10 Questions with Austin Foutz

Favorite pregame meal: Rice.

Favorite pregame music: Country.

Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights.

Favorite athlete: Tom Brady.

Favorite team: New England Patriots.

Biggest fear: Getting hurt.

Dream Vacation: Jamaica.

Dream car: 2014 Toyota Tacoma.

If you could have any superpower, what would you pick:  X-ray vision.

Plans after graduating from high school: Go to NMSU, then join the Marines.


FARMINGTON — Farmington High went into its final game of the non-district schedule against Bloomfield looking to build momentum ahead of what is expected to be a tough season against district opponents.

The No. 4 Scorpions accomplished everything they hoped against the Bobcats on Friday in a 59-7 win, thanks in large part to Austin Foutz.

Foutz reached the end zone five times in the win, running for three scores and returning a pair of interceptions for two more touchdowns.

"To step up and play as good as I did for my team is an opportunity that happens once in a lifetime," said Foutz, who ran for 146 yards on nine carries in the win.

The senior has filled a lot of roles on both sides of the ball for FHS, including playing nose guard, defensive end, linebacker, cornerback and safety on defense while excelling as a running back and wide receiver on offense.

"It's just experience," said Foutz on what allows him to have success at so many positions. "I started a little bit as a sophomore and I've had good coaches helping me out."

FHS head coach Gary Bradley said that versatility is what makes Foutz so valuable to the Scorps football team.

"He was playing linebacker (against Bloomfield). Normally, he's our starting (cornerback), but we changed things up a little bit," Bradley said. "He stepped in the flat a couple of times and read the quarterback's eyes. Man, those were really nice interceptions. Then on offense, they blitzed us so much that things were just opening up. It was just one of those games for him."

Foutz's knowledge of defense and his hard work away from the football field is a key reason why he has been able to make so many plays at numerous different positions.

"He knows the game and he watches a lot of film. Kids these days don't really know the game anymore," Bradley said. "We're fortunate to have a lot of guys who do just understand the game and he's one of them. That's why we're able to have him play a little bit of everything on defense. Just knowing the game sure helps out a bunch."

The 6-1 Scorpions are on their bye week before opening up the district slate against Aztec on Oct. 25.

"We couldn't have gone into the bye week on a better note," Bradley said. "To come out of those first seven games to where we are now is pretty good."

Foutz said the team is working hard during the bye to prepare for the Tigers, especially after last year's 20-7 loss to Aztec ended up costing the Scorpions the district title and a chance to host a playoff game.

"We're trying to get closer as a team during the bye week," he said. "The district always goes through Aztec. We've got to control their main players."

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 or jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.