Farmington Hosts North County To Open The Football Season On KREI

(Farmington) An early season rivalry returns Friday night when the Farmington Knights host the North County Raiders on AM-800 KREI.

North County has taken control of this game with three consecutive wins over Farmington, including a district playoff win two years ago. But the Raiders graduated 15 seniors from last year’s team that won eight games, including Jobe Smith, the school’s all-time leading rusher. Head coach Brian Jones is well aware of that fact, but he believes his team can still find success by sustaining drives.

Coach Jones sees a link between what this season could be for the Raiders and what Friday’s adversary, Erik Kruppe, went through a few seasons ago.

Farmington won four games last season, their least amount of wins since 2014, but they return plenty of experience across the field. Coach Kruppe is excited about the offensive line.

That line will be blocking for junior Keasen McClain, a Dream Teamer and three-year starter, and junior quarterback Brett Drye, who could have a big season on the ground and through the air.

Speaking of the air, the hot temperatures have changed kickoff Friday night from 7 to 8 o’clock. Farmington has an indoor facility where the Knights have spent a lot of practice time this week. Coach Kruppe says he’s glad to have the facility at his disposal.

Chad Speakar has the call Friday from Haile Memorial Stadium in Farmington. You can listen on KREI or at 8 o’clock. The Flieg’s Equipment Pregame Show begins at 7 on Regional Radio.