FARMINGTON — One week after basking in the glory of a comeback win, the Bloomfield football team was on the opposite end of that spectrum tonight at Bobcat Stadium.
Miyamura (5-1, 1-0 District 1-5A) two-way quarterback Matt Chavez had his way with Bloomfield's defense in the second half, as the Patriots erased a 27-12 halftime deficit and stunned the hosts by winning 40-33 in both teams' district opener.
Bloomfield coach Bob Allcorn said his defense just couldn't get off the field in the second half.
"We could not stop their quarterback," Allcorn said of Chavez. "He ate us alive. It seemed like every time we had him in a third-and-long situation, he either made a play with his arm or with his feet."
A man on a mission, Chavez led the Pats to four scoring drives in the second half. The Bobcats (3-3, 0-1) had a chance to steal the game, or at least tie, late in the fourth quarter, but they were stopped cold on a fourth-and-1, off-tackle rushing attempt at Miyamura's 10-yard line.
Allcorn has to deal with another versatile QB next week when Bloomfield hosts Aztec (3-3, 0-1). He said his team has to be disciplined if it hopes to bounce back from tonight's letdown.
"The bottom line is, if we play disciplined and do our jobs, we'll be OK," he said. "Right now, we're not trusting our reads. We're freelancing, and you're never going to be successful freelancing."
Drew Smith was a beast for Bloomfield with four of the team's five touchdowns. The junior halfback rushed for three scores and also caught a long touchdown pass from quarterback Brendon Charley.
Farmington 58, Gallup 7
The Scorpions let out a season's worth of frustration on Gallup tonight on the road.
Farmington (1-4-1, 1-0 District 1-5A) finally and emphatically put one in the win column when it stung the Bengals for 42 points in the first quarter and won 58-7.
Farmington coach Jeff Dalton said the Scorps have actually played good football this year; it's just the winning part of the game that has eluded them.
"The one lesson we had left for the guys to learn this year was just how to finish a game and win it," Dalton said. "We've seen some adversity, and played pretty well through it, but just learning how to get a win under our belt is huge, especially with a bunch of good competition left on our schedule."
The defense came ready to play against Gallup (2-4, 0-1) with three takeaways in the opening quarter. Safeties Kale Lucas and Mason Ross both intercepted passes, and Axel Fowler recovered a fumble.
Offensively, Kody Becenti threw for three touchdowns and rushed for a another as Farmington ripped Gallup apart in the early going.
"The offense protected the ball, and the defense forced turnovers," Dalton said. "Which is kind of the opposite of what we've been experiencing."
Donovan Gonzalez scored twice during the first-quarter onslaught, and Fowler rushed for a TD.
The Scorps look to keep the momentum rolling in their favor next week when they return home to face Kirtland Central (4-2, 0-1).
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.