Bloomfield overcomes mistakes, downs Hope 28-21
The Bobcats benefited from a great ground attack in the road win
FARMINGTON — The final score made the game look more competitive than it was, but the Bloomfield football team was just happy to get out of Albuquerque with a win.
The Bobcats (2-2) rushed their way past Hope Christian 28-21 today on the road. Fumbles and penalties on the Bobcats' part allowed Hope (2-3) to hang around all afternoon, but it still felt like a dominant effort to coach Bob Allcorn.
"We kept them in the game by turning it over in the first half, and then in the second half, it was some mental mistakes and penalties," Allcorn said. "But our running game and our offensive line did a great job today. They helped open up the pass for us."
Bloomfield running backs fumbled the ball four times in the first half, and the Huskies recovered three of those. The fumbles were particularly disheartening, Allcorn said, because they all came after big plays. The coach did credit Hope for doing a good job of stripping the ball.
Trailing 14-13 late in the first half, the Bobcat offense put an excellent two-minute drill together. Adam Aguirre caught a ball over the middle and made a few defenders miss to put the Bobcats in field goal range with just 1.4 seconds left in the half. Kicker Cade Lillywhite then kicked a ball through the uprights to give his team the lead.
"After the frustration of the fumbles, that drive and the field goal was a great way to get us some momentum back," Allcorn said.
Michael DeHerrera blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown after halftime to make it 22-14, and then a fourth-quarter TD connection between quarterback Brendon Charley and Diego O'Neill gave Bloomfield a comfortable, two-score cushion late in the game.
Once the visitors got the ball back after Hope's last score, fullback Rudy Vigil and the rushing attack killed the clock.
Allcorn said he thinks his young offensive line has been better since the bye week, which came at a time when Bloomfield was 0-2.
"Coach (Tom) Adair's doing a good job with those guys," Allcorn said. "It's good to see them maturing; they're starting to work better together."
That offensive line should only improve from here, as senior center Tim Moore looks like he'll be activated for the first time all season on Friday when Bloomfield hosts Valencia (1-3-1). Moore has been sidelined since training camp with a concussion.
Aguirre and Drew Smith also scored touchdowns in the Bloomfield win. Charley tripled his season total by throwing for a pair of touchdowns.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.