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Goddard loses on final possession of game

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Goddard's field goal kicker Jacob Wieser attempts a field goal against Deming earlier in the year in this file photo. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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Goddard’s football team has to be thinking, ‘Oh no, not another game like this.’

Once in a lifetime is enough; however, two last possession losses in a season is why some high school coaches take early retirement and are seen in a corner talking to themselves.

Good thing Rockets coach Chris White is in his second-year and resilient. His team lost another heart breaker on the last possession at Lovington. Lovington scored with 1:30 to go in the game to defeat the Rockets 35-28.

“The kids played hard on both teams,” White said. “Lovington has a bunch of good well-coached kids. I felt like both teams played their hearts out.”

In a back-and-forth affair, both teams were tied at 14-14 at the half. It was a good old-fashioned football game until the end.

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“We’ve kind of had our backs against the wall all season long,” White said. “We’ve been fighting uphill, and this doesn’t change anything about who we are. One game doesn’t define you as a person or as a man.”

The other heart-breaking loss was when they lost on the last possession at home to Carlsbad. When Carlsbad’s quarterback Jaykan Willis ran a quarterback sneak into the ball with 8 seconds left. Senior place kicker Jake Bwen made the PAT to give the Cavemen the win 19-18.

“There’s adversity in life and you battle through that,” White said. “One day these kids are going to be dads and husbands, and they are going to look back and remember they got their heart broke, but they battled through that and still kept right on working.”

The season doesn’t get any easier for the Rockets as they travel to the Bulldog Bowl to face the high-octane offense of Artesia at 7 p.m.