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The top 8 football games between neighboring rivals Farmington and Elmwood/Brimfield

Adam Duvall
Journal Star
The Farmington Farmers cheer after their win against Tremont High School in the class 2A second round playoff game at Farmington High on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. The Farmers beat the Turks 35-12.

Just 7 miles separate Elmwood and Farmington.

The longtime high school football rivals — connected by Illinois Route 78 — wrap up the 12th and final season of going head-to-head in the Prairieland Conference. Next season, the Lincoln Trail and Prairieland conferences join forces for a 17-team mega league appropriately (and tentatively) named the Lincoln Trail-Prairieland Conference.

Farmington (4-2, 4-1) holds a 7-4 advantage in regular season meetings between the rivals. The Farmers ride a series six-game win streak into this week's 7 p.m. Friday home game, averaging a 23.5-point margin of victory in that span against Elmwood/Brimfield (4-2, 4-1).

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When the two programs met in 2010, it was their first meeting since 1991. Here are eight highlights from the games over those last dozen years, with the most recent games listed first:

2021 — Farmington 44, Elmwood/Brimfield 8

What happened: The Farmers, who were No. 7 in Class 3A at the time, rolled up 468 total yards (289 rushing, 179 passing) on 34 plays. Farmington was opportunistic on defense, turning a pair of Elmwood turnovers into first-half touchdowns. Farmers running back Kevin Shultz rushed for 162 yards and three TDs as the Farmers averaged 12 yards a carry. Layne Durst scored a 35-yard TD as the lone Elmwood score late in the fourth quarter.  

He said it: “In the first half, I thought defensively we were pretty good. We gave them a short field twice (on turnovers) and good teams make you pay for that. But we are significantly better. If we had played that team Week 1 or 2 or 3, they would have hung 80 on us.” — Elmwood coach Todd Hollis told The Weekly Post last October.

2016 — Farmington 36, Elmwood/Brimfield 29

What happened: The Farmers rallied from nine points down to snap Elmwood’s five-season reign as the Prairieland Conference-Blue Division champs. Farmington QB Dylan Hayden orchestrated three scoring drives, hooking up with Eric Higgs for 20-yard TDs on back-to-back drives to go ahead for good.  Judd Anderson’s interception as time expired stopped Elmwood's hopes to tie the game. RB Jackson Harkness finished 91 yards and gave Elmwood a 23-14 lead with two TDs.

He said it: “It’s one of the best feelings in the world. Not getting it last year, or the year before and making sure this year we get it is a really nice feeling.” — Farmington QB Dylan Hayden on winning the Blue Division.

2016 — Farmington 28, Elmwood/Brimfield 18 (Class 2A playoffs)

What happened: In a rematch of the Prairieland Blue de facto title game, the Farmers, who went 11-0 for the first time in program history, again needed a comeback in this Class 2A second-round playoff game. Elmwood grabbed a 12-7 halftime lead off two TD runs from Jackson Harkness. But the Farmers responded with Evan Marion’s 3-yard TD followed by a 57-yard TD catch from Judd Anderson. Marion finished with 95 yards on 21 carries with three TDs.

He said it: “Man, they brought it. They absolutely brought it. I wish halftime would have never showed up, because it was our game at half.” — Hollis said of Farmington.

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Elmwood/Brimfield's Max Thompson, right, breaks up a pass intended for a Farmington receiver during a 2018 high school football game in Farmington.

2015 — Elmwood/Brimfield 77, Farmington 64

What happened: One of the state’s all-time highest-scoring games featured 141 total points, 1,151 offensive yards and 20 TDs. Sam Marincic (251 yards), Jackson Harkness (114) and Colton Fales (102) led the Elmwood backfield, which had 502 rushing yards. Farmington QB Steven Gilstrap rolled up a ridiculous 548 total yards — 321 passing and 227 rushing — while wideout Eric Higgs had 16 catches for 300 yards and three TDs.

He said it: "It was a good night to be an offensive coach. We couldn't stop them. You wondered at some point, 'Have we broken their backs yet? Have we broken their backs yet?', and we're scoring, scoring, scoring but they just kept coming back, coming back, coming back.” — Hollis.

2014 — Elmwood/Brimfield 63, Farmington 34

What happened: Elmwood found the endzone on all but one possession, clinching a fourth successive Prairieland Blue crown and fifth consecutive playoff berth. Layne Wyatt scored four TDs and totaled 304 yards (219 rushing, 85 receiving) of offense. Elmwood scored on back-to-back-to-back second-quarter drives with two Wyatt TDs along with a 2-yard score from Donovan McCoy, who rushed for 107 yards. Farmington went for 360 total yards of offense.

He said it: "I've got big boys (up front) and they open up a lot of holes. I just have to hit the holes hard." — Wyatt.

2013 — Farmington 16, Elmwood/Brimfield 14

What happened: Farmington jumped out to a 16-0 lead, getting TDs from Macae Skaggs and an 18-yard score from Max Balagna off an Elmwood fumble. Kyle Totton caught a TD pass and Donovan McCoy found pay dirt with 10:04 left in the game for the Trojans, who played without leading rusher and receiver Layne Wyatt. Elmwood, which came in averaging 48.4 points a game, saw its 26-game, regular-season win streak end with the defeat.

He said it: "This is up there with one of the bigger wins I've had here. As a coach, this was probably my most satisfying because of all the hype of the game." — Farmington coach Casey Martin.

2012 — Elmwood/Brimfield 20, Farmington 7

What happened: In a meeting of Prairieland Blue unbeatens, Noah Welker took the second-half kickoff back for an 82-yard Farmington touchdown, tying the game at 7-7. Elmwood came back to take a lasting lead with a 79-yard, 10-play drive finished off by a Brady Westart TD. He led the way with 135 yards and all three Trojans scores. Defensively, Elmwood stepped up and held Farmington to just 141 total yards — 123 rushing and 18 passing.

He said it: "That's the thing that makes them so good — they're a big-play team. You can hold them nine times and the 10th time you may not. (But) I think people see that our defense is for real." — Martin.

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2010 — Farmington 21, Elmwood/Brimfield 20

What happened: This was the first meeting between these two since 1991. Farmington cornerback Jake Jepson stopped Elmwood’s two-point attempt with 11.9 left in the game, stuffing running back Joel Szidon. The Trojans had stopped Farmington on downs with 2:07 remaining, then went 83 yards capped by a one-yard TD from Szidon to setup the final play. Mark McMahill put Farmington up for good, 21-14, with a 50-yard TD just 13 seconds into the fourth quarter.

He said it: "We all swarmed to the ball. I couldn't have done it without the team. They took the blockers out in front of me and I had an open lane to him." — Jepson.

Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at aduvall@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.