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Scorpions try to sting the Broncos at home

Bloomfield hosts Aztec in key district match-up

Jake Newby
jnewby@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON — The Farmington football team feels like it is better than its 1-4-1 record indicates, and the Scorpions will try to prove that to Kirtland Central on Friday during the second week of the district schedule.

Farmington's Donovan Gonzalez attempts to catch a pass during a game against Kirtland Central on Sept. 4, 2015, at Bronco Stadium in Kirtland.

Turnovers and penalties were the theme of Farmington's nondistrict slate of games, and the Scorps came out of them bruised with four losses and a rare tie. But they got on track in a major way last week with a 58-7 thrashing of Gallup in both teams' District 1-5A opener.

The level of competition will be turned up a notch this week for Farmington when it welcomes KC (4-2, 0-1) into Hutchison Stadium.

The Broncos steamrolled Shiprock 50-0 in their final nondistrict game on Sept. 23, but came unglued during a 62-35 loss to Aztec last week, so consistency has been an issue for coach Greg Jenks' group.

Scorps quarterback Kody Becenti has thrown and rushed for a combination of seven touchdowns over the past two weeks, and he'll try to stay hot against a KC defense that just allowed Aztec signal called Cody Smith to pile up six touchdowns.

Farmington's defense will surely key in on KC's trio of top playmakers — Zach Van Duren, Bryson Dowdy and Jacob Franco. Van Duren was a one-man army last week with five TDs against Aztec.

The Scorps torched the Broncos 50-26 when the teams met in Kirtland last season.

Aztec at Bloomfield

Friday's battle between Aztec and Bloomfield, two longtime rivals and neighboring cities, will result in one team surpassing the .500 mark while the other one dips below it.

The Tigers caught a bad break last season when they were scheduled to welcome Bloomfield into Aztec for their home opener. Construction was being done at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec early last September, so the Tigers had to play at Bloomfield, which means they'll visit Bobcat Stadium for a third straight year when the teams clash Friday night.

The Bobcats (3-3, 0-1) thumped Aztec 48-28 in that opener last year, which Tigers coach Matt Steinfeldt thought set the tone for a down season.

Cody Smith carries the ball against Bloomfield during their game on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Bobcat Stadium in Bloomfield.

So far in 2016, Aztec (3-3, 1-0) has looked like a better team than the 4-7 unit Steinfeldt fielded last year. The Tigers are coming off two straight 62-point performances, both resulting in victories.

Cody Smith has blossomed into a lethal dual-threat QB with 1,552 passing yards and 427 rushing yards to his name already this season. Miyamura dual-threat QB Matt Chavez spearheaded a stunning comeback win for his Patriots over the Bobcats last week, so a date with this defense looks like an attractive one on paper for Smith.

Bloomfield coach Bob Allcorn said his defenders will have to play with a lot more discipline and a lot more trust in one another if they hope to tame the Tigers at home.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.