ALBUQUERQUE – The Bloomfield Bobcats varsity squad beat St. Pius X Saturday to advance to the 4A tournament finals on Dec. 1 against the Taos Tigers in Taos at Anaya Field.
The 9-4 Bobcats will face the 11-1 Taos Tigers at Taos High School on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Tigers dispatched the Portales Rams 35-14 on Saturday.
The St. Pius X varsity football squad lost Saturday's hometown playoff game at Nusenda Community Stadium in Albuquerque against Bloomfield with a final score of 15-6.
The match was part of the 2018 NMAA State Football Championships - 4A tournament series.
Bloomfield led by 8 as the first quarter ended as the Bobcats rushed to complete a touchdown and a two-point conversion with just three minutes left in the quarter.
Bobcat Marc Armenta blasted into the end zone for the first score against the St Pius X in the first quarter of the Class 4A semifinal game.
Bloomfield wide receiver Jesse Wortman landed a pass in the end zone to nail the two-point conversion against St Pius X’s defensive squad.
The Sartans answered with their own touchdown with six minutes left in the second quarter but their two-point conversion attempt failed leaving the halftime score 8-6 in the Bobcats’ favor, according to scores compiled by Maxpreps.com.
Bloomfield kicked off to St. Pius to start a scoreless third quarter, but Bloomfield fullback Angelo Atencio made a strong attempt to dive into the end zone.
With a minute to go in the fourth quarter, Bloomfield rushed to another touchdown and kicked the extra point to finish the game.
Daily-Times correspondent Curtis Ray Benally contributed to this report.