Live Blog: Daily Times Game of the Week features Aztec vs. Bloomfield

Steven Bortstein
Farmington Daily Times

10:45 p.m. — So, a few thoughts now that I'm home. 

I'm always torn between the idea of "let them play" and "the letter of the law" when it comes to penalties. Yes, the game got out of hand on a few occasions when it comes to some emotional play, and both sides committed some silly procedural penalties, but there was too much of the refs for my tastes. 

Classic renewal of the crosstown rivalry. I'll have quotes and more coming up here in the morning. 

In the meantime, again Bloomfield beats Aztec 20-17. 

Other scores: Kirtland Central hammered Shiprock 55-0. Navajo Prep crushed Zuni 68-14. Piedra Vista rolls over Los Alamos 47-0.

9:43 p.m. — On 2nd and 22, what could be the final play of the game, Aztec needs 60 yards. Handoff brought down behind line of scrimmage and 1 second remains. Aztec calls last timeout. Needing 61 yards. Aztec tries a little trickery, but comes up short. Bloomfield wins 20-17.

9:40 p.m. — Aztec timeout. Frost hands off to Greyeyes for a good chunk, but holding penalty negates the play. Ball back to the Aztec 41. McNeal for a short gain. Timeout with 7 seconds left.  

9:36 p.m. — And an apparent Aztec kickoff return for a touchdown is called back by the officials. Aztec has the ball, 22 seconds left at the Bloomfield 48.

9:34 p.m.   Sharpe keeper comes up short of the end zone. Sharpe runs around left end and scores from a yard out and gives Bloomfield the lead with 36 seconds left to play. Extra point attempt (2-pointer) comes up short and Bloomfield leads 20-17.

9:31 p.m. Snell-Martinez takes the pitch and gains 5 for a first down. 1:19 left. Pass interference will be called as Sharpe goes deep to the end zone, moving the ball inside the Tiger 15. Sharpe keeps the ball and runs for nine yards. Timeout Aztec, 49 seconds left.

9:29 p.m. — Bloomfield QB Sharpe complete to Drew Perez for a first down at the Aztec 40. Sharpe keeper gains a couple. Clock under 2 minutes. Sharpe pass knocked down at last second by John Villarrial. Snell-Martinez gains 8 on third down. Timeout with 1:26 left to play. 

9:25 p.m. — Bloomfield takes over at own 35. Snell-Martinez gains 6 on run up the middle. Sharpe pass incomplete. Gutsy run play up the middle by Sharpe for first down. Under 3 minutes to play. Injury timeout. 

9:22 p.m. — Bloomfield QB Sharpe goes deep to Snell-Martinez, pass incomplete but pass interference keeps drive alive. Bloomfield content to let clock roll. First down at the 28. 3:45 to go in game and Bloomfield looking for jackpot. Sharpe to Armenta on fourth down but comes up just short of yardage to get. Aztec takes over. On first play, Frost finds McNeal down the far sideline for a Tigers touchdown. 86 yard play and Aztec retakes the lead with 3:26 to play, Tigers up 17-14 after Frost scampers in for 2-point conversion.

9:13 p.m. — Aztec QB Frost incomplete on deep route to McNeal. Jacob Greyeyes with a short gain on pass in the flat. McNeal catches pass at the 47 for a first down. Greyeyes no gain on first down. Frost scrambles out of bounds and gets a couple of yards. Bloomfield's Joshua Florez picks off a Frost pass over the middle and Bloomfield takes over at the 48. 6:45 to go. Bobcats lead 14-9.  

9:09 p.m. — Seitzinger gets no gain and then a short gain on second down. Sharpe brought down for loss on play brings up 4th and 16. Pass incomplete and turnover on downs. 8:06 left to play.

9:06 p.m. — Aztec takes ensuing kickoff out to the 35-yard line. Ignacio brought down behind the line. Frost hit as he threw and Bloomfield picks off the pass. Flags are all over the place after the interception. Offsetting penalties and Bloomfield takes over at the Tigers 44. Penalty moves the ball to the 29! 

9:01 p.m. — Bloomfield gets the ball down to the 1-yard line before Sharpe takes it in himself for a TD. Two-point attempt is good! 10:51 to go and Bloomfield retakes the lead 14-9.

8:58 p.m. - Bloomfield starts new possession and drives down the field (thanks also to a fake punt on fourth and 16) as third quarter came to end. Starting the fourth quarter, Bloomfield has the ball inside the 10. Sharpe back in at quarterback. False start against the Bobcats.

8:50 p.m.  Frost to Seabolt on the run in the corner of the end zone gives the Tigers the lead, extra point is good and Aztec leads 9-6 with 2:27 left in the third quarter.

8:46 p.m. — Bloomfield QB Spencer gets picked off by Henry and Aztec takes over immediately. Ignacio for a short gain. Ignacio carries a pair of Bobcat tacklers for a first down. Frost fakes a handoff and gets 7 yards on a QB rollout. Frost pass nearly intercepted by Bloomfield's Jesse Seitzinger. Ignacio gets first down. Short pass to McNeal loses a couple yards. Big gain down the sideline gets the ball inside the 10. Injury timeout.

8:38 p.m. — Onside kick to start the half recovered by Aztec at their own 46. Frost brought down behind the line on first down. Frost tries to go deep to a wide open Marcquis Henry and throws it too far. Frost complete for first down to Travis McNeal. Ignacio gets about 4 yards on a sweep. Ignacio catches short screen pass for a couple. Ignacio tries to cut the corner but comes up a yard short of the first down. Frost completes to McNeal for another first down near the 20-yard line. Frost gets rid of a pass before he gets sacked. Long drive to open the half. Frost pass incomplete to the corner. Frost scrambles out of trouble but throws an interception, ending the drive.

Still 6-2 Bloomfield, 8:04 left in the third.

8:14 p.m. — First play of ensuing drive and ball sails over Spencer's head before he falls on it inside the 10. Bobcats opt to run out the clock and lead Aztec by a score of 6-2.

8:10 p.m. — Aztec gets the ball out near midfield after the ensuing kickoff. They're getting short gains on the ground. Second down pass attempt is off the shoulders of intended receiver.

Johnny Buckley comes down with a floater from Frost and is brought down inside the 10-yard line.

Ignacio gets very little up the middle. Frost makes an ill-advised pass as he was being brought down, lucky to have not been intercepted. Short pass completion brings the ball to the 4 yard line and fourth and goal. Can't go for field goal after last missed attempt. High snap to Frost and ball goes all the way back to 30-yard line where Frost is tackled and a turnover on downs. 

8:03 p.m. — Bloomfield takes over and gets the ball out to the 33 before a false start penalty forces them back 5 yards. A deep route from Spencer to Drew Perez goes for 40 yards. Spencer 28-yd TD pass to George Rascon gets the Bobcats on the board, 2-point attempt is no good. Bloomfield leads 6-2, 4:18 left in the half.

7:59 p.m. No gain on first down. Short gain on second down by Ignacio. Frost incomplete in the left front corner of the end zone. Field goal attempt by John Villarrial is no good. Still a 2-0 Aztec lead, 4:54 left in the half

7:55 p.m. — Spencer tries a QB sneak and appears to come up short. Chain gang confirms that observation and Bloomfield turns it over to the Tigers.

Aztec fullback Jaylen Ignacio carries a couple tacklers for what appeared to be a big gain, but personal fouls on Aztec brings it all back.

Frost throws a deep route to Marcquis Henry, who can't bring it in for what would have been a TD.

Holding penalty on Aztec makes it 4th and 18 for the Tigers at the Bobcat 45, and they're punting it away again. A delay of game penalty pushes them back further. The return is botched and Aztec recovers at the 12 yard line 

7:47 p.m. — Both teams bringing the defense tonight, neither QB is getting adequate time in the pocket. 

Baylor Seabolt comes in on the corner blitz and nearly gets the sack on Spencer, pass falls incomplete.

Diego Snell-Martinez comes up a yard short of first down after a pass completion from Spencer in the flat.

Time out Bloomfield, still 2-0 Aztec, 7:33 left in second quarter.

7:44 p.m. — Bloomfield putting pressure on Aztec QB Frost, who gets brought down at the line on first and 10, before a short pass to McNeal and a deep route falls incomplete. Aztec punts it away again.

7:42 p.m. — Aztec forced to punt and Bloomfield takes over at midfield, with Spencer completing a pass to Marc Armenta for a 18-yard gain.  

Spencer gets swallowed up a couple plays later, resulting in an Aztec sack, putting them back to the Tigers 40-yard line.

Nothing doing on 3rd down and Bloomfield turns it over again.

7:37 p.m. — End of the first quarter, Aztec leads 2-0.

7:35 p.m. — Both Aztec and Bloomfield are unable to move the ball on each other, resulting in change of possessions for both sides in the waning moments of the opening quarter.

Aztec QB Landan Frost eludes some traffic in the pocket and finds Tristen McNeal over the middle for a 20-yard gain.

Emotions running high on both sides and Aztec's coaches have been warned by officials.

Whatever positive momentum was squashed quickly when Frost fumbled after rolling out of the pocket, Aztec recovers at the Bloomfield 33.

Penalties on both sides of the ball have made it impossible for any real momentum. Procedural penalties as well as holding and personal fouls.

Blake Spencer is in at QB for the Bobcats and after a good completion got them inside the redzone, on the next play he fumbled and turned the ball over to Aztec.

7:25 p.m. — Aztec leads 2-0 after a safety on Bloomfield's opening play after a botched kickoff return found Bloomfield pinned deep in their own territory.

Bloomfield QB Ryan Sharpe was injured on the next Bobcats drive and had to be helped off the field.

AZTEC — It's game night and a good one on tap for the live blog.

6:45 p.m. — We're gonna head downstairs here and get some pregame photos and some early game footage. We'll have updates here throughout the night!

6:20 p.m. — The calm before the storm...

Aztec Tigers football coach Eric Stovall and Bloomfield Bobcats head football coach Mike Kovacs take a moment during pregame warmups at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

The quote from Mike Kovacs to Eric Stovall, "I love you like a brother, but for the next four hours...."

We're an hour from kickoff. Teams just getting onto the field at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium.

We'll have live updates from Aztec's Fred Cook Memorial Stadium where the Aztec Tigers face the Bloomfield Bobcats in a matchup of two top-ten teams in Class 4A football.

The latest NMOT coaches poll, showing Bloomfield ranked second in the state in Class 4A with Aztec ranked 13th.
Team photo of the 1966 Bloomfield Bobcats’ football team. Front row, from left: Roy Weyant, Gary Smouse, Kenny Palmer, Steve Beloat, LeRoy Dugger, John Sategna, John Cometti and Grady Hampton. Second row: Marvin Stock, Allen Corder, Leonard Raymond, Jesse Evans, Rodney Litke, Tommy Palmer, Merle Dennis and Don Tharp. Third row: Lester Green, D. Archuleta, Jim McGee, Phillip Satenga, John McSmith, Jerry Knutson, Bobby Mize and Roger Loftis. Fourth row: William Richmond, L. Jones, Henry Vigil, C. Armenta, Fred Steck, John Johnston, Irvin Raymond and Anthony Gomez. Fifth row: John Estlack, Robert Chavez, Terrence Archunde, Lyle Guffey, Randy Pearson and Bennie Armenta. Back row: Marvin McSmith, John Gutierrez, R. McCullough, Dean Stowell, D. Hare, Ricky Palmer and John Salvo.

Plus we'll keep tabs on other stories as well, including updates on games involving Piedra Vista hosting Los Alamos, Kirtland Central vs. Shiprock and Navajo Prep taking on Zuni.

The Aztec Tigers won a state football title in 2011, their first championship since 1953.

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Steve Bortstein can be reached via email at SBortstein@Gannett.com, via Twitter @DTSBortstein or on the phone at (505) 635-2680.