FARMINGTON — The Kirtland Central football team (1-3) picked up its first win in the Greg Jenks era Friday night, besting Los Alamos (1-3) 33-24 at Bronco Stadium.
"This definitely feels better than the last few Friday nights," Jenks said after win. "I'll sleep much better tonight."
An all-around team effort got the job done for KC against the Hilltoppers.
Aiden Cockrell and Keishaun Aspaas each rushed for over 100 yards. Quarterback Bryson Dowdy threw one touchdown pass, and the other four Kirtland scores came on the ground.
"Just getting lots of guys involved. We had five touchdowns and four different guys scored those touchdowns," Jenks said. "Outside of penalties, our offensive line just keeps getting better."
Kirtland's defense also tightened up after allowing the first score of the game, including a two-point conversion.
"You just saw some fight out of our defense after that first drive," Jenks said. "They weren't going to let that one drive determine the game, so that was really nice to see defensively."
The Broncos face a stiff test next week when they travel to Farmington to play Piedra Vista (3-1).
Bloomfield struggles, but tops Taos to stay unbeaten
It wasn't as dominant as it had been for the rest of the season on Friday night, but Bloomfield still came away with a 26-19 road win against Taos.
Though they never trailed, the Bobcats (4-0) looked sluggish, according to coach Bob Allcorn.
"I don't think we came in ready for this game at all," Allcorn said. "I think we had a very average week of practice. We came in thinking this would be an easy one, and it showed in the game."
Brendon Ramsey was a bright spot for Bloomfield in the tight win. He caught a touchdown on offense and returned a interception 65 yards for the score in the second, making a handful of Taos defenders miss in the process.
Ramsey's big defensive play put Bloomfield up 19-6 in the third quarter. Assisted by a successful onside kick, Taos (1-3) scored twice in the fourth quarter to make it a one-point game. Ramsey's touchdown reception late in the fourth increased the Bobcats' lead, and a Chauncey White interception on the ensuing drive closed it out.
The defense faltered in the fourth, but buckled down and made plays when it had to overall, intercepting three passes while forcing and recovering two fumbles.
Allcorn said he hopes the close game will serve as a wake-up call for his team going forward.
"A lot of teams are going to give us their best games because a win over us will mean a lot to them," he said. "You need a game like to this as a team to come together and refocus. And next week will tell whether or not we learned from this."
Bloomfield hosts Hope Christian on Friday.