BLOOMFIELD — An ugly incident brought an untimely end to Bloomfield's homecoming night.
The Bobcats had no problem scoring against Miyamura on Friday night, but neither team saw the end of the game after a brawl led referees to call an end to the contest with seven minutes and 22 seconds still remaining in the fourth quarter. Bloomfield led 39-0 at the time, and that score went down as the final.
"It was kind of chippy all game long. It is an unfortunate thing that that happened," said Bloomfield head coach Bruce Hatch. "Coach (Wesley) Shank came over and said, 'Hey, let's just call this game,' and I agreed with him. It is too bad. Any time something like that happens, you are dealing with teenage kids and high emotions. Both sides are to blame."
Miyamura (0-6) was driving the ball deep in Bloomfield (4-1) territory inside of eight minutes left to play in the game. Quarterback Josiah Shank went down with a right leg injury a play prior to the brawl, and Miyamura coaches were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for coming onto the field to confront referees because they thought a penalty should have been called.
On the next play, Miyamura ran the ball to the left side for a small gain. After the whistle, Bloomfield defensive back Austin DeHerrera and Miyamura wide receiver Jared Meese started exchanging blows 15 yards down field near the end zone. Several other players got involved in the altercation. When the dust settled, the referees ejected DeHerrera and Meese, as well as Miyamura's Elias Begay and Bloomfield's AJ Vigil, who was named the Bloomfield homecoming king at halftime.
"I am not proud of the way the game transpired there at the end," Hatch said. "It is embarrassing, but it is a learning experience. We are going to learn and move on."
Wesley Shank declined to comment after the game. Bloomfield players were not made available to the media.
Before the fight, Bloomfield was putting a nice homecoming game together as Adrian Vigil scored four touchdowns, three of which came on the ground in the first half.
Adrian Vigil took the first play from scrimmage 59 yards for a touchdown run that sent the Bobcats to an early 7-0 lead. He went over the 100-yard rushing mark early in the second quarter when he took three carries 62 yards, eventually scoring on a two-yard run that put Bloomfield up 14-0. He finished the game with 190 yards rushing and 24 yards receiving.
"It is nice when you can hand the ball off to a guy that can go 60 or 70 yards on one play," Hatch said. "We struggled a little bit in the first quarter, and we wasted a lot of goof field position and scoring opportunities, but we played quite well in the second and third quarters."
Bloomfield scored again in the second quarter when quarterback Bobby Lyon hit Raymundo Sanchez on an 11-yard touchdown pass. Lyon also hit Tytis Nez on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 30 seconds left in the first half. Lyon finished the game with 142 passing yards and two touchdowns, though he struggled with his accuracy. He was 10-for-30 passing in the game.
"Bobby played smart. Miyamura brought a lot of pressure, and it threw him off rhythm in the first quarter," Hatch said. "You are not always going to click with both the run and pass. It was good our run game was working so well. The offensive line was blowing people off the ball."
The Bloomfield defense also did its part. Raymundo Sanchez came up with an interception in the first half, and AJ Vigil recovered a fumble and an onside kick. The Sanchez interception set up Vigil's third touchdown run.
The Bobcats surrendered just 46 yards of offense in the first half, 37 of which came on the ground.
"The defense played great. Miyamura did a lot of the same things Hope Christian tried to run against us last week. We really had two weeks preparing for that," Hatch said.
Bloomfield will get a major test next week on the road at 5-1 Farmington High.
"Farmington is a great team with good coaches and players," Hatch said. "It is a good challenge for us. We are going to have to step it up, but we look forward to it. We can't wait for the game."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.