FFN Countdown Day 9: Farmington Cardinals
Coach: Mike Adams
2012: 7-4, 4-3
Returning Starters: 7 OFF/6 DEF
Sept. 6 Huntsville
Sept. 13 at West Fork
Sept. 20 at Paris
Sept. 27 Gentry
Oct. 4 Prairie Grove
Oct. 11 at Berryville
Oct. 18 at Gravette
Oct. 25 Ozark
Nov. 1 at Pea Ridge
Nov. 8 Lincoln
Starting eight sophomores on a Friday night can be a disaster. Last year for Farmington, it was. They finished fourth place in the 4A-1 conference, including and a first round exit in the playoffs. But now they reap the benefits.
“It makes it a whole heck of a lot easier,” said senior linebacker John Larabee. “You don’t have to teach new positions to new players. They’re going to come in with a lot of experience they already had.
“The sophomores becoming juniors and juniors becoming seniors, were’ going to know what to do,” said senior offensive tackle Michael Ryan. “They’ll know the tempo we need to play at.”
The offensive and defensive lines will be the strength, with an average weight of 270 pounds.
“It’s going to help a lot,” said senior defensive tackle Thomas Clay. “The size of the defensive line is going to keep the (offensive) linemen off the linebackers so we can fly through the hole and makes some tackles.”
“And then offensively if we get ahead of you, we’re going to pound the ball at you,” said head coach Mike Adams. “We’ve got some big kids to do it with.”
It’s a great recipe for success, especially with the physical style arch rival Prairie Grove plays. Farmington has the numbers to match up with the best.
“I feel like our kids have great expectations,” said Adams. “They expect to win championships and we’re looking forward to the competing for one this year.”
Farmington has made the playoffs each of the last ten years. They start that journey again, week one against Huntsville.