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Miyamura Football hosts Bloomfield High in a Bittersweet Contest

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The Miyamura Patriots coasted by the visiting Bloomfield Bobcats in Friday night action at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup.

It was a bittersweet game played in front of a home crowd who tragically lost a member of the Miyamura High School staff, Lisa Romero-Muniz to the horrific shooting that happened in Las Vegas over a week ago. A moment of silence and a performance by The Tigerettes paid respects to Romero-Muniz before play Friday night.

It was also a very special evening as the crowd was greeted by a very special guest, Medal of Honor recipient Hershey Miyamura. The home crowd celebrated Hershey’s birthday with a song and distributed cupcakes to the crowd during halftime.

The Patriots scored 14 point in the first quarter and 22 points in the second quarter. Miyamura High then held off the Bloomfield Bobcats to six points, which Bloomfield scored in the fourth quarter to get on the board. The final outcome, 36-6 in the Patriots’ favor, was the sixth straight win for Miyamura this season.

Miyamura football head coach Wes Shank is taking one game at a time. The Patriots’ record is not an issue right now. “I’m not worried about the record right now. Our team strives to get better each week,” he said. Coach Shank is excited and happy how his kids are performing day in and day out. “Our seniors worked hard throughout the workouts and spent a lot of time preparing during the summer,” Shank said.

Miyamura will play Gallup (1-5) Friday night on Oct. 13  in conference play at 7 pm. The Bengals will be the home team as action continues at the Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium.

Story and photos by Duane Haven

Sun Correspondent