Farmington was content to grind out the yards with its power running game in a lopsided Week 1 victory over Grand Rapids. When Red Wing came out stacking the box in Friday night's Missota Conference opener, the Tigers had no trouble sending their attack airborne.
Senior quarterback Brent Beenken, who attempted just three passes against Grand Rapids, connected on three long touchdown strikes in the first half of Friday night's 44-0 shutout in Red Wing.
The Tigers have outscored the Wingers 191-25 in five meetings since the Wingers' 21-20 upset in October of 2004. The latest round of domination started fairly harmlessly when the Tigers recovered a fumble deep in Red Wing territory and couldn't take full advantage, settling for a 25-yard field goal by Nathan Wyatt.
After a defensive stop, the Tigers wasted no time extending their lead to double figures. With the Wingers still showcasing a defense focused on stopping the run, Beenken slung a quick strike over the middle to tight end Logan Hussung, who bolted 40 yards for a touchdown to make the score 10-0 with 2:44 left in the first.
The Tigers couldn't advance the ball into Red Wing territory on their next possession, and the Wingers looked poised to get on the board when punter Josh Zitzmann fell down on a fake punt attempt. But it didn't take Zitzmann long to redeem himself.
The senior batted down a fourth-down pass in the end zone to halt Red Wing's drive, then, a play later, snagged a pass from Beenken and sprinted 83 yards for the score. Zitzmann added a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter, giving him three interceptions and three touchdowns in two games.
It stayed 17-0 until just before halftime when Hussung once again hauled in a Beenken pass, broke away from the Red Wing secondary and strolled into the end zone uncontested for a 21-yard touchdown. That was the last completion of the night for Beenken, who finished 4 for 8 for 146 yards and three touchdowns.
Leading 23-0 at the break, the Tigers went back to their ground game in the second half. Senior running back Derek Waldbillig capped the first drive of the second half with a three-yard plunge to extend the lead to 30-0. Waldbillig, who took just six of the team's 35 carries in Week 1, handled the ball 15 times and piled up 110 of the team's 145 ground yards. Brian Grabowski accounted for just three of the team's 34 rush attempts, but one of them went for a six-yard touchdown that capped the scoring late in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, the Farmington defense was putting the finishing touches on a performance that saw them hold Red Wing to 103 rush yards on 38 attempts. Through the air, the Wingers completed just 2 of 9 passes for 12 yards.
The Tigers have outscored their two opponents a combined 85-13 and already stand as the only unbeaten team in the Missota Conference, but their first big test comes tomorrow night when defending league champion Hutchinson comes to Tiger Stadium for a matchup of league favorites. Hutch embarrassed the Tigers last year in Week 3, dominating from start to finish in a 40-8 blowout that was broadcast region-wide on FSN North.
Hutch went unbeaten in the Missota last season and outscored its opponents 328-87 before bowing out to Mankato West in the section playoffs. Coach Andy Rostberg's squad lost a tough non-conference road matchup 20-7 to defending Class AA state champion Glencoe-Silver Lake in Week 1, but bounced back with a 36-21 victory over Northfield in Week 2.