3 big takeaways from football quarterfinals

Matt Hollinshead, mhollinshead@daily-times.com
Kirtland Central's Cadan Flack is brought down by Bloomfield defenders JT Seitzinger (27), Vince Marquez (12) and Josh Maestas (16) during Friday's 4A state football quarterfinals at KCHS.

Now fully healthy, Bobcats making big playoff run

After getting banged up in mid-September, Bloomfield players have healed up well.

BHS has proved to be among the top teams when at full strength, especially on defense.

Just like it did in the first three games, Bloomfield’s defense brought plenty of pressure up front and forced pass breakups and turnovers after dropping back into coverage in Friday’s 21-0 4A quarterfinals win over Kirtland Central.

BHS (8-4) has won five of its last six games.

The Bobcat defense is surging, and this weekend’s 4A semifinals between Bloomfield (the No. 5 seed) and top-seeded St. Pius could very well be an upset alert game.

Broncos lose thunder on offense 

After scoring 283 points in the previous seven games leading up to Friday, Kirtland Central was shut out for the first time all year in its 21-0 4A quarterfinals loss to Bloomfield.

KC drove well into BHS territory multiple times, but couldn’t punch its way into the end zone.

The wide receivers coughed up the ball after making the catch twice in the first half, and Bloomfield regained possession. Then, with the ball spotted at the Bobcat 16, KC threw an interception. It took a good five to 10 seconds to finally make the tackle and prevent an easy pick-6 touchdown.

Bronco runners also struggled to create space left and right, and the Bloomfield defensive front was right there waiting for them.

Artesia still among elites

Visiting PIedra Vista was in for a difficult day in its 39-20 5A quarterfinals loss Saturday at the Bulldog Bowl.

Artesia opened the game on a 25-6 run and didn’t look back.

Historically, the Bulldogs can’t ever be excluded from the state title conversations. 

Aztec is now two wins away from its 31st blue trophy in program history.

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