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Farmington throttles Avondale in key early-season OAA Blue battle

By: Scott Burnstein, September 12, 2014, 10:00 pm

FARMINGTON – The host Farmington Falcons flew away with their OAA Blue showdown against Auburn Hills Avondale Friday night, blasting the Yellow Jackets 35-0 in a game that was practically over before it started.

Farmington senior quarterback Kyle Collins found junior wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick for 60-yard touchdown bomb on the opening snap of the contest, setting the tone for the rest of the way.

From a defensive perspective, Farmington neutralized Avondale senior tailback and Cincinnati-commit Josh Holloman, holding him to just 31 yards on the ground.

On top 21-0 at the half, the Falcons had Avondale (2-1, 1-1) in a vice-grip all evening long, scoring their final points early in the fourth quarter, which sent the affair to a running-clock. Prior to the season, Farmington and Avondale were tabbed the frontrunners in the race for the OAA Blue title.

With the victory, Farmington upped its record to 2-1, an unblemished 2-0 in league action. After enduring a lopsided loss to rival Farmington Hills Harrison in Week 1, the Falcons have won two straight.

“We’re getting better and better each week,” longtime Farmington head coach John Bechtel said. “We have a lot of balance. If we keep moving in the same direction, I think we can be pretty good."

Fitzpatrick (6 catches, 110 yards) recorded another touchdown in the second half and junior running back Jakkar Jackson added two rushing scores (3 and 6 yards respectively). Senior safety Damon Williams spurred the Falcons’ defense with a pair of interceptions and a sack.

Avondale dropped its first game of the campaign on Friday with a listless effort, racking up penalties at a high-rate, one of which negated a long touchdown pass between Yellow Jackets’ junior quarterback Travis Janes and senior flanker Jalen Saunders.

"We just couldn’t get anything going and repeatedly shot ourselves in the foot," said a frank Yellow Jackets’ head coach Steve Deutsch. "They (Farmington) beat us up in the trenches."