Bobcats maul Bengals; Storm drowns Panthers
Aguirre, Smith get it going on the ground for Bloomfield in lopsided win
FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield football team took its frustrations out on lowly Gallup tonight for a 53-0 victory on the road.
Adam Aguirre scored three touchdowns and Rudy Vigil made it into the end zone twice as the Bobcats (4-4, 1-2 District 1-5A) put a couple of tough district losses behind them by scoring a much-needed district win.
“The kids executed at a high level and really played well tonight,” Bloomfield coach Bob Allcorn said. “Everybody got to play, and they played well — I think we only gave up two first downs the entire game.”
The Bobcats ran away with the game before the second quarter started by building a 27-0 lead over the Bengals (2-6, 0-3).
The game was called because of the mercy rule just three minutes into the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats head to Bronco Stadium next week to play at Kirtland Central in what Allcorn called a must-win game. He said he’ll be preaching execution this week in practice.
“Kirtland has a lot of great athletes. They’re definitely going to put some pressure on us,” Allcorn said. “We know we’re in the fight of our lives, and we know they are, too, so we have to play at a really high level.”
Cleveland 45, Piedra Vista 0
The Piedra Vista football team made things too easy for Cleveland, which rolled to a 45-0 win over the Panthers tonight at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.
“Our special teams were really, really bad this week. We couldn’t get a snap. We couldn’t kick it. We couldn’t do a lot of thing,” PV coach Jared Howell said. “That’s the really disappointing thing — the unforced errors. The errors that Cleveland didn’t force us into.”
PV stopped the Storm (8-1, 2-1 District 1-6A) on its first two possessions, but after being forced to punt, the Panthers snapped the ball over the punter's head, giving Cleveland the ball on the PV 1-yard line.
Howell said that after the botched snap on the punt, the mistakes began to pile up against the Panthers (5-3, 0-2).
During the game, PV showed signs of success against the Storm’s defense, but every time the Panthers picked up a couple of first downs, their drive would stall when they would be flagged for a penalty.
“We’d move the ball a little bit, then we’d have a penalty. We’d jump offside or line up wrong. We’d make an error, and you can’t do that,” Howell said. “I know we’re better than that. We played the first part of our schedule and didn’t do that, and now all of the sudden we are.”
Howell said he didn’t think the mistakes were the difference between a win and a loss, but he believes had the Panthers played a clean game, they would have at least challenged Cleveland, which on senior night honored one more player than PV brought to Rio Rancho.
“They out-athlete us at almost every position. I don’t know that we stop them the whole game, but I think we at least make them earn it. We’re perfectly capable of making them earn their points and not just gift wrapping them. That’s disappointing, that we didn’t make them earn it.”
PV will host Volcano Vista next week at Hutchison Stadium.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.
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