Coach: Mike Adams, 13th season at Farmington
2015 Record: 5-5
Returning Offensive Starters: 4
Returning Defensive Starters: 5
Key Players: SR Jake Oskey LB, JR Trey Waggle QB, SR Tanner Barnes LT
FARMINGTON (KFSM)--Two points. That's how close Farmington came to making the 5A playoffs last season after tying with Vilonia for the final spot.
"We went back, looked through the film and picked out about ten or twelve plays. That's less than one percent of the plays we ran, but those ten or twelve plays kept us out of the playoffs," said head coach Mike Adams.
Adams, in his thirteenth season with the Cardinals faces one of his toughest challenges yet: a lack of experience across the board. Farmington brings back just nine starters from 2015.
"Tanner Barnes is a returning starter at left tackle for us, but all the four other guys are brand new. And offensive line is where maturity and experience count more than any other position on the field. So you know, it's kind of scary going into the season with four new guys up there," Adams said.
Behind Barnes in the pocket is last year's backup quarterback Trey Waggle. The junior is the younger brother of two year starter Bryce Waggle. Caleb Williams returns at running back after averaging six yards per carry last season. Waggle has a pair of solid targets to throw in senior Trenton McChristian and junior Xavier Staten. The two combined for over 500 yards and 7 touchdowns last year.
On the defensive side of the ball, experience comes at the linebacker position with three seniors: Kelton Price, Jake Oskey and Stump Thomas. Price is confident in his classmates' leadership,
"Sometimes it's hard getting everyone on track, but usually once the seniors get lined up, everybody follows. We've got a good group of younger guys who are really motivated," Price said.
Adams and his senior class have tried to instill the message of 'every play counts' and 'every rep counts' throughout fall camp. The next couple of weeks build up to the season opening rivalry game. Farmington travels to Prairie Grove on September 2nd at 7pm. The Cardinals look for their third consecutive win over the Tigers.
<Offensively we're really young. We've only got three seniors over there that play a significant amount of time, so we're trying to catch up to the defensive side of the ball. But hopefully we'll be able to rally to that>
<One season after tying for the final playoff spot but missing out by just two points, Coach Mike Adams looks to lead the Cardinals deep into the postseason. From Farmington High School, Andrew Scaglione, 5NEWS Sports>