Ryan Davis (6) keeps a read-option instead of handing off to Frank Torrez (1) during Sargent's 56-26 rout of Gilpin County. Next up for the Farmers is West Grand on Saturday at 2 p.m. (Courier photo by Stephen Jiron)
ALAMOSA — Within the Southwest league the Farmers have flourished having gone a perfect 6-0 this year. Outside of the Southwest they are taking steps in the right direction earning their first non-league win last week against the Gilpin County Eagles.
This week while they will be facing a familiar opponent it is another non-league game. Sargent will have to defeat the West Grand Mustangs in order to advance to next week’s semifinals.
They are familiar because these two teams are meeting in the same weekend as last year with similar stakes. Last year the Mustangs went 8-1 through the regular season with 5 league wins. They eliminated Dayspring Christian Academy in the first round 42-23, before their meeting with Sargent in the quarterfinals. Sargent went a perfect 9-0 sweeping their league 6-0. In the first round they downed Soroco 60-20. In the quarterfinals Sargent ran roughshod over the Mustangs 63-30 in a game where the Farmer rushers contributed 6 touchdowns.
This year while the teams are meeting in the quarterfinals again things are slightly different, as it was West Grand that got out of the regular season unscathed this year. And instead of the quarterfinal taking place in Monte Vista, this year it will be in Kremmling, CO.
As with most 8 man squads the Mustangs are a run first team with 80 percent of the snaps resulting in runs. On the ground the Mustangs are supplanted by a stable of backs led by third year rusher Hugh Wheatley.
Wheatley has collected 921 yards for 14 touchdowns. Wheatley shares carries with Luis Dominguez who has picked up 621 yards and a whopping 20 touchdowns. The Mustangs pass by committee as well with Brady Gore getting the majority of the snaps with 55 passes going for 876 yards and 7 touchdowns. But Dominguez has also spent some time under center with 18 passes for 310 for 4 touchdowns.
The Farmers utilize Ryan Davis in a similar manner with Davis passing for 1,031 yards and rushing 879 more. Davis has amassed 26 touchdowns for the Farmers thus far.
Sargent will go on the road for a quarterfinal rematch from last year with West Grand this Saturday Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.