Austin Foutz scored three times from inside the five-yard line as the Scorpions picked up their third straight win, defeating Bloomfield 35-12 Friday night in Bloomfield.
“I felt great and the blocking was good up front,” said Foutz, who had 64 yards on 14 carries.
Foutz has filled multiple rolls for the Scorpions (5-2) this season, including nose guard, cornerback and running back. Head coach Gary Bradley thought Foutz made the most of his opportunities in the Scorps’ win Friday.
“He’s our utility guy, and does a lot for us on offense,” Bradley said. “Tonight, he got to carry the ball and took advantage of it. That’s what it’s about. When you get your shot, take advantage of it.”
Bloomfield head coach Bruce Hatch was happy with the first half in which his team trailed just 14-6, but knows his side will need to cleanup mistakes that cost his team a chance to win.
“Farmington is a good team. They have good coaches and good players,” Hatch said. “I really felt like we played well in the first half. We gave them the ball twice inside the 10-yard line in the second half and stopped them. We just couldn’t overcome ourselves. Even if we don’t have those problems, Farmington is still a tough game and very good team.
Bloomfield (2-4) got off to a good start in the first quarter with the defense shutting down the Scorpions on fourth down in their first two possessions.
The Bobcat offense got the team out to a 6-0 lead when quarterback Bobby Lyon hit Sheldon Begaii on a 26-yard touchdown pass with just 1:48 left in the first quarter. The Bobcats missed the two-point conversion on a fake extra point attempt.
The Scorpions shifted to a no-huddle offense and answered the Bloomfield touchdown. Foutz scored from four yards out and the ensuing extra point gave Farmington a 7-6 lead.
Foutz pounded in his second touchdown of the game from a yard out with 2:29 left in the first half to give the Scorps a 14-6 lead heading into the locker room.
The score was set up when quarterback Jacob Lucas hit Foutz on a 33-yard pass down to the Bobcat two-yard line.
The second half got off to a sloppy start for both team.
Bloomfield fumbled twice inside their own 20, but Farmington was unable to score, fumbling once themselves and failing to convert a fourth down conversion from Bloomfield’s three-yard line.
Kyle Reynolds locked up the game in Farmington’s favor, intercepting a pass from Lyon and returning it 20 yards for a touchdown, putting the Scorps up 21-6.
“We knew they were going to pass,” Reynolds said. “I just stayed back and pulled in the pick.”
Reynolds scored again on the first play of the fourth quarter, this time on offense. Lucas hit the junior wide receiver on a 21-yard touchdown pass to push the Farmington advantage to 28-6.
Reynolds had dropped a wide open touchdown in the first half and was relieved to get a chance at redemption in the second half.
“I was kicking myself and was so mad,” Reynolds said of the drop. “It was good to get another shot.”
Foutz tacked on his third score with just over five minutes left to push the score to 35-6.
Bobcat backup quarterback Josh Stowell scored with just under two minutes left from five yards out for the final score of the game.
The Farmington defense forced five Bobcat turnovers, while the offense turned it over just once.
Running back Essiel Carrasco led the Scorps ground attack with 84 yards on 16 carries.
Bloomfield will travel to Kirtland to face the Broncos in their final non-district game of the year next week.
“We’re going to have to make some changes,” Hatch said. “We seem to be making the same mistakes and, as coaches, that’s our fault. Kirtland is on a roll, and we’ve lost two in a row and can’t afford three in a row. We have to go to work. We haven’t won in Kirtland since 1987.”
Farmington will have a bye week before kicking off district play Oct. 26 against Aztec at Hutchison Stadium.
“It won’t be an off week,” Bradley said. “We know who Aztec is and how good they are.”