AZTEC — The Aztec Tigers quickly pulled ahead of the Bloomfield Bobcats in tonight's 41-13 win at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.
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. "The boys are starting to play well together. They're starting to play the physical brand of football that we want them to and they're believing in themselves."
Both Steinfeldt and Bloomfield coach Bob Allcorn described the game as a very physical one.
"I thought the key moments were just the turnovers on our part and it really made a difference in the game," Allcorn said. "I'm proud of how our kids played. They played hard, very physical and it was a very physical game."
Allcorn said the Bobcats anticipated how physical the game turned out to be.
"We're young, so we're going to get better and grow and learn from it," he said.
Bloomfield's Cade Lillywhite scored both of the team's touchdowns during the game.
Allcorn said the offense will work on its passing game in preparation for next week's home game against Gallup.
Aztec struggled with penalties and could have had an additional 12 points were it not for those flags.
Steinfeldt said the team emphasized eliminating personal fouls this past week. He said Aztec had fewer personal fouls this week than in previous games and will work on reducing physical penalties such as holding.
"We're making progress in that direction," he said.
Aztec (3-4, 2-0) will host Farmington at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, while Bloomfield (2-5, 0-2) will entertain Gallup at 7 p.m. that same night.
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