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Run-first teams battle for the right to play Robertson in round two

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FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield football team went through its only lull of the season in late September when the Bobcats almost blew one game and then lost for the first time the following week.

The game the Bobcats nearly lost was to Taos (5-5) on Sept. 18. Bloomfield allowed two late-game touchdowns, but still managed to sneak away with the 24-19 win.

On Friday, the No. 5 Bobcats (9-1, 5-0 District 1-4A) will play the No. 12 Tigers again, this time at Bobcat Stadium in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.

“More than anything, we’re just making sure we’re focused and not looking past anybody, which seemed like the case last time around,” Bloomfield coach Bob Allcorn said. “I think the guys know that Taos is a good, solid team. I think for a 12-seed, they’re a pretty good 12-seed.”

The week after edging Taos, Bloomfield played an uninspired game against Hope Christian and lost 21-6 at home. Since then, the Bobcats have been unstoppable with five straight blowout wins over district opponents. They allowed only 13 points in that five-game stretch, and all of those came in last week’s 48-13 win over Kirtland Central.

With Taos, Bloomfied knows it will face a team trying to establish the run. Allcorn said he’s confident his team will be more prepared for the Tigers than it was the first time around.

“They’re very similar in what they’re doing. I think we have a better understanding of what I think they’re going to try to do against our offense,” Allcorn said. “I thought defensively we played a pretty good game. We gave up a few opportunities on a couple of freak plays. Other than that, I think our defense did a good job. I think we’ve got some more experience since then.”

The Tigers have gone 4-2 since losing to Bloomfield. After watching tape this week, Allcorn said he believes his rushing attack could be as successful against Taos as it was against Kirtland Central last week. The Bobcats racked up 361 yards on an 8.6 yards per carry average against KC.

While the running game is Bloomfield’s team identity, its passing game is much better than it was earlier in the season. Quarterback Brendon Charley has done an exceptional job taking care of the ball this season, having thrown only one interception all year. Allcorn thinks Charley has gotten much more comfortable running the offense.

“If I ever ask his opinions on plays, he’s always got a good, solid perspective on what we’re trying to do, so it’s almost like having another coach out on the field,” Allcorn said. “I think it’s him knowing the receivers better and feeling more confident. If you look at it, he really spreads the ball around to four or five receivers.”

The winner of Friday’s rematch will visit Robertson (8-2) in the second round next week.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.

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