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Gomez helps Gateway Christian in Grizzly hunt

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Carrizozo’s cornerback Jacob Navarez chases Gateway’s wide receiver Dominic Gomez during the Warriors’ game against Grizzlies Friday night. Gateway won 62-26. (Steve Notz Photo)

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Welcome back Dominic Gomez.

The senior from Gateway Christian School was missed by Warrior fans and coaches for the past couple of weeks.

He scored four touchdowns Friday night in the Warriors (3-3, 2-2) 62-26 win over Carrizozo (4-3, 1-3) at Warrior Stadium.

On the Warriors’ opening drive, Gomez had two long runs that set up the first points of the game as junior quarterback Ryan Arlet threw a 34-yard pass to fellow junior Gage Estes. That came with 7:12 left in the opening period. The two-point conversion failed, as Gateway led 6-0.

Nearly two minutes later Carizozo went ahead as junior Jared Guevara threw a 10-yard strike to junior Detrick Aubrey. The Grizzlies converted the extra point kick and led 7-6.

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The Warriors would retake the lead as junior Jacob Truetken scored from the 9-yard line with 5:04 left in the opening period. The two-point conversion was good as Gateway retook the lead 14-7.

Gomez would take over in the early stages of the second quarter scoring from the 6-yard line in the opening seconds of the period. Gateway couldn’t make the two-point conversion as the score was 26-7.

Gomez’ second touchdown was from the 1-yard line with 8:09 showing on the clock. The two-point conversion was good as Gateway was in cruise mode, leading 34-7.

The Grizzlies answered the call with 22.2 seconds before the half as Aubrey scored on a 22-yard reception. Carrizozo converted the extra point and the score was 34-14.

The Warriors answered the Grizzlies nearly 18 seconds later at Truetken scored on an 83-yard reception. Carrizozo stopped the two-point conversion and the score was 40-14.

In the third quarter, Gomez went back to work scoring on a 60-yard run with 11:45 showing on the scoreboard. The two-point conversion was no good as Gateway was close to bagging some Grizzlies.

Carrizozo sophomore Jacob Narvaez scored from the 8-yard line, the two-point conversion failed as the score was 46-20 Gateway with 10 minutes left in the third period.

Nearly eight minutes later Gomez flew like a jet out of the Roswell International Air Center scoring on a 90-yard run. The Warriors made the two-point conversion and the score 54-20.

Carrizozo had one last gasp in the closing stages of the third quarter as junior Austin Dennis scored from the 3-yard line. The two-point conversion failed and the score was 54-26.

Gateway was able to slam the door on the Grizzlies with 8:41 left in the final period as Truetken scored on a 6-yard reception. The two-point conversion was a success as Gateway maintained the 62-26 lead for the rest of the game.

“Dominic did a good job,” said Warrior head coach Shaun Wigley of the senior’s performance.

“Our blocking was much better, (the offensive line) opened holes he hit those holes (and) ran hard,” Wigley added.

Wigley said Gomez was missed in last week’s loss against Tatum.

“Overall just a better team effort, better execution. We still had some plays we gotta clean up, we’ve got a long way to go,” he said.

If there was a downside in the game it was the penalties. “There was a lot of flags on the field,” Wigley said.

Wigley said some of those flags came from some inexperienced players on the field.

“Tonight we had a couple of kids banged up,” Wigley said. “We were playing everybody on the roster, some of those penalties were from guys that hadn’t had a lot of reps.”