Bobby Lyon threw for 136 yards and four touchdowns, and Josh Archibeque ran for 126 yards on 13 carries as the No. 11 Bobcats defeated No. 7 Hope Christian 37-7 Saturday night in Bloomfield.
“We eliminated a lot of mistakes in first half. It was a lot of fun,” said Bloomfield head coach Bruce Hatch. “Hopefully we can continue and keep improving.”
Lyon was happy with the way the entire team performed.
“We were firing on all cylinders,” he said. “My receivers were doing a lot of work. The defense kept giving me the ball back, and we had three great running backs today.”
Bloomfield (2-2) opened the scoring when Adrian Vigil intercepted a pass from Hope Christian quarterback Tommy Riley at the goal line and returned it 100 yards for a Bobcat touchdown.
The Bobcats extend their lead to 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter when Lyon found Archibeque on fourth down for a 14-yard touchdown. Lyon then hit Anthony Whisenhunt on the two-point conversion.
The Bloomfield defense forced a Hope three-and-out on the next drive.
As the Huskies attempted a punt, the long snap went over the punters head and out of the end zone for a safety, pushing the Bobcats’ advantage to 16-0.
Bloomfield extended its lead to three scores when Lyon completed his second touchdown pass of the half, hitting Whisenhunt from three yards out.
The Bobcats again converted the two-point conversion to take a 24-0 lead into the half.
The lone Huskie highlight came at the start of the second half.
After forcing a fumble, Garret Howington ran in the only Hope Christian (1-4) score from 10 yards out to cut Bloomfield’s lead to 24-7.
Lyon got the Bobcats back on track following the Huskies’ score, hitting Tytis Nez on a screen that Nez took 38 yards for a touchdown halfway through the third quarter.
Nez and Lyon hooked up again on a 24-yard touchdown with just under two minutes left in the third.
The Bobcats ran for 223 yards and outgained the Huskies 359-115 in total offense.
Hatch said the balance on offense will be important as the team progresses.
“We’ve ran the ball well in every game we’ve played this year and our passing game came around,” Hatch said.
Both teams committed four turnovers in the game. Bloomfield fumbled four times, while Hope fumbled once and threw three interceptions.
Hatch said his team’s consistent defensive performance is one of its strongest aspects at this point in the season..
“Defensively, we’re solid,” Hatch said. “We’ve got some big bodies, so we do a good job. We just have to eliminate our mistakes. When we don’t make mistakes, we’re a good team.”
Next up for Bloomfield will be Miyamura, who had a week off after losing to Aztec. The game is scheduled for Friday in Gallup.