Farmington Tigers Football '07

Sun, Oct 21, 2007 01:00 PM @ Pelham
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Farmington 0 0 0 0 0
Pelham 24 20 14 0 58

Pythons shut out Tigers

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Monday, October, 22 By Tim Donovan
Staff writer

Pelham junior Bruce Vieira found the end zone five times, helping Pelham pound Farmington 58-0 in a game that was postponed twice over the weekend due to rain and field conditions.

Vieira's first touchdown was a 43-yard punt return that was nearly called back when an unsportsmanlike conduct flag was thrown against one of his blockers. Fortunately for Vieira and the Pythons, a Farmington player retaliated and the penalties negated one another.

The 2006 Eagle-Tribune All-Star also ran a fumble back for a score, had touchdown runs of 56 and 24 yards and even scored on a lateral from Dave Wesson after the latter had intercepted a pass. He also had a punt return for a score that was called back for holding.

He finished the game with 124 yards on only 10 carries, breaking the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season. He now has 1,034 yards on 103 rushes.

The Pythons managed a 24-point first quarter and a 20-point second quarter effectively put the game away by halftime against an exhausted Farmington team.

The Tigers dressed just 18 players for the game, four of which were eighth graders and unable to play. Their roster had been decimated by the arrival of first quarter grades, and most of the linemen played on both sides of the ball the entire game.

"We just played a team that's suffering right now," said Pelham coach Tom Babaian. "Our kids played well, but I was just hoping it would be a little more crisp. We should have run the plays a little better."

Defensively, Max Roth and David Wesson both came up big for Pelham. Roth was regularly in the backfield with a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown. Not to be outdone, Wesson made a beautiful grab on a lobbed pass over the middle and took off for the end zone. When his progress was stopped at the 13-yard line, he flipped a lateral to Vieira who carried the ball the rest.

"Next week we play Newport, which is going to be a tough game for us," said Babaian. "Hopefully we can step up our play on both sides of the ball."

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