Broncos ground attack tallies six rushing scores
FARMINGTON – All week in practice, Kirtland Central football coach Greg Jenks preached one message to his team after it failed to score in the first quarter last week: start fast.
The Broncos came out on Friday and didn't disappoint their head coach. They hung four first-quarter touchdowns on Wingate and went on to win 50-0 at Bronco Stadium in a contest shortened by the mercy rule.
"Our very first offensive play was a touchdown," Jenks said. "That was a good way to set the tone, and the quick start was wonderful to see."
KC (4-4, 3-0 District 1-4A) has won three straight games, all of which have been stopped short due to the mercy rule.
Keishaun Aspaas has been finding the end zone at will the past three weeks, and he helped his team get off on the right foot by dashing to a 50-yard score on that opening play. He then rushed for another score on Kirtland's next offensive drive.
"Keishaun has worked hard since the summer, and it's shown," Jenks said of his senior running back. "He's always been a big playmaker."
In the big opening quarter, Aiden Cockrell notched a rushing touchdown, and KC scored on a blocked punt return for a TD to pull away from Wingate (2-7, 0-3) before the Bears even knew what hit them. The special teams and defense getting off to a fast start, in addition to the offense, was great to see, Jenks said.
"We just know that the next two weeks, we need to be ready from the very beginning," Jenks said. "So that was the focus. And the guys were ready on every play. Whether it was special teams or what, we were ready on every snap."
Quarterback Bryson Dowdy ran for two touchdowns, and senior Kyle Jim scored KC's sixth rushing touchdown of the night in the third quarter to end the contest prematurely.
Next week, the Broncos will host Shiprock (4-4, 2-1) for homecoming. The two .500 teams will be vying for a playoff spot in the 4A rivalry game.
Jenks said that starting fast will still be the primary message to his team when it hits the practice field on Monday. He said he also hopes to avoid the distractions that come with homecoming week.
"I really believe in setting that tone, so we have to be ready," Jenks said. "I reminded the boys that the whole homecoming week is centered around the football game. We can't lose focus on what's most important and what our job is, and that's getting ready for the football game."
Bloomfield 53, Thoreau 0
Like Kirtland Central, Bloomfield made quick work of its 4A opponent, winning by 50 points or more for the third consecutive week.
The Bobcats (7-1, 3-0) trumped Thoreau (3-5, 0-3) by a final score of 53-0 on Friday night on the road.
Bloomfield coach Bob Allcorn could not be reached for comment after the game.
After visiting Zuni next week, the Bobcats will close out the regular season at home against Kirtland Central on Nov. 6.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.