Bobcat running backs total 213 yards, 6 touchdowns in easy district title win
BLOOMFIELD — Since taking over the Bloomfield football head coaching job two seasons ago, Bob Allcorn has been dedicated to building a dominant running game, and he’s now succeeded to the tune of back-to-back District 1-4A championships.
Out of the 55 offensive plays run by the Bobcats (9-1, 5-0) during Friday's regular-season finale against Kirtland Central, 46 were runs, and the hosts gashed the Broncos on the ground to earn the 48-13 win at Bobcat Stadium.
“I thought we pretty well dominated the game. We gave them their scores on some dumb mistakes,” Allcorn said. “We felt that we could run on them based on what we saw on film, and we felt like the cold weather made it that much better.”
It was a three-headed monster at running back for the Bobcats with JD Robinson, Chauncey White and Brendan Ramsey combining for 213 rushing yards and six touchdowns. That trio, along with outstanding Bobcat offensive line play, exhausted Kirtland (5-5, 4-1) as the game went on.
“That Bloomfield team is very, very good,” KC coach Greg Jenks said. “We had plays where we stopped them, and those were the plays where we read the guards. And when we kept our eyes in their backfield, we gave up the big runs.”
Bloomfield’s first two drives went for eight plays apiece, and both ended in touchdown runs. The first was a 2-yard blast by Robinson, and on the second, Chauncey White went untouched for a 9-yard run on a sweep play.
But on the ensuing drive for Kirtland, Bloomfield suddenly started to implode. The Bobcats committed three penalties — including one unsportsmanlike conduct call — to help KC get on the board via a 12-yard TD rush by Keishaun Aspaas.
That lack of discipline carried over to Bloomfield’s next offensive possession, when the team committed two more penalties on its way to a three and out.
Allcorn called a timeout on the next drive to settle his team down, and the Bloomfield penalties were few and far between after that.
“It was very frustrating. I was embarrassed there for a minute how we let our composure get away from us,” he said. “It was just basically one kid, and we got him corrected and got everything going in the right direction."
To end a nice 6-yard carry on the Broncos' next drive, Aspaas fell forward on the 1-yard line, but his run was erased by a holding call that pushed KC back 18 yards. The Broncos eventually turned the ball over on downs on a long Bryson Dowdy pass that went out of bounds.
The Broncos got within inches of scoring an additional two touchdowns on Friday night, but twice they came away from those drives without points.
“Those were game-changers, especially that first one,” Jenks said. “We think we’re going to tie it 14-14, and then we don’t. I obviously have got to do a better job of getting my team prepared, because every really good team we’ve played this year, we haven't been ready for.”
Brendan Ramsey completed the momentum shift on the Bobcats' next drive by taking three carries for 24 yards to get Bloomfield into the red zone.
White then took the ball and finished the drive with his second touchdown run of the night with just 14 ticks left on the clock before halftime.
After the break, Bloomfield continued the assault on the ground by running eight straight times en route to another short touchdown run by Robinson.
Following a quick Bronco three-and-out, Ramsey provided the dagger with a 90-yard touchdown dash to put Bloomfield ahead by 27 points in the middle of the third quarter.
“It was a very effective game plan all the way around,” Allcorn said. “The kids executed at a high level just like I thought they would.”
In the fourth quarter, Brendon Charley hooked up with Chauncey White on a 78-yard touchdown pass, and Robinson scored on the ground for the third time.
Kirtland’s lone second-half score came on a quick-hit 7-yard strike from Dowdy to Riley Hamblin.
Aspaas was a workhorse for the Broncos, carrying the ball 26 times for 116 hard-earned yards.
While Kirtland is still holding out hope that it can sneak into the state playoffs with an 11th or 12th seed when the brackets are released over the weekend, Bloomfield has already punched its ticket with the win. Allcorn said the two straight district titles are nice, but he’s eyeing more.
“Winning a district title is one of your main goals every year as a team. It’s what you set out for, but nobody wants to stop there,” he said. “So we’ll see who we draw next week. I’m excited for it.”
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.