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Prep football: Peterson helps Farmington pull away from Layton 43-21

By Bob Judson - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Sep 22, 2023

LAYTON -- There were a lot of firsts for the Farmington High football team Friday night against Layton.

First win of the year, which also meant first Region 1 victory and, not coincidently, the first touchdown for Phoenix junior running back Lucas Peterson, who went on to total three.

"Our line was so good today. We worked all week and we were ready for this," Peterson said. "I give all the credit to my line. Just run the ball as hard as I can; doing what I can."

At least for one night, Farmington was hopeful a 43-21 victory over the Lancers will be a launching pad for success going forward.

"We needed it. I wanted it. I think this is a warmup; we're going to do good the rest of the season," Peterson said. "This is the game that is going to get us going."

If Peterson into the end zone sounded like a rerun to the Layton homecoming crowd, his story didn't change either.

"O-line had great blocks and I read those blocks and went right in. Just turned on my wheels and started going," Peterson said.

After a 16-7 lead at halftime, Farmington (1-5, 1-1 Region 1) scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away.

Senior quarterback Easton Wight moved the Phoenix downfield on three plays covering 76 yards and connected with Jake Metcalfe for a 17-yard TD pass just 1 minute and 12 seconds into the period, upping the bulge to 24-7.

Metcalfe then turned to defense and caught a Layton pass for an interception. Peterson cashed the turnover into paydirt with a 26-yard touchdown burst and Farmington led 30-14 with 6:34 left in the quarter.

Wight and receiver Charlie Deanda climaxed a 20-point period with a 45-yard pass and run, making it 36-14 as time expired.

"We just knew we weren't finished. We should have been beating them by a lot more," Peterson said of Farmington's third-quarter explosion. "We came out and did what we had to do."

Peterson's third touchdown tally, a 15-yarder, wrapped up Farmington's scoring and increased the wipeout to 43-14.

Layton (0-6, 0-2) chipped away with a 1-yard scoring sneak by quarterback Madden Sargent at 1:07 left in the third period and a 14-yard Sargent to Dylan Bingham touchdown pass late in the fourth, but it wasn't nearly enough.

Sargent finished 18 of 32 passing for 182 yards and the one TD toss, and ran for two scores. Bingham had seven catches and 64 yards for the Lancers.

Farmington led 16-7 at the half and special teams had a lot to do with the early advantage.

Senior kicker Andrew Romney capped Farmington's first possession on a 40-yard field goal midway through the quarter for a 3-0 edge.

Layton punted on its next try and, while the initial Phoenix drive took a tedious 10 plays, Travis Hoopes covered the distance on only one play with an 87-yard kick return, making it 9-0 at the 32-second mark of the first period.

The Lancers got on the board with 8:06 left in the second stanza by way of a 10-play, 82-yard journey of 4 minutes and 26 seconds when Sargent scored on a short keeper, closing the gap to 9-7.

Farmington countered with a similar drive, marching the same 82 yards on eight plays and 4:25 clock time, to lead 16-7 at the break. Peterson rushed the final 6 yards for the touchdown.

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