Bobcats beat Taos, advance in state playoffs
Robinson's three touchdowns, interception were key to one-sided playoff win
BLOOMFIELD — A dominant rushing attack and a swarming defense has guided the Bloomfield football team into the second round of the 4A state playoffs.
With 410 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground, the fifth-seeded Bobcats blew by No. 12 Taos 41-7 on Friday at Bobcat Stadium.
Bloomfield (10-1) will move on to play No. 4 Robertson (8-2) next week in Las Vegas, N.M.
“The kids did a great job all the way around,” Bloomfield coach Bob Allcorn said. “We blocked them a little bit differently than we did the last time, and it really helped us get outside and establish the run outside. And we hurt them on the inside as well when we needed to.”
Bloomfield set the tone by picking up three rushing plays of at least 35 yards on its first two offensive drives. Taos (5-6) allowed two of those long runs to go for touchdowns.
Junior Chauncey White scored on a 34-yard end-around play to open the scoring, and JD Robinson burst through the trenches on his way to a 40-yard score on the next drive to give Bloomfield an early 14-0 advantage.
“(Taos) has a very complex defense, so our offensive line coach, coach (Tom) Adair, did a great job scheming what we could against them,” Allcorn said. “Then the kids executed extremely well.”
After forcing a quick three-and-out late in the first quarter, Robinson capped a seven-play, 54-yard drive by falling into the end zone from 3 yards out to put his Bobcats ahead up three scores. The senior running back had a huge game on Friday, rushing for three touchdowns and intercepting a pass on defense.
Robinson said his offensive line's performance may have been its best of the season.
“I’m extremely proud of my offensive line — all our running backs are,” Robinson said. “Every day they’re out there hitting the chutes, hitting the sleds and a lot of credit goes to coach Adair for how hard he pushes them. We hit those holes hard, too. Everyone did their job.”
With less than nine minutes to go until halftime, quarterback Brendon Charley fooled Taos’ defense on a misdirection play for a 7-yard touchdown run.
The Bobcats took a 27-point lead into the locker room for halftime and came out in clock-killing mode for the second half.
“We knew with the way we were moving the ball in the first half that we could probably control the clock down the stretch,” Allcorn said.
A 13-play, 79-yard Bloomfield drive out of the half chewed more than six minutes off the game clock. It ended in a 2-yard touchdown rush from Robinson and crushed any hopes the visitors had at making a comeback.
Taos’ only score came less than a minute later, when quarterback Rec Reid completed a 65-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Madrid.
Bloomfield defensive back Kyle Burkholder leaped into the air to try and bat the ball down, but it sailed just over his fingertips and into Madrid's hands. He ran the rest of the way untouched for an easy score.
Allcorn said the long passing touchdown was the only blemish of the night for Bloomfield’s defense.
“Coach Jim Belveal did a great job with the defense, had a great plan, and they executed incredibly well,” Allcorn said. “Just gave up basically the one bad play.”
Another long, double-digit play drive, ending in Charley’s second touchdown run of the night, sealed the scoring and punched Bloomfield’s ticket to Las Vegas for next week’s battle with Robertson.
Allcorn said he thinks Robertson is going to try to run the ball a lot.
“They’re a physical, run-first team, and we have to match their physicality,” he said.
Senior tight end and linebacker Adriano Stevenson left the game in the first half with a knee injury and did not return. He was on the sidelines in crutches for the second half, but Allcorn said he thinks Stevenson “should play” next week.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.