Farniok gets chance to shine

Washington High grad Derek Farniok finally got a chance to shine in his role as offensive tackle at Oklahoma, and he took advantage.

Filling in for injured junior left tackle Tyrus Thompson, Farniok got his first collegiate start and held up well under pressure during Oklahoma’s 33-24 win over rival Oklahoma State on Saturday in Stillwater.

The performance by the 6-foot-9, 325-pound sophomore earned rave reviews following the game from Sooners coach Bob Stoops.

“I thought Derek Farniok came in and did a great job,” said Stoops, whose team got a 7-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bell to Jalen Saunders with 19 seconds left to finish the regular season 10-2. “We’ve had some adversity with injuries, but the guys kept going. Nobody flinched, nobody said anything about it and everybody kept working.”

Watching Farniok’s effort from the stands was his older brother, Tom, starting junior center for Iowa State and another former Washington standout.

“He played pretty well,” said Tom, who can be his brother’s toughest critic. “If you could take out three plays, it would have been a great game. Overall, I was happy with how he played in a very hostile environment.”

Also in attendance for the game were Derek’s younger brother, Will, and his mother, Christine Jones.