Roswell quarterback Dominic Anaya throws a touchdown pass to Jacob Miley during the Coyotes’ eventual 41-0 win. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)
Roswell High picked up its first district win of the season in a shutout Friday night, as the Coyotes topped visiting Lovington 41-0 in a rout on Senior Night at the Wool Bowl.
Coyote senior playmakers Dominic Anaya and Jacob Miley in particular turned in performances to remember on Senior Night, as the duo accounted for five of Roswell’s six touchdowns on the evening.
Anaya rushed for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another, completing 4 of his 8 passes for 88 yards, and rushing 10 times for 45 yards. Anaya also threw a pair of interceptions.
Meanwhile, Miley also recorded three touchdowns in the winning effort, two on the ground and one through the air on a strike from Anaya. Miley rushed 10 times for 66 yards and caught two passes for 56 yards.
Jared Perez, another senior, led all rushers with 10 carries for 91 yards, and junior Luis Mendoza added 68 yards and a touchdown of his own on nine carries.
For Lovington, Isaiah Hinson led the way with 16 rushes for 60 yards.
Wildcat quarterback Brook Quinones completed 9 of his 27 passes for 80 yards and an interception, and Isaiah Montoya had a team-high four receptions for 56 yards.
After quickly forcing a Lovington punt to start the game, Roswell looked a bit disorganized initially on offense, picking up back-to-back pre-snap penalties before getting the chance to run a single play.
But those problems evaporated quickly, as facing a first-and-20 on Lovington’s 32-yard line Anaya hit Miley on a 32-yard touchdown pass to put the Coyotes ahead 7-0 with 10:52 still remaining in the first quarter of action.
Roswell forced another three-and-out their next time out on defense before going back to work on the offensive side with a little over nine minutes left in the first.
Roswell kept the ball on the ground initially, picking up yardage and a few first downs, until Lovington’s Kenny Oliver intercepted an Anaya pass again intended for the Coyotes’ Miley.
Oliver returned the pick back into Roswell territory, but a stand by the Coyote defense forced the third Wildcat punt of the quarter.
Miley would start the next drive with back-to-back first-run rushes to carry the Coyotes up to about midfield. Then, a 33-yard keeper from Anaya pushed the ball down to the Wildcat 8, before Miley eventually capped off the 80-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown rush with 3:14 remaining in the opening quarter. It was the second score of the quarter for Miley and put Roswell up 13-0, where it remained after Lovington blocked the extra point.
Lovington finally found some offensive production on their final drive of the opening quarter, as the Wildcats quickly drove down into the Coyote red zone. However, Roswell was able to hold Lovington to an 18-yard field goal attempt, which was missed.
The Coyotes would again push the ball downfield quickly on their next drive, eventually punching it in on a 1-yard rush from Anaya to make it 20-0 with 11:16 remaining in the second quarter following the extra point.
After another Lovington punt, yet another Roswell scoring drive culminated in a touchdown for the senior Miley, who scored from eight yards out for the second time to put Roswell up 26-0 with 7:55 remaining in the first half.
Lovington’s issues would be compounded on its next offensive possession, as Wildcat quarterback Brook Quinones was intercepted by Roswell’s Luis Mendoza deep in Lovington’s own territory.
The Coyotes took over at the Lovington 12, but a holding penalty and some timely defense from Lovington forced Roswell to attempt a 25-yard field goal, which was missed by Anaya with just over five minutes before the intermission.
But the Wildcats would again shoot themselves in the foot on their next series, fumbling away the ball for their second turnover in as many possessions. However, for the second straight time Roswell was unable capitalize on the takeaway, and actually turned the ball back over to the Wildcats just four plays later via an interception in the end zone on a fourth-down pass that was intended for Miley.
Still, the Coyotes were able to eventually add two more points to extend their lead to 28-0 on a safety right before the intermission, when Lovington inadvertently snapped the ball through the back of their own end zone with 2:06 remaining in the half. Roswell’s Anthony Fuentes was credited with the safety.
Not much changed after the intermission, as Roswell marched down the field and scored on its first possession of the second half when Luis Mendoza plunged into the end zone from three yards out to extend the Coyotes’ lead to 34-0 with 9:13 left in the third quarter, where it remained after yet another failed conversion attempt from Roswell, one of the few things that didn’t go right for the Coyotes on the night.
Lovington attempted to finally muster some type of response on its next offensive possession, and was actually able to move the ball across midfield, but still couldn’t come away with any points after turning the ball over on downs at the Roswell 30.
It then looked as if Roswell would punt the ball back with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter, but instead ran a fake punt on 4th-and 1 that resulted in a 34-yard gain and a first down.
The drive continued and moved into the Lovington red zone, and on third-and-goal Anaya scored his second touchdown of the night via another 1-yard keeper to push Roswell’s lead up to 41-0 with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter.
With a running clock because Roswell’s lead was greater than 35 points, the fourth quarter was more of a formality than anything, with the Coyotes giving some of their younger players an opportunity to see the field in a district contest.