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Goddard looking for redemption


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Goddard all but had the game won against Piedra Vista last year, only to watch the lead evaporate in the final 30 seconds of the game, as a catch in the back of the end zone had them losing, 31-28 at the Wool Bowl.

For the Rockets to be a success in tonight’s game, they must produce more than 267 yards of total offense and convert more than three first downs.
“I expect nothing less than a physical game from Goddard this year,” Piedra Vista’s coach Jared Howell said. “They are tough; that’s what they are. Years ago, that’s what we needed to grow our program, so we started scheduling them to get ourselves to become a physical team.”
When Panthers have the ball on offense, look for them to run a flex-bone. They will have a lot of new faces on the field as graduation hit them hard. They are replacing their quarterback, fullback and two offensive linemen.
The key offensive players for the Panthers are right guard Logan Cooper, fullback Mckay Cook and receiver Christian Chavez.

On defense, look for the Panthers to run 3-4. Key players are Christian Chavez roaming the secondary at safety or corner. Logan Cooper is the middle linebacker. Talon Ball is 6-foot-2, and weighs 275 as a nose guard.
Goddard has an aggressive defense. On offense, Goddard will double team at the next level and put a lot of power at the point of attack. Howell expects the Rockets to run out of a power-set, pulling tight ends and tackles. Goddard will run power sweeps and mix in a wing-T look. He also believes the Rockets will spread and throw the ball.
“On offense, Goddard gives us a lot of math problems to solve,” Howell said. “They get you looking at loading the box and then throw deep on you.”
Last season was Piedra Vista’s first season in District 4-6A. Their season started well as they won five straight games, but ended poorly as they lost their last five to finish at 5-5.
Both teams are undefeated with the Panthers beating Farmington 17-14 at home last week. Goddard defeated Capital 19-6 at home.
“I think they are a very good and tough football team,” Goddard coach Chris White said.

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