FOOTBALL: Farmington hoping to fly past its rival, push program's glory forward |
FARMINGTON – The pendulum may be swinging in the city of Farmington’s high school football scene.
Traditional “Little Brother,” Farmington could be on the verge of usurping historic “Big Brother,” Farmington Hills Harrison as the top dog in the area’s prep pecking order on the gridiron.
Farmington is loaded with talent, youth, experience and depth.
As a result, the foreseeable future in the confines of Farmington might be painted Falcons’ blue and white, instead of Hawks’ green and gold.
“We’re pretty stacked right now,” bluntly said Farmington head coach John Bechtel after a recent practice during the first week of training camp. “We’ve got great overall speed, quickness and athleticism and we’ve got it on both sides of the ball. We’ll be strong up front and tough to defend at the skill positions. The atmosphere around here is all business.”
Bechtel’s Falcons have qualified for the playoffs in six of the last seven campaigns, bolstered by five straight appearances entering the 2013 season.
However, Farmington hasn’t beaten Harrison in four years; since upending the Hawks in back-to-back regular-seasons in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
This year, the Falcons have more than a solid shot at turning that streak back around in their favor.
Aiding to their cause and in a sequence of events that has the chance at acting as an insult-added-to-injury scenario for their rivals, Farmington’s highly-touted youth contingent is almost entirely made up of transfers from across town at Harrison (JV players for the Hawks in 2012.
At the forefront of the Falcons’ newcomer-brigade is Desmond Fitzpatrick, a sophomore wide receiver that has yet to play a varsity down, but already holds Division I scholarship offers, including one from the Big 10 and Indiana University.
Jakkar Jackson (LB-RB), Aaron Perry (WR) and the Watson brothers, Josh (WR-CB) and Brian (CB-RB) are the other Harrison transplants