Originally published October 6, 2018 at 07:00a.m., updated October 6, 2018 at 01:00a.m.
FARMINGTON -- After Seth Howard's 13-yard run put Greenbrier up by two touchdowns late in the third quarter, coach Randy Tribble felt good about his team's chances to win.
But when his team scored for the third-straight possession off a Farmington turnover, he knew the Panthers would walk away with the 5A-West Conference victory.
Greenbrier 28, Farmington 14
Greenbrier 7 0 14 7 — 28
Farmington 0 7 0 7 — 14
Green – Johnson 15 run (Powell kick), 9:08
Farm – Rominger 1 run (Sturgeon kick), 9:14
Green – Barnard 21 pass from Johnson (Powell kick), 3:54
Green – Howard 13 run (Powell kick), 1:12
Green – Hogan 13 pass from Johnson (Powell kick), 7:00
Farm – Donovan 1 run (Sturgeon kick), 4:48
"It was a momentum builder for us," Tribble said. "They kind of ignited us, and we scored off a few of them. They were a big difference maker in the game."
The Panthers (4-2, 2-1) forced four turnovers in the second half and blocked a punt to ignite a 21-point run that proved too much for Farmington (3-3, 1-2) to overcome in Greenbrier's 28-14 win over the Cardinals on Friday night.
"We played really hard, but we didn't play smart," Farmington coach Mike Adams said. "Two things hurt us: our inability to run the ball on offense consistently and then the big thing is we turned the ball three times on their side of the field."
Toward the end of the third quarter and into the fourth, the Cardinals had three straight possessions that ended with a turnover -- two fumbles and one interception -- that Greenbrier turned into touchdowns. Panther quarterback Andrew Johnson threw for two of those scores to finish the game with three total touchdowns.
Greenbrier's defense also disrupted Farmington's offense, holding the Cardinals to 92 yards rushing in the game with the team only averaging less than 3 yards per rush.
"We want to run power stuff at you, and we could never get that going," Adams said.
Both teams had entered the halftime tied, a score that reflected how the game had been going at that point with neither team being able to find the end zone for most of the half. Farmington and Greenbrier had chances to get some points on the board, but both teams missed field goals.
After giving up a touchdown on Greenbrier's first possession, Farmington's blitz-heavy defense kept the pressure on the Panthers in the first half, which saw Tony Mayo, Jacob Rogers and Trace South all coming away with a sack.
South's play set up the Cardinals' lone score in the second quarter after he forced a fumble that led to a 1-yard Rhett Rominger touchdown run, which tied the game up until about four minutes left in the third quarter when Ryan Barnard scored off a 21-yard pass from Johnson.
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