BLOOMFIELD — The Farmington football team left no doubt that it came to play tonight.
The Scorps capitalized on early errors from Bloomfield, building a 20-0 lead in the first 3:10 of play and rolling to a 56-20 win over the Bobcats at Bobcat Stadium.
“It’s huge,” Farmington coach Jeff Dalton said of the Scorps’ start. “We’ve seen how many games that’s decided. Some have gone against us, and a couple have gone for us. It’s the same way we started against Miyamura last week. We preach being focused at all times, and that’s when you can take advantage of some of those opportunities.”
Things couldn’t have started any better for the Scorps (4-5-1, 4-1) or worse for the Bobcats (4-6, 1-4).
Bloomfield botched the opening kickoff, fumbling the kick and giving possession to Farmington at the BHS 32-yard line. Two Axel Fowler runs later, the Scorps were in the end zone, making it 7-0 just 29 seconds into the first quarter.
The Bobcats went three and out on their next possession, then fumbled the snap on the punt. Farmington’s Justin Williams returned the fumble to the Bloomfield 10-yard line, and two plays later, the Scorps were back in the end zone, this time on a 1-yard TD pass from Kody Becenti to Sol Rascon.
The Farmington defense held the Bobcats to another three-and-out series on their next possession. After a Bloomfield punt, Farmington started at its own 49 and needed only one play to get back in the end zone. Becenti hit Ethan Todd, who tiptoed down the right sideline to stay in bounds and raced across the goal line for the score, making it 20-0 with 8:50 left in the first quarter.
“We had to refocus after we lost that opening kickoff and fumbled that snap. We got down quick and our emotions went down,” Bloomfield coach Bob Allcorn said. “I think like last week, we weren’t quite focused on the right thing. Once we got focused on the right thing, we played pretty good at times.”
Bloomfield’s offense got going on its next possession. After a long pass play to get inside the Farmington 5-yard line, running back Rudy Vigil punched the ball in the end zone for a 2-yard TD run, bringing the score to 20-7 midway through the first quarter.
Farmington extended its lead with a 32-yard Fowler run, making it 27-7 a few minutes into the second quarter.
On Farmington’s next possession, Donovan Gonzalez found the end zone on a 3-yard run to push the lead to 35-7.
After converting on third-and-27 situation, Bloomfield’s Vigil found the end zone again, this time from 9 yards out, cutting the Bobcats’ deficit to 35-14 with 37 seconds left before halftime.
The second half started similarly to the first.
Bloomfield tried an onside kick to catch the Scorps napping, but Farmington recovered and scored on the possession with a 29-yard Becenti-to-Todd connection.
Farmington added two more quick scores, getting a 17-yard run from Fowler, his third TD of the game, and a Becenti-to-Gabe Medina TD from 18 yards out.
The Bobcats scored on a Brendon Charley throw to Drew Smith for a TD with 1:06 left in the game.
The loss ends Bloomfield’s up-and-down season, and the Bobcats will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Per Bloomfield tradition, Allcorn had all his senior players line up on the field after the game, allowing every player and coach to say tearful thanks and goodbyes to the departing players.
“I thanked them for all their hard work and all they did. It’s a big deal when your senior season comes to an end, and that reality sets in,” Allcorn said. “These four years go by incredibly fast. There’s only a small window, and sometimes you can make something special out of your high school football career, and for a lot of them that’s all they’re going to get.”
With the win, Farmington finished second in the District 1-5A standings behind Aztec. And after an 0-4-1 start, the Scorps are playing their best football and will find out if they make the 5A playoffs when the bracket is revealed Sunday afternoon.
“We had a lot of growing pains this year, and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we feel like we’re kind of peaking right now,” Dalton said. “It’s playoff time, and if the NMAA lets us in, we’ll be ready for whoever they let us play.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.