FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield football team put together its most complete performance of the season, blowing out Hope Christian.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, defeating the Huskies 55-8 on Saturday in Albuquerque.
"We played real well. (We) had a good first half and an even better second half," said Bloomfield head coach Bruce Hatch. "They had good athletes, but we did a great job running the football against them."
After the dominant first quarter, the Bobcats (3-1) took a 28-8 lead into halftime after Hope Christian (1-4) scored its only touchdown near the end of the second quarter.
In the second half, the Bloomfield defense locked down the Huskies offense, shutting them out for the remainder of the contest and allowing the offense to reel off 27 unanswered points to lock up the victory.
"We're improving on defense -- doing a great job," Hatch said. "We played fast and aggressive, and the young guys are really figuring out what needs to get done on that side of the ball."
Bloomfield running back Adrian Vigil had a huge day on the ground, totalling 198 yards and four touchdowns to spark the Bobcats.
Quarterback Bobby Lyon was efficient running the Bloomfield offense, throwing from 200 yards and two touchdowns and running in another Bobcat score.
The blowout victory allowed Hatch to get some his younger players a little experience and he's liking the way the players are fitting into their roles.
"We got a lot of our young backs some carries, and the offensive line did great all game," Hatch said.
Bloomfield will be in action again on Friday with its homecoming game against 4A Miyamura.
The Patriots lost a close game to Piedra Vista in their opener on a last-second touchdown, but they since then have fallen to 0-4 and not held an opponent under 40 points after a plague of injuries on defense.
"Any chance you have to go against a 4A you have to step up," Hatch said. "They're a team that scares me a little. They're 0-4, but you look at the losses all four teams may make the playoffs."
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