Alma rolls past Farmington in the second half.
It's not how you start but what you do in the second and third quarters.
Alma answered that pretty emphatically Friday behind the play of senior quarterback Garrison Jensen.
Jensen ran for three touchdowns and threw touchdown passes to Brayden Johnson and Tyler Alexander as the Airedales celebrated Homecoming with a 42-18 rout of the Farmington Cardinals.
"They (Farmington) did exactly what we thought they would do. Big and physical up front and put some drives together," Alma coach Doug Loughridge said. "We were fortunate enough to put some drives together and get some turnovers on defense. Offensively, I knew when we finally got going that we were going to be OK."
Jensen made sure of that.
He scored from a yard out to help Alma grab a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter. His 9-yard run later in the half made it 14-6.
Jensen then turned it on to open the third quarter, capping a six-play, 62-yard drive with a 22-yard touchdown run. The drive included a 23-yard strike to Dillon Crims on third-and-eight, followed by a 13-yard pass to Peyton Canfield.
"Felix Wright went out with an injury and we had some other kids step up," Jensen said. "We were playing hard; that's what you expect from an Airedale."
Alexander capped his final homecoming game with a 49-yard interception return and a 9-yard touchdown reception.
"Kenneth Standley tipped the ball up, and I managed to get underneath it, and I took off — it was a foot race," Alexander said. "I should have cut in."
After being held to 96 yards total offense in the first half, and scoring on drives of 39 and 9 yards, Alma finished the second half with 319 total yards.
Jensen was 17-of-24 through the air for 228 yards.
He set up the next score by hitting Caleb Lamproe with a 33-yard pass on the wheel rout. Three plays later, on third-and-goal from the 10, Jensen found Johnson on a corner rout to extend the lead to 28-12.
Kaleb Pike's 5-yard touchdown run gave the Airedales a 35-12 advantage, and Jensen's 9-yard TD pass to Alexander capped the scoring.
"As a senior, I like being able to score points," Alexander said. "I never played offense my sophomore and junior year, so that's pretty nice."
Farmington grabbed a quick 6-0 lead on Jared Oskey's first carry of the season — a 56-yard touchdown run with 7½ minutes left to play in the first quarter.
Alma had a three-and-out to start its night and sputtered for much of the half.
"We did a better job of staying on our blocks and knowing where to go and just playing harder," Jensen said of the second half effort. "We knew that we could play harder in the second half."