This was not how Adam Fischer imagined it.
The first-year Farmington coach may not have envisioned a victory over Rosemount, but he never figured the Tigers would lose their homecoming game 53-21 either.
The game Friday promised to be plenty difficult for Farmington before it even started. The Tigers had been outscored 181-22 in their previous three meetings against Rosemount. Defeating the Irish, ranked No. 4 in Class 6A, would have taken a near-perfect performance, a goal that dissipated on Farmington's first possession.
"We felt confident coming in," Fischer said. "We knew we would have to play really well to beat them, and we didn't do that. That's a great team over there."
A fumbled snap led to a quick 3-0 Rosemount lead. That lead was extended to 24-0 by the end of the first quarter as Rosemount took advantage of a Farmington interception and some ridiculously good field position. The Irish started three of their first four drives in Farmington territory and the fourth near midfield. Five first-half possessions started on the Tigers' side of midfield.
Rosemount (6-0) did just about anything it wanted after that, scoring each time it had the ball in the first half and racking up 51 points before halftime. The Irish had five touchdowns rushing, including a 48-yard run by Blake Storholm on a fake punt, and quarterback Jared Hanson added two touchdown passes to his favorite receiver, Simon Hatlen. The Irish topped their previous season-high point total by 10 points — with another half still to play.
Farmington (2-4) got two fourth-quarter touchdowns from Christian Groves. By then, the game had been long out of reach.
If the score wasn't enough to make the night a disappointment for Farmington, two injured players were taken from the field by ambulance, once in each half, prompting lengthy delays each time. Neither injury was life-threatening, but the mood of the homecoming crowd was certainly dampened.
"That's difficult to lose players like that," Fischer said. "But we'll come back and work hard and we'll see where the kids are at."