Friday Night Nightmare at North
By Pat Rupp
What could go wrong did Friday night as the Tigers slogged their way through a 64-17 South Suburban Conference loss at state-ranked Lakeville North.
For openers, leading rebounder Caden Freetly was out for the second straight game mononucleosis and a couple of his teammates were also battling illness.
Then in the first minute of play, leading scorer Sam Wilson went down with an ankle injury and did not return. For good measure, Miles Mendes, the Tigers’ only other size to combat the Panthers’ big front line, took a hit and sat most of the first half. It was one of those nights.
“North is a state title contender that would have given us all we could handle with a full lineup,” Tiger coach Tharen Johnson said.
“After Sam went down I think our guys were a little shell-shocked and we lost our composure.”
All of this resulted in a nightmare of a first half that saw the visitors looking up at a large deficit at the break.
The Tigers fared a little better after intermission but by then this loss, Farmington’s fifth in a row, had been long since decided.
Johnson said that the lopsided defeat was not without a positive or two, however.
“I was proud of the way the guys we had left regrouped and battled the second half,” he said. “Brock Mogensen provided a lift and some much needed toughness for us.
“Some of our sophomore guards–Jamer Shrum, Adam Weed, and Jacob Bormann–had some nice passes setting up teammates in the second half, and some JV guys came in and played hard filling in with guys out.”
Only four Farmington players made it into the scoring column with Mogensen leading the way with nine points.
Next week but the schedule doesn’t promise much relief. The Tigers travel to Apple Valley on Tuesday to take on South Suburban Conference-leading Apple Valley.
Farmington (8-14) led Valley most of the way when the two teams met in Farmington last month only to lose in overtime on all-state guard Tre Jones’ buzzer-beater.
Friday the Tigers are back on the road, this time at Rosemount. Farmington beat the Irish 62-44 earlier in the season.