Miyamura dominates Bloomfield in district opener

players dash for ball on field

Navajo Times | Paul Natonabah
Miyamura cornerback AJ Silva (1) rushes around the right end against the Bloomfield Bobcats. The Patriots defeated the Bobcats, 36-6.


Other than a few bad snaps, the Miyamura Patriots did everything right last Friday night in their District 1-5A opener with Bloomfield.

Miyamura hit the pay dirt in four of their first five drives to score a 36-6 win over the Bobcats at the Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium and improved to 6-0 for the season.

“The only thing that concern me was our snaps,” Miyamura coach Wes Shank said. “We had a number of bad snaps that were a half-second late. That needs to be cleaned up but other than that we looked pretty clean on offense.”

One of those ill-advised snaps forced a Miyamura turnover midway through the opening quarter but the Patriot defense gave up only two yards as Bloomfield was compelled to punt.

For a good part of the game that was what the Bobcats were forced to do as they were limited to 54 yards and one first down in the first half as Bloomfield struggled to move the ball against the Patriots.

In those first 24 minutes, Miyamura did give up one big play as Bloomfield quarterback Vincent Marquez hit wideout Cade Lillywhite for a 50-yard reception.

“I thought the defense performed pretty good tonight,” Shank said.

With the defense getting stops, it allowed the Miyamura offense to showcase its skill and speed behind the throwing arm of senior Matt Chavez.

Chavez had an efficient outing, completing 13 of 17 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns.

“We came in with a game plan and we followed it,” Chavez said.

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Quentin Jodie

Quentin Jodie is the Sports Editor for the Navajo Times. He started working for the Navajo Times in February 2010 and was promoted to the Sports Editor position at the end of summer in 2012. Previously, he wrote for the Gallup Independent. Reach him at qjodie@navajotimes.com