Herriman • For such a hard-nosed football player who leaves everything on the field, Herriman’s Brandon Farmer sure doesn’t act the part off the gridiron.
In fact, he might be the most unassuming athlete around.
Friday’s first round
4 p.m. » Jordan at Hunter
4 p.m. » Layton at Herriman
4 p.m. » Lone Peak at Syracuse
5 p.m. » Cottonwood at Brighton
5 p.m. » Northridge at Riverton
5 p.m. » Pleasant Grove at Davis
5 p.m. » West at Bingham
6 p.m. » Alta at Taylorsville
Friday’s first round
3 p.m. » Box Elder at Woods Cross
3 p.m. » Highland at Sky View
3:30 p.m. » Roy at East
4 p.m. » Olympus at Springville
4 p.m. » Salem Hills at Orem
5 p.m. » Bountiful at Logan
5 p.m. » Timpanogos at Timpview
6 p.m. » Spanish Fork at Corner Canyon
Friday’s first round
5 p.m. » Cedar City at Park City
5 p.m. » Hurricane at Bear River
7 p.m. » Tooele at Snow Canyon
7 p.m. » Uintah at Desert Hills
4 p.m. » Richfield at Morgan
5 p.m. » North Sanpete at Judge
6 p.m. » Emery at Manti
6 p.m. » Grantsville at Juab
Class 2A quarterfinals
2 p.m. » San Juan at South Summit
6 p.m. » Parowan at Beaver
6 p.m. » South Sevier at Grand County
2 p.m. » Gunnison Valley at North Summit
2 p.m. » Monument Valley at Duchesne
3 p.m. » Monticello at Rich
6 p.m. » Milford at Kanab
11 a.m. » Altamont at Diamond Ranch
"Last year I met him and I didn’t believe that he was the explosive young man everyone talked about, just seeing him in street clothes," Herriman coach Dustin Pearce said. "It became evident really quick what kind of an athlete he was. He never wants the credit. He just wants to win and to make his teammates better."
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior might not look the part, but he has become one of the top rushers in the state. Heading into Friday’s Class 5A playoff opener against Layton, Farmer has rushed for 1,430 yards on 158 carries with 13 touchdowns.
Whether it be running past would-be tacklers or fighting for extra yardage, Farmer is the type of playmaker and momentum shifter coaches love.
"I love this team, probably the linemen the most," Farmer said. "They block for me and are a great group of kids. They’ve made my senior year very good. They’re selfless. They don’t care that I get all the attention."
Farmer burst onto the scene last season in a tandem with Francis Bernard, who now is at BYU. Despite sharing time, Farmer still led the team in rushing, totaling 1,007 yards and seven touchdowns on just 82 carries.
"He started out in the shadow of Francis, but when all was said and done, he surpassed him," Pearce said. "He’s an explosive runner and is a perfect fit for this offense. He’s got great vision and a feel for the game. He understands that without the line blocking in front of him, none of it would happen."
Farmer has rushed for more than 100 yards in all but one of the nine games he has played. Bingham limited him to 85 yards, but he still scored a touchdown.
The way he sees it, he’s just playing the game he loves with his friends.
"It’s almost a blessing," said Farmer, who answers every question with "Yes, sir."
"A lot of kids would kill to play football, and it’s great that I can. I try to get downhill as fast as I can and get a straight line to the end zone."
Farmer’s speed is perhaps most noticeable. He was timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Utah State this summer. The Aggies, in fact, are actively recruiting Farmer along with Southern Utah and the University of Utah.
He also has excelled on special teams with a handful of return touchdowns, including a punt against Pleasant Grove in Week 10.
"In my opinion, he’s one of the most explosive players in the state," Pearce said. "I wouldn’t trade him for anyone I’ve seen this year. He eats, drinks and sleeps Herriman. He loves the school, the community and the team."
Farmer, who has rushed for 2,517 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career, has both short- and long-term goals in mind for the Mustangs.
"We want to start a tradition of going deeper into the playoffs to where we expect that," Farmer, 17, said. "We expect ourselves to set the bar high."
The Mustangs host Layton in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday.
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