Sunday, November 23, 2014

Farmington Farmers

Farmington Farmers

Head Coach: Casey Martin

Conference: Prairieland (Blue)

2012 Record: 7-3

Enrollment: N/A

Returning Starters
Macae Skaggs (6-5, 225, Sr. RB/LB) - First team all-state linebacker, academic all-state, all-conference running back and linebacker, first team Peoria Journal-Star all-area, Drive Chevy Channel 25 small school player of the year. Rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. Has led the Farmers in tackles the past two seasons. Highlight Video

Brenden "Big Country" Jostes (6-4, 270, Sr. OL/DL) - First team Peoria Journal-Star all-area, first team all-conference center and second team all-conference on defense.

Jake Jepson (5-11, 170, Sr. RB/DB) - First team all-conference defensive back. Second on the team in tackles the past two seasons.

Max Balagna (5-8, 170, Jr. RB/DB) - Second leading rusher in 2012.

Noah Welker (6-1, 190, Sr. TE/DE) - First team all-conference on offense and defense. Honorable mention Peoria Journal-Star all-area.

Kyle Harmon (5-11, 190, Sr. TE/DB) - Second team all-conference offense.

Alec Higgs (5-10, 180, Sr. DE) - Second team all-conference defense.

Luke Sandford (6-1, 215, Sr. OL)

Hank Skaggs (6-3, 255, Sr. OL)

Randy Tran (5-10, 180, Sr. DL)

Joey Boggs (5-8, 209, Sr. DL)

Matt Elliot (Sr.)

Ray Berkley (Sr.)

Cooper Elam (Sr.)

Returning Letterwinners
Thirty-one total returning letter winners.

Newcomers
Zac Young (Sr.)

Brody Isabell (Jr.)

Kody Martinez (Jr.)

Nick Janes (Jr.)

Colton Evans (Jr.)

Steven Gilstrap (So.)

Cody Jepson (So.)

2013 Preview
It could be a special season at Farmington with a wealth of returning talent. First team all-stater Macae Skaggs is back after rushing for more than 1,000 yards in 2012. He has the team in tackles the past two seasons. Second leading rusher Max Balagna returns, as does Jake Jepson, who has ranked behind Skaggs in tackles in each of the past two seasons.

Seven full time starters return from last year's squad that finished 7-3 and reached the IHSA Class 2A Playoffs. The Farmers fell to Winnebago in round one. "We should be competitive this year," coach Casey Martin said. "The key is to stay healthy," he added. A total of 31 letter winners are back.

Head Coach
Casey Martin is in his eighth season as head coach at Farmington (34-33). The Farmers had three consecutive winless seasons and a 34-game losing streak prior to Martin's arrival in 2006. He had the program back in the playoffs in year two, reaching the second round of the postseason in 2007. Martin was an academic All-American at Eureka College and a four-year letter winner.