Bloomfield blown away by Robertson 49-6
Bobcats' season ends in the state quarterfinals
FARMINGTON – A terrific season for the Bloomfield football team came to a disappointing end at Robertson’s hands on Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas, N.M.
The No. 4 Cardinals got on the scoreboard with a 65-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and never looked back, rolling over No. 5 Bloomfield 49-6 in the 4A state quarterfinals.
The loss marks the second straight quarterfinals elimination for the Bobcats after Cobre ousted them 34-23 last year.
“I think the better team won today. They just had the better squad,” Bloomfield coach Bob Allcorn said.
Robertson junior Marc Grano broke free for the long touchdown run on the game’s first play. Allcorn said his focus coming into the day was to stop junior running back Joseph Paul Griego, who led the Cardinals in rushing this season.
But the Cardinals mixed it up in an effort to keep Bloomfield’s defense off balance, and it worked.
“We didn’t adjust to the different runners they were bringing in, even though we worked on it all week,” Allcorn said.
Bloomfield’s defense forced a fourth-down fumble on Robertson’s second possession and recovered the ball. The Bobcats came out of the first quarter facing a manageable 7-0 deficit, but Robertson just abused them on the ground from that point on.
Robertson had some first-half issues with ball security, but Bloomfield couldn’t take advantage. The hosts fumbled three times in the first half, but recovered two of them.
Bloomfield went on to lose the turnover battle four to one on Saturday. Quarterback Brendon Charley doubled his regular-season interception total by throwing two picks, and the Bobcats matched their turnover total for the entire season with four.
Griego rushed into the end zone from 12 yards out early in the second quarter, and Robertson quarterback Arjay Ortiz threw a 32-yard touchdown pass inside the half's final minute to give Robertson a 22-0 halftime lead.
Ortiz threw a pair of TDs on the day, and on defense, he intercepted both of Charley’s errant throws. Allcorn said Ortiz stood out for the Cardinals.
“He did a good job running their system, and I think their offensive line protected him well,” Allcorn said of Ortiz. “He was able to scramble out of some situations that usually would have been sacks for us, but weren’t today.”
Things got ugly for Bloomfield in the third quarter when Robertson scored on a rushing touchdown following a Charley fumble and then forced another fumble on the kickoff less than two minutes later, which Ortiz fell on for the score.
The Cardinals then were able to dominate the line of scrimmage to kill off a good chunk of the second half. Allcorn said he knew the size difference in the trenches would be a problem coming into the contest.
“They were stronger, mainly,” he said. “They just really dominated the line of scrimmage. You just ain’t going to win football games when that happens. I think we made a lot of strides, but we have to get a lot stronger and keep on working in the weight room. I think that’s going to be the key for our program in the future.”
Down 49-0 with less than three minutes to go in the fourth, Charley threw a touchdown pass to Chauncey White to break up the shutout.
Both Charley and White will be seniors next year for a Bloomfield team that will try to continue to progress under Allcorn. The Bobcats went 10-2 in each of the last two seasons and have not lost a district game on Allcorn’s watch. They won their first playoff game in seven seasons this year by beating Taos last week after earning a bye into the quarterfinals in 2014.
“I’m really proud of the kids, proud of the seniors,” Allcorn said. “You want to show up and you want to do well. When that doesn’t happen, it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for the kids because I don’t think today represented the type of team they are. You have to give a lot of credit to Robertson. I think they played extremely well.”
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.