Monday, November 3, 2008

PLAYOFFS: Farmington vs. Southfield

**6-4 DeAndre Sutton goes up for a catch**
**QB Eddie Beal is a true playmaker**
**Sophomore Neno Jones had success running the ball**
**Sophomore QB Matt Craven has a bright future**

Southfield- The 8-1 Blue Jays were heavy favorites Saturday afternoon as they hosted a Farmington team who started the season 0-3 but won six straight to qualify for the playoffs. But Farmington showed that fight that got them into the playoffs by giving Southfield a big wake up call in the first half.

The Falcons limited Southfield for the first two quarters; and even when Southfield recovered a Farmington fumble on Farmington's 23 yard line the Blue Jays couldn't muster a single yard.

Meanwhile the Falcons were able to move the ball downfield by relying on the running of sophomore Neno Jones. Farmington was able to keep Southfield's offense off of the field but the Falcons just couldn't finish any drives and the game stayed scoreless till the final minute of the second quarter. That's when Southfield retained possession with 1:13 to play and quarterback Eddie Beal went to work. Beal picked apart the Falcons cover 2 defense and moved the ball 70 yards downfield. With time running out Southfield settled for a 21 yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead at the half.

Beal continued where he left off in the third quarter by hooking up with DeAndre Sutton for a 28 yard touchdown in the corner of the endzone to take a 9-0 lead with 6:15 left in the third, the extra point was blocked.

The 9-0 lead took Farmington out of their preferred offense, to run the ball, and forced the Falcons to go to the air. In the fourth quarter Southfield's Antoine Lee picked off a screen pass and returned it 30 yards for a 16-0 lead with less than three minutes in the game.


the Blue Jays are loaded with pure athletes at every position. They are just physically intimidating and you knew it was just a matter of time before they took control of the game, even though they didn't play their best game. Southfield seems to be determined to run the ball but they found more success throwing the ball.

the Falcons struggled to go 0-3 to start the season but as they developed they finished the year as a pretty competitive football team, and that says allot for a team that relies on a handful of sophomores on both sides of the ball. I'm expecting big things from Farmington in a year or two.

Offensive MVP: Eddie Beal, Southfield-
the QB did a good job of moving around the pocket to buy some time, he never panicked and scrambled, just bought another second and delivered the ball downfield. He has a soft touch and delivers the ball to his receivers in stride.

Defensive MVP: Charles Jackson, Southfield-
the senior D-tackle sizes up at 6-2/225 of pure brute strength. He just bulldozed the Farmington O-line and made plays in the backfield. I would like to see him play D-end because he has real good speed but he's strong enough to be successful at D-tackle.

Farmington sophomores:
The Falcons were led by four sophomores, Neno Jones (RB), Matt Craven (QB), Dae'Von Scarber (WR/C), and Mitch Sanders (WR/LB). Jones is a talented back while Craven is skilled at 6-3 with good foot speed.

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