Bloomfield scores seven first-half touchdowns to put Wingate away early
BLOOMFIELD — Homecoming night went off without a hitch for the Bloomfield football team on Friday.
The Bobcats (5-1, 1-0 District 1-4A) needed only one half of play to get the job done against Wingate (2-4, 0-1) before the mercy rule kicked in for the Bears and the game ended 50-0 at Bobcat Stadium.
Brendan Ramsey starred for the hosts, catching two touchdown passes and running for another on a highlight-reel, option-play rush in the second quarter.
Ramsey, a senior, said his team was anxious to get back on the field after a bye week, especially since Bloomfield suffered its first loss of the season the last time it played.
“I told the guys, ‘Hey, that was a wake-up call,’” Ramsey said of Bloomfield’s 21-6 loss to Hope Christian two weeks ago. “We came close to (losing) to Taos the week before. So I told them, ‘We have to take these two weeks and make the best of them to get things turned around.’”
The Bobcats certainly started like they were eager to get a sour taste out of their mouths.
In the game’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Brendon Charley fooled Wingate’s defensive backfield on a play-action and heaved the ball to a wide open Ramsey for a 49-yard score.
After forcing Wingate to turn the ball over on downs, the Charley-Ramsey connection hooked up again for an 18-yard scoring strike on the Bobcats’ second possession.
Bloomfield coach Bob Allcorn said getting the passing game into rhythm was key.
“One of the big things we tried to do tonight was improve on our pass execution,” he said. “We wanted to improve our pass game so we could utilize that better the second half of the season.”
On Bloomfield’s third drive, team-leading rusher JD Robinson got going.
The senior power back carried the ball five times for 46 yards on the drive and finished with a 3-yard touchdown run.
In the second quarter, Charley and the passing game continued to flourish. The Bobcats’ second-quarter scoring was bookended by two touchdown throws to tight end Adriano Stevenson. The first was from 31 yards out and the second was a 10-yard score.
Also in the big, 30-point Bloomfield second quarter, Diego O’Neill scooped up a Wingate fumble on the kickoff and took it 15 yards to the house for a score.
The Bobcats' special teams forced and recovered two fumbles. The defense picked up four sacks and a safety while allowing a microscopic 9 yards of total offense on the night.
Allcorn said it was good to see every facet of the game earn a piece of the win.
“I was really proud with how we swarmed to the ball,” he said. “Even if we didn’t make the initial tackle on a kickoff or on defense, there was always a lot of guys there, and they didn’t stop hustling until we ended the play. That’s something we’ve been focusing on as well.”
With less than five minutes to go in the half, Ramsey took a shuffle pass from Charley on an option behind the line of scrimmage and juked a Wingate defender, hurdled another and then tiptoed his way inside the right pylon for a touchdown just before losing his balance.
The play amazed Allcorn from the sideline.
“That was a phenomenal run down the sideline; I thought he was out of bounds,” he said. “I had a great view of his feet, and he kept them in bounds the entire time. It was beautiful.”
Ramsey said he just did what he could with a play he wasn’t used to running.
“It was one of those plays where you take what you can get,” he said. “Coach kind of scared me because it was the first time running the option, and we ran it to the short side. But I just take what coach gives me and I do my job.”
The Bobcats rushed for 99 yards as a team. Through the air, Charley went 7 for 14 for 135 yards and three touchdowns.
Bloomfield will play at home again next week against 3-3 Shiprock. Allcorn acknowledged the strides the Chieftains have made under first-year coach Eric Stovall and said he doesn’t expect a win to come easy.
“Shiprock’s much improved under coach Stovall,” Allcorn said. “It’s a game we have to be prepared for. We know they’re going to throw the ball around. I’m glad to see the success that they’re having and it just makes it better for our district all the way around.”
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.