FARMINGTON — Robert Lyon threw for five touchdowns on just 15 pass attempts as the Bloomfield Bobcats blew out Thoreau.
Bloomfield won its District 1-3A opener 52-0 on the road at Thoreau on Friday night. The Bobcats (5-3 overall, 1-0 District 1-3A) put the game away via 50-point mercy rule with 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
"I don't typically like to beat somebody in the first half, but we got it to a running clock early in the first and went into halftime needing one touchdown to finish it," said Bloomfield head coach Bruce Hatch. "The boys all came ready to play and handled business."
Lyon was 12-of-15 passing in the game with five touchdowns. Austin DeHerrera caught two of those touchdown passes, and Jacob Deifenbaugh had a touchdown catch and a touchdown run in the game.
"(Lyon) did a really good job finding the open man and not forcing anything," Hatch said. "Adrian (Vigil) and Tytis (Nez) sat out this game again, but a lot of other guys have stepped up and helped us out. The guys are doing really well."
Bloomfield got out to a quick start thanks to a kickoff return for a touchdown by Joshua Stowell.
Hatch said his team is focusing on getting through the district schedule injury-free as they build toward a playoff run.
"It is what it is with these district games. You have to play them, and you just hope nobody gets hurt. We can't take a game or a week off, because you can't be trying to flip a switch when you get into the playoffs," Hatch said. "We have to keep our intensity and not have a lull during these district games."
Hatch said he hopes to have Nez and Vigil back for the last regular season game at Shiprock. Bloomfield will play at home against Wingate next week.
"They are progressing well. We got lucky with Vigil, and we hope it works out for him to come back," Hatch said.
Shiprock 50, Wingate 8
The Chieftains opened their district schedule in dominating fashion with a blowout victory against the Bears Friday night in Fort Wingate.
McKailin Newman accounted for five touchdown on offense, while Deron Johnson had five interceptions on defense to lead Shiprock (3-5, 1-0) to the win.
"We came out with a pretty good game plan," said Chieftain head coach Storm Tallbull. "We spent a lot of time in practice working hard and getting on the same page."
Shiprock jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead, but needed a big defensive stand to avoid losing any momentum.
"They were able to drive down, and we stopped them on fourth and goal," Tallbull said.
The Chieftains took a 29-0 lead over the Bears (4-5, 0-2) into halftime.
Wingate got its lone score of the contest in the fourth quarter on an interception return.
The Chieftains will close out their schedule with a pair of home district games the next two weeks, beginning with Thoreau next Friday.
"We'll see about Thoreau," Tallbull said. "They're next on the schedule, and we'll get ready for them."