Kirtland Central hosted Farmington in Friday’s District 1-5A football game at Bronco Stadium. Matt Hollinshead/The Daily Times
KIRTLAND – Farmington’s offense and Kirtland Central’s offense have gone in virtually opposite directions since District 1-5A play began.
The Scorpions are prolonging possessions and coasting the down the field, while the Broncos are struggling to generate solid possessions. Tonight’s 42-7 FHS victory at Bronco Stadium was the latest testament.
"We wanted to jump on them and take their spirit away," Farmington wide receiver Jacob Brown said.
The Scorpions have scored 95 points in their first two district games, whereas the Broncos scored just 17 total points in that span.
"Extremely (frustrating)," Kirtland Central coach Greg Jenks said. "Farmington's a very, very good team. When you look at who they played in the preseason, they played some awfully good competition."
The Broncos had a promising start on their opening drive when Brock Beckstead caught a deep pass in some traffic and got his team well within striking distance. But the end of that possession resulted in a field goal try, which was blocked by Farmington’s Kale Lucas.
When asked about that sequence, Jenks was at a loss.
"That's for me to find out. That's for me to figure out and solve it for next week," Jenks said. "We'd get it going and not finish the drive. We got inside the 20 yards I don't know how many times in the first half, and zero points. Extremely frustrating."
The Scorpions soon took command from there.
Farmington opened some simple routes proceeding down the field, including Ethan Todd’s 22-yard touchdown reception. Todd scored again in the third quarter on a 43-yard touchdown reception.
Brown later fought off a couple defenders charging down the line just inches from the FHS sideline, taking it to the house for a 49-yard touchdown reception. Axel Fowler then opened the floodgates with an 85-yard touchdown reception shortly before halftime.
"It was crazy, man," Brown said. "We're hitting our different targets, we give the little short passes to the wide receivers, then we get big plays with our wide receivers."
Meanwhile, Broncos quarterback Bryson Dowdy scattered all around the pocket trying to set up plays and get things going, but passes were off-target.
Farmington (4-3, 2-0) will play at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Aztec, while Kirtland Central (4-3, 0-2) looks to get back on track at Miyamura at 7 p.m. that same night.
Aztec 41, Bloomfield 13
The Aztec Tigers quickly pulled ahead of Bloomfield Bobcats tonight at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.
The Tigers defeated the rival Bobcats 41-13.
Aztec Coach Matthew Steinfeldt said the team is playing better each week and is nearing its potential.
"The boys know that every week should be our best game and we know that we have three hard district games in front of us and each one of these games is a preparation for that," he said.
Aztec (3-4) will play the Farmington Scorpions next Friday at Aztec High School and the Bobcats (2-5) will face Gallup Bengals at Bloomfield High School.
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— Hannah Grover
Friday's local prep football scores
Farmington 42, Kirtland Central 7
Aztec 41, Bloomfield 13
Navajo Prep X, Piedra Vista JV 33, Navajo Prep 6 (Thurs.)
Newcomb 50, Crowpoint 0
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.