Farmington spoils football home opener
The Wildcat defense forced four turnovers and returned two interceptions for touchdowns, but Farmington (Minn.) held on for a 30-20 victory in River Falls’ home opener Friday night at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.
Linebacker Sebastian Larson hauled in a tipped pass and returned it 60-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and the Wildcats trailed by just four, 10-6, at halftime. But Farmington’s Jordan DeCrook returned the second half kickoff 89-yards for a touchdown, and after a River Falls fumble on the ensuing possession, Tiger quarterback Tyler VanWinkle tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Dittman to give Farmington a 23-6 lead just over two minutes into the second half.
River Falls’ defensive back Tim Rixmann picked off a VanWinkle pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown to make it a 23-12 game, but VanWinkle answered on the Tigers next possession with his third touchdown pass of the game, and 11-yarder to DeCrook, to give Farmington a 30-12 lead with one quarter remaining.
River Falls’ final points came in the final minute on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback James Witt and a two-point conversion pass from Witt to Larson
See the Sept. 5 print edition of the River Falls Journal for the complete story.