HERRIMAN — Coming off a close loss a week ago and badly needing a confidence-boosting performance in the second half of the season, Herriman turned to Brandon Farmer in its game with Olympus on Friday.
Farmer didn't disappoint as he scored on a 65-yard punt return and an 83-yard run to lead the Mustangs to a 42-9 rout of visiting Olympus.
"It felt good," the junior running back said. "Shout outs to the offensive line and the punt return team. I couldn't have done it without them."
Although the final score was lopsided, Herriman (5-2) didn't come out with a top notch performance. After forcing an early Olympus punt and then moving the ball to within the Titans 5-yard line, the Mustangs had to settle for a missed Brady Heninger field goal with 5:59 to play in the first.
On the next drive, Olympus (3-4) picked up a first down but then stalled. The Titans punted to Farmer, who scooted through the coverage to his left, leaving the Titans in his dust as he gave the Mustangs the 7-0 lead.
Late in the second quarter, Olympus failed on an attempted fourth down conversion at the Herriman 42. Quarterback Corbin Anderson threw an incompletion to give the Mustangs the ball with just under two minutes before halftime.
Herriman struck with a 20-yard pass from Tueni Lupeamanu to Francis Bernard and then an 18-yard completion from Lupeamanu to Jordan Drage. A personal foul penalty moved the ball to the Titans 14, and Lupeamanu hit Drage on a 14-yard TD strike with 34 seconds remaining for a 14-0 halftime lead.
A high snap on a Mustangs punt attempt went out of the back of the end zone to put Oly on the board with a safety early in the third quarter, but the Titans couldn't capitalize further. Farmer then extended the Herriman lead with his 83-yard touchdown run to make it 21-2 with 7:18 in the third.
Olympus finally reached the end zone when Anthony Schoenfeld scored on a 64-yard run with 3:30 to play to make it 35-9.
Viliama Blomfield's 24-yard TD run with just over 30 seconds to play came as Herriman was trying to run out the clock.
"Motivation wasn't a problem for us," said Herriman coach Larry Wilson. "We hadn't really put together a complete game like this yet.
Olympus is a quality opponent. It was about us tonight."
Wilson said he was proud of Farmer's performance, but it wasn't out of the ordinary.
"That's what that kid does every week," Wilson said. "He's not the biggest kid, but his heart is as big as this stadium. And it shows."
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