Scorpions come up short against Durango

Kirtland Central and Bloomfield pick up lopsided wins on the road

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — The Farmington football team couldn’t overcome turnovers and untimely penalties as the Scorpions' comeback effort against Durango, Colo., came up short in a 32-26 loss tonight in Durango.

Farmington's Kody Becenti looks to pass against Durango on Friday at Durango High School in Durango, Colo.

After scoring late in the fourth quarter to get within one touchdown, Farmington went for an onside kick. The kick was played nearly perfectly, and the Scorps recovered, but it was ruled that the Farmington player touched the ball just before it had traveled 10 yards.

But the Scorps (0-3-1) got another chance, holding the Demons (2-2) on the ensuing possession and forcing a punt with about 20 seconds remaining.

The snap for the punt was short, and Farmington took over on downs at the Durango 42-yard line with 13 seconds remaining.

Farmington quarterback Kody Becenti found an open receiver, who reached the 10-yard line before being taken down as time expired.

The Scorps’ offense moved the ball throughout the game, but regularly committed penalties to kill the drive or turned the ball over when it was threatening to score.

“It seemed like we ran 16 plays to get four first downs because we had to keep starting over on the first possession,” Farmington coach Jeff Dalton said. “We made some mistakes and couldn’t go without a penalty, and we turned the ball over a couple of times.”

Farmington's Justin Williams catches the ball against Durango on Friday at Durango High School in Durango, Colo.

Even with the miscues, Dalton said the Scorps played their best game of the season.

“The thing we really want take away from this one, especially in the fourth quarter, is we played to win, and we competed better than we’ve competed all year,” Dalton said. “I’m really happy with how well we played.”

Farmington has a bye next week and will host Roswell (3-1) on Sept. 30 for its homecoming game.

Kirtland Central 40, Los Alamos 14

The Kirtland Central football team dictated the style of play against Los Alamos and spoiled the Hilltoppers’ homecoming tonight in Los Alamos.

KC coach Greg Jenks said the Broncos’ offensive line played well the entire game, leading to more than 250 yards of offense on the ground in the 40-14 win.

With KC’s running game eating up yardage and keeping the Los Alamos defense on the field for long periods of time, the Broncos began to wear the Hilltoppers down late in the game, leading to a 99-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

Aside from Los Alamos’ first possession of the game, Jenks said the Broncos (3-1) settled in to keep the Hilltoppers (1-3) contained.

“The first drive defensively was horrible, but after that, we settled down and played assignment defense against their option,” Jenks said.

The Broncos will travel to Shiprock next week to take on their longtime rival in the Chieftains (2-2).

Jenks said there won’t be anything different in the Broncos’ approach to the rivalry game, saying the approach the last couple of weeks has been to focus on the fundamentals that will make the Broncos a better team as the season goes on.

Bloomfield 26, Bernalillo 0

The Bloomfield football team picked up its first win of the season, shutting out Bernalillo (0-4) 26-0 tonight on the road.

The Bobcats will be back on the road next week when they travel to Albuquerque to play Hope Christian (2-2) with an afternoon kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Bloomfield coach Bob Allcorn could not be reached for comment.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.