown had one catch for 20 yards and Mosby had two catches for 20 yards.
Ryan Simmons led the defense with 11 tackles, Baginski had seven, Mosby brought down six and Wilson had five.
Farwell (0-1) hosts Marion (1-0) tonight (Friday). Farwell won last year’s meeting between the teams 42-7 but Marion is coming off a 26-20 win over Brethren in week one.
“Marion is a very physical team,” Esterline said. “They have a big running back that runs awful hard. They come right at you so we’re going to have to step up to the punch and make some tackles and get after them offensively and see how it works. If we hang on to the ball it should be an awful good game.”