Charley throws three touchdowns and rushes for two more in the rout
BLOOMFIELD — The Bloomfield football team has been scorching hot since coming out of a bye two weeks ago, having now routed opponents in back-to-back games.
Following last week’s 50-0 trouncing of Wingate, the Bobcats came out on Friday night and beat Shiprock 52-0 at Bobcat Stadium in a contest shortened by the mercy rule.
Much like Wingate, Shiprock (3-4, 1-1 District 1-4A) didn’t have an answer for the shifty and quick Brendan Ramsey of Bloomfield (6-1, 2-0).
The senior racked up 144 total yards of offense on his way to three long receiving touchdowns, as well as an interception return for a touchdown on defense. He’s scored six touchdowns in two weeks.
“He fights for extra yards, he’s got the speed and agility — he has it all,” Bloomfield quarterback Brendon Charley said of Ramsey. “He’s just a fantastic player.”
Charley was unstoppable in his own right, going 8 for 11 for 201 yards passing, with three touchdowns through the air and another two touchdowns rushing.
Bloomfield started fast, scoring on an 18-yard Chauncey White TD run to open the game before recovering an onside kick and scoring on a Ramsey 33-yard TD grab 35 seconds later.
The game was already out of hand after one quarter of play as Bloomfield led the Chieftains 25-0.
Allcorn said his team couldn’t have given a much more complete effort.
“We did a lot better in our protection (than last week), and we also really pressured Shiprock’s front,” Allcorn said. “I thought we had a good mix of the pass and the run tonight, but definitely in the passing game, it was an improvement all the way around.”
The Bobcats scored on all six of their offensive drives in the effort.
As good as Bloomfield’s offense was, its defense was just as dominant, allowing a mere 26 yards of total offense.
Shiprock quarterback Arjay Miller looked uncomfortable all night. Miller was sacked twice on the Chieftains’ first two drives, and he often backpedaled his way into trouble out of the snap.
Miller also threw two interceptions that went for Bloomfield touchdowns — one to Ramsey and the other to Adriano Stevenson.
Shiprock coach Eric Stovall said he thought Bloomfield’s athleticism gave his squad fits on Friday.
“Bloomfield is very athletic, they've got a lot of speed and they beat us in all facets of the game tonight,” Stovall said. “I tell you what, if that’s the eighth-best team (in the district), I’d like to see the first.”
Shiprock narrowly avoided falling victim to the mercy rule in the first half — which was Wingate’s fate last week — and went into halftime trailing 43-0.
On the second play out of the half, Miller was picked off at the Bloomfield 45-yard line by Stevenson, who navigated his way to the end zone to finish off the game.
The Bobcats seem well positioned to continue running roughshod over the district for at least the next couple of weeks. Next week, they take on a Thoreau team that lost 46-6 to Kirtland Central on Friday night. The take on a struggling Zuni team after that.
Allcorn said he thought his team took Taos lightly on Sept. 18, when the Bobcats sneaked by with a 24-19 win. After taking the last two contests by a combined score of 102-0, he said it’s critical that his team plays all out no matter who is on the other side of the field.
“Something I’ve told these kids for a long time is, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing. We want to be the best we can be,” he said. “I thought we did a good job of that tonight. Right now, we want to prepare ourselves to beat the best of the best, and we have to get better every week to do that.”
Next week is homecoming for the Chieftains, where they’ll try to shake off the defeat and pick up a win against Zuni.
Stovall said his squad has responded positively to adversity a couple of times this season, and he believes it will do so again next week.
“We’ll bounce back,” he said. “We learn from our mistakes, and we certainly learned some valuable lessons today. We’ll go back to the drawing board, and we’ll go hard again starting on Monday.”
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.