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Gomez crowned king in Gateway Christian win

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Gateway junior wide receiver Wyatt Arlet runs from Mescalero Apache defenders on Friday night at Gateway Warriors Field. (Steve Notz Photo)

Pardon Dominic Gomez of Gateway Christian School if he borrows a line from a movie that was popular before he was born … “It’s great to be the king.”

He scored three touchdowns in the Warriors’ 56-6 victory over Mescalero Apache High School Friday night.

“I think I played well, but I think the team played the best game we’ve had all season,” he said.

In addition to his three touchdowns, Gomez was also crowned Homecoming King.

“It was kind of distracting from the game but I was proud to represent my school anyway I can,” he said.

The Warriors had a 20-6 lead at halftime and after putting his crown away, Gomez went to work in the second half after participating in the halftime ceremonies.

His first touchdown came with 10:49 left in the third quarter when he scored on a 49-yard run. The extra point kick was blocked and the score was 26-6 Gateway.

In the closing stages of the third period, Gomez would score on a two-yard run. The 2-point conversion was no good and the score was 41-6.

In the fourth period, Gomez scored the final touchdown of the night on a 15-yard run. The extra point was good and the game was called with 8:54 left due to the mercy rule.

Warrior coach Shaun Wigley said the senior started the game on a slow pace.

“(He) did some good things early in the second half,” Wigley said. “He turned it on.”

Wigley called Gomez, “an emotional spark.”

Despite the win, Wigley said the Warriors got off to a slow start. Neither team scored in the opening period as the football kept slipping and sliding on the field thanks to a light rain that fell most of the night.

“There were lots of mistakes,” Wigley said.

Despite the draw in the opening period, the Warriors were able to score the opening points of the game as Wyatt Arlet picked off a Chief pass and ran 21 yards for the opening touchdown. The extra point kick by Jacob Truetken was good and the score was 7-0 Gateway with 11:49 showing on the clock.

Ten seconds later the Chiefs would narrow the score as Aloysius Comanche hit the end zone on an 85-yard kick off return. The PAT failed and the score was 7-6 Warriors.

As the second quarter wore on, the Warriors were able to put some distance between themselves and the visitors thanks to a 17-yard run by Wyatt Arlet and a 25-yard pass from Arlet to Alonzo Grajeda.

The win gives Gateway Christian a 1-0 record in 8-Man District 3. Overall, the Warriors are 2-1.

During the next two weeks, the Warriors will play Mesilla Valley Christian and Tatum. Wigley said those two are the teams to beat in league play.

“I’ve seen film on Mesilla Valley Christian School,” he said. “They’re very good (and a) big school and they have an excellent quarterback.”

The Warriors travel to Las Cruces next week and the following week they return to Roswell to host Tatum.