On a team full of offensive weapons, Mason Farnsworth was Emmett’s nuclear bomb.
Determined and self motivated, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior blasted through the competition for 1,668 yards and 25 touchdowns, playing in only 33-of-44 quarters because the state champion Huskies beat their opponents by an average of 36.6 points per game.
“He is a very determined young man, knows how to set goals and then works to accomplish them,” Emmett coach Mike Schroeder said.
After losing in the state semifinals as a junior, Farnsworth wasn’t lacking motivation heading into his senior year.
His goal was to win Emmett’s first state championship, and he made the delivery of that title appear effortless, averaging 151.6 yards per game and 10.9 yards per carry. Farnsworth fumbled just twice in 153 carries.
“I think the right word for it is just kind of wanting revenge for last year, honestly,” Farnsworth said. “I wanted to prove to everyone that the Huskies were for real.”
That goal bonded the Huskies and proved more motivating than individual success.
“In one of our playoff games, Mason was running hard, making the tough yards for us, but he hadn’t scored yet,” Schroeder said. “At haltime I told him to keep doing what you’re doing and you will pop one. He said, ‘No problem. If I score, I score. Whatever it takes to win.’ Wow, that’s a team player.”
1,668 Rushing yards this season for Farnsworth
WHAT COACHES ARE SAYING
“He gives opposing coaches heart attacks every time he touches the ball. He is fast, physical, shifty and tough, everything a coach wants in a running back.” — Ryan Tracy, Fruitland
OFF THE FIELD
Before the training wheels were taken off his bicycle, Farnsworth was already an avid dirt bike and motocross fan. “I couldn’t balance a bike, but I could drive a three-wheeler,” he said.
Farnsworth said he has been invited to be a preferred walk-on at Idaho and Idaho State. He also is receiving interest from Eastern Oregon, Boise State, Southern Utah and the College of Idaho.