Aztec can't slow down Cobre in 62-26 rout

Karl Schneider The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The Aztec football team couldn't slow down Cobre's passing attack and saw the Indians find the end zone time and time again in a 62-26 loss Saturday afternoon in Bayard.

"They were able to throw the ball very efficiently," Tigers head coach Matt Steinfeldt said of Cobre. "They executed extremely well."

It was Aztec's second straight week playing a Saturday afternoon game on the road. Steinfeldt said there are challenges that come with playing Saturday games, as it breaks up the normal routine on game day. But the team has had other issues, as well, he said.

"We haven't done a good job of dealing with adversity," Steinfeldt said. "We've been caught up in the negative things that happen rather than finding the positives."

All four of Aztec's scores came through the air. Quarterback Cody Smith connected with Jake Taylor for three touchdowns, while Beau Crawford pulled in another touchdown.

"Offensively, we were inconsistent at times, but when we moved the ball, it resulted in good things," Steinfeldt said. "We scored four touchdowns, but simple mistakes really cost us."

Steinfeldt said the Tigers (1-4) threw three quick interceptions in the second half that helped allow Cobre (4-2) to blow the game open.

Aztec will host Valley (1-4) Friday night for homecoming.

"Next week, we finally get to come home. Four of our first five games have been on the road, so it will be good to get back and play at home. The opportunity to play at home on homecoming will hopefully be a good rallying point for us."

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and Follow him @karltschneider on Twitter.