What: Bloomfield at Hope Christian
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 28
Where: Hope Christian High School
BLOOMFIELD — Nobody on the Grants team could keep up with Bloomfield's Adrian Vigil on Friday night.
Vigil torched Grants for two kickoff returns for touchdowns and two more rushing scores as the No. 4-ranked Bloomfield Bobcats took down the 4A Grants Pirates 25-17.
"I just saw open holes and opportunities, and I took them," Vigil said. "My players gave good blocks, and I am proud of them."
Vigil returned the game's opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to set the tone of the game early.
"Don't kick it to him," Bloomfield head coach Bruce Hatch warned opposing teams. "St. Mike's made the same mistake, and he made them pay, and these guys made the same mistake, and he made them pay. He is a heck of a player, and, when he gets in open space, look out."
Bloomfield (2-1) led just 13-7 after a Grants touchdown with a minute and 40 seconds left in the first half, but Vigil broke another 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to give Bloomfield a 19-7 lead going into halftime.
Vigil finished the game with 92 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns on 24 carries. He also caught five passes for another 61 yards.
It was quite a day for the junior who Hatch thought for a few seconds wouldn't even play on Friday.
"He got me. He came into my office today with a sling on and a fake doctor's note that said he was out for a month, and I almost cried," Hatch said. "Then he told me, 'Nah,' he was just messing around with me. The kid has got heart and has no stop in him. He is just a heck of a player."
It was also a big night for the Bloomfield defense as the Bobcats forced three turnovers.
The first set up one of Vigil's touchdown runs as junior defensive lineman Angel Jacquez jumped on a fumbled shotgun snap by Grants quarterback Cassius Corley.
Bloomfield took a 25-10 lead late in the third quarter, but Grants drove the field well in the fourth quarter to set up multiple scoring opportunities.
Grants (1-2) had a big 58-yard run by Rosendo Jaramillo to get into the red zone with over seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Raymundo Sanchez came up with a big interception to give Bloomfield back the ball on its own eight-yard line.
A poor Bloomfield punt gave the ball back to Grants on the Bloomfield 24-yard line, but Bloomfield's Tytis Nez was able to intercept another Corley pass in the end zone for a huge stop.
"Those interceptions were huge. Tytis was out most of the third quarter with a twisted ankle. They taped him up, and he went in and came out of nowhere to pick off that pass in the end zone," Hatch said. "That was really awesome."
Hatch was proud of his entire defense as it held Corley, a New Mexico State University commit, to just 12-of-21 passing for 137 yards and one touchdown to go with the two interceptions. The Bobcats also held Corley to just 44 yards rushing, though he did have one rushing touchdown in the game.
"Corley is amazing, but we really only let him get outside of us once or twice. We did a great job, and Coach (Robert) Griego had those guys ready to go," Hatch said. "They had a great week of practice and were able to shut Grants down."
Bloomfield quarterback Bobby Lyon was 12-of-18 passing in the game with 153 yards and an interception.
"We have been playing Grants the past two years I have been here, and we hadn't beat them yet. It is satisfying," Lyon said of the win. "Our defense played great and really took advantage of their mistakes. I will hope they can do that our next game and throughout the playoffs."
Bloomfield has a bye next week and won't play again until facing Hope Christian on the road on Sept. 28.
"We are a little banged up. I am going to give the guys a little bit of a lighter workout schedule and then get ready for Hope," Hatch said.
Though Hatch said he would love to be 3-0 at this point in the season, he is satisfied with the way the team has performed since an opening week 27-24 loss to No. 1 St. Michael's.
"We are maturing every week, and this was the best our defense has played," Hatch said.