FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield Bobcats were no match for the hard-hitting Farmington High defense on Friday night.
Farmington hosted Bloomfield in a match up between two of the best teams in San Juan County, but the Scorpions made quick work out of the Bobcats thanks to five touchdowns from senior Austin Foutz. Foutz had two interceptions returned for a touchdown, three rushing scores and a fumble recovery as Farmington beat Bloomfield 59-7. The game was called due to 50-point mercy rule just before the end of the third quarter.
"It is unbelievable. It definitely wasn't expected coming into the game, but you take what you get," Foutz said of his big night. "We expected them to be a little bit better, but they are a great team, and, man, it just fell into our hands."
It didn't take Foutz and the Scorpions (6-1) long to strike. After forcing Bloomfield to punt on the open drive of the game, Farmington High was backed up on its own two-yard line. But Foutz broke a 93-yard touchdown run on third down to give the Scorps an early 7-0 lead.
Bloomfield answered right back when quarterback Robert Lyon hit Raymundo Sanchez on a 45-yard touchdown pass, but it proved to be the Bobcats' only score in the game.
The Bobcats (4-2) were without star running back Adrian Vigil for almost the entirety of the game after Vigil went down with an injury on the very first carry of the game. Vigil had 18 touchdowns in five games going into the game with Farmington.
"That was really tough. It changes the whole game plan," Lyon said of Vigil's injury. "It is tough to miss a player like that who does so much for the team."
The Scorpions took their next drive 49 yards in just four plays as a 34-yard Brian Farley run helped set up another four-yard score from Foutz.
Just 15 seconds later, Foutz had the first of his two interceptions returned for a touchdown.
"They were fast, and they were a little too much," Lyon said of the FHS defense.
FHS took a 21-7 lead into the second quarter, and the Scorps scored quickly in the second quarter when Farley capped off a seven-play, 71-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.
Farmington High had 216 team rushing yards in the first half. Bloomfield managed just 25 without Vigil, though Lyon was 12-of-20 passing in the first half for 135 yards and a touchdown.
The Scorpion defense locked down Bloomfield the rest of the way, giving up just 12 yards of total offense the rest of the game while forcing three more turnovers.
Touchdown runs by Foutz, Farley, Tyler Blades and Champ Mendoza in the second half helped the Scorps wrap up the 59-7 win.
Foutz finished the game with 146 rushing yards on just nine carries. Farley had 126 rushing yards on 12 carries. Both boys recovered fumbles in the game while also helping lead the team in tackles.
"That is who those guys are. They work for it. It is not just something you see on Friday night. You see it with those guys Saturday morning, Monday afternoon and all week long," said FHS head coach Gary Bradley. "Those guys knew they were going to be playing a lot of football on Friday nights, and they have worked hard to condition themselves to be productive on both sides of the ball."
Foutz credited the Scorpion offensive line for paving big lanes for the FHS running backs to run through.
The loss was Bloomfield's first since falling in Week 1 to 3A No. 1 St. Michael's. The 59 points surrendered was just four more than Bloomfield had surrendered in its previous five games combined.
"It shows us that we are not the top team. We are not the best out there," Lyon said. "We need to improve and start working harder in practice."
Bloomfield has just one non-district game remaining on its schedule. It comes next Friday at home against Kirtland Central (5-1).
"It is a big game. We want to win it for our assistant coach (Tom) Adair. He was the coach there for a long time, and we really want to pull away with a win in that game," Lyon said.
FHS has a week off to prepare for its District 1-4A opener at Aztec (3-4).
"I think we are in good shape after seven games. We can spend this weak healing and moving forward to improve as a team," Bradley said. "I don't buy into anything about Aztec being up or down. They are a playoff team, and they are a deep-in-the-playoffs team. They still have the mojo from winning state a few years ago. Our district is going to be really good with Kirtland Central, Piedra Vista, Aztec and us this year. Every team is going to have to come to work."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.