Senior cornerback/wide receiver James Farrow missed Minnetonka’s (MN) first game of the 2010 season with a sprained ankle. The team lost to Totino Grace but has returned with a vengeance, outscoring its next three opponents 116-3 to move to 3-1 on the year. The 6-0, 175-pound Farrow has played in all three wins, accounting for four touchdowns scored in four different ways.
“I have an 82-yard touchdown reception, a 95-yard pick six, a 54-yard punt return and a 47-yard rushing touchdown,” said Farrow. “I think the biggest change in me this season as far as a player is my big play ability in every aspect. I feel like I can do damage in any aspect of the game.”
Farrow’s interception return came in his 2010 debut, a 27-0 win over Osseo. He started the scoring in that game with the 82-yard touchdown reception. Osseo, down 14-0, was driving for a score late in the second quarter until Farrow’s next big play.
“I was playing man-to-man against all-state wide receiver Jameer Jackson. They tried to run a fade, but I grabbed it and took it to the house,” Farrow said. “They had run the play earlier and I knocked it down. Not many teams run that play against me because I’m pretty good at defending it, but they decided to run it again. Obviously, down near the goal line, I was playing fade or slant. I played it and came down with it.”
Farrow is only in his second season as a starter on the varsity level. Particular at corner, which is where he is being recruited to play by Virginia Tech, he worked hard this offseason to improve in all aspects.
“I really improved on my man-to-man coverage,” he said. “Last year, we were pretty much a zone blitz defense. This year, they trust the defensive backs a lot more. We play a lot of man. The whole offseason, I worked on my man defense, being able to read different things. I learned when to jump routes.”
What’s the toughest part about playing corner?
“Probably the mental aspect of the game,” Farrow said. “Physically, if you’ve got it then you’ve got it. The hardest part is mental. Not just knowing the formations and what the opponent likes to run in certain situations, but being able to put it behind you if you get beat. If you’re...
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