Bloomfield's late rally not enough in loss to Hope Christian

Late touchdown propels Huskies to 23-17 win

Matt Hollinshead,
  • The Bobcats overcame an early deficit to take the lead, but a late defensive lapse led to the loss.
  • Bloomfield fell to 1-3 with the loss.
  • The Bobcats are on the road at Valencia next week for a 7 p.m. contest.


BLOOMFIELD – The Bloomfield football team made things interesting with a valiant second-half rally against Hope Christian, but ill-timed miscues overshadowed that late run in tonight’s 23-17 loss at Bobcat Stadium.

“It’s devastating,” Bobcats wide receiver Diego O’Neill said.

The Bloomfield offense got off to a rough start, struggling to move the chains and enduring two bad snaps early on. The first one, starting from the Bobcats' own 20, resulted in a safety, making it 9-0 Hope Christian a couple minutes into the second quarter.

“Just laziness, no execution,” O’Neill said.

Bloomfield's Adam Aguirre prepares to stiff arm a Hope Christian defender during Friday's game at Bobcat Stadium in Bloomfield.

Recognizing the way the Huskie defense was stacking the box, the Bobcats opted to go airborne in the third quarter. And they started building some momentum that way.

Wide receiver Isaac Anaya bolted through the middle crease and scored on a 44-yard touchdown reception a little more than one minute into the third.

The Bloomfield offense proceeded down the field with numerous quick routes a short time later, and O’Neill made it a 16-14 game with a 6-yard touchdown reception on the far left side.

The Bobcats kept chipping away, again getting deep into Hope Christian territory entering the final minute of play. Bloomfield nailed a 26-yard field goal with 59 seconds left to take a 17-14 lead.

Then came the last big blow, as Hope Christian’s Nick Henry caught a 42-yard go-ahead touchdown reception down the left side with 25 seconds left to give his squad the victory.

Bloomfield's Vince Marquez returns an interception against Hope Christian during Friday's game at Bobcat Stadium in Bloomfield.

“It’s always tough to go through those highs and lows. You’ve got to give Hope credit. They made plays down the stretch,” Bobcats coach Bob Allcorn said. “We’ve got to bounce back. We’ll see how resilient we are. I felt this is a game we should’ve won.”

Bloomfield (1-3) will play at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Valencia, while Hope Christian (3-2) will play at 7 p.m. at Santa Rosa that same night.

Friday's local prep football scores

Hope Christian 23, Bloomfield 17

Shiprock 28, Cuba 0

West Mesa 24, Piedra Vista 14

Monticello, Utah, 28, Kirtland Central 6

Newcomb 50, Laguna Acoma 22

Socorro 47, Navajo Prep 0

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