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Artesia dominates Goddard at the Bulldog Bowl

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Goddard High School senior running back Diego Miranda is converged on by Artesia’s defense on a play Friday at the Bull- dog Bowl. (Steve Notz Photo)

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ARTESIA — Ask the throngs of Artesia High Bulldog fans to give their team a grade after shooting down the Goddard Rockets, 56-12, Friday at the Bulldog Bowl and it would probably be a D.

The D grade wouldn’t mean below average, it would mean Dominant.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 2-0, District 4-5A) received the kick off from the Rockets (4-5, 0-2, District 4-5A) and wasted no time scoring on their opening offensive drive.

Senior quarterback Taylor Null threw the first of four touchdown passes to fellow senior Chaney Hardt. Hardt caught a strike from the 8-yard line. The PAT was good as the Bulldogs led, 7-0,  with 8:37 left in the first quarter.

The Rockets couldn’t find any footing on their opening drive of the game, an interception by Goddard’s quarterback led to another Null strike. Null found senior Tyler Greenwood for a 30-yard TD pass with 4:50 left in the opening period. Artesia added the PAT to extend their lead to 14-0.

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Goddard sputtered on their second offensive drive of the game, leading to another Artesia quick strike. Instead of passing the ball for a TD the Bulldogs handed the ball off to Jagger Donaghe, as he scampered in to score  on a 9-yard run with 2:16 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs booted the extra point through to make the score, 21-0.

Artesia’s domination continued in the second quarter as senior Robert Fernandez scored on a 4-yard run. The Bulldogs converted the extra point kick  to give them a 28-0 with 10:08 left before halftime.

The Rockets were able to leave the launch pad a few minutes later as a long pass play set up a 1-yard run by senior Tyler Hoover. The extra point was no good as the score was, 28-6 with 6:56 left on the second period clock.

The Bulldogs continued to have their foot on the gas in the final five minutes before the end of the first half.

Null threw his third touchdown strike of the night to Fernandez from the 10-yard line. Artesia again booted the extra point to make the score,  35-6 with 4:39 left in the second period.

Artesia’s Null would throw his final strike of the night, a 37-yard pass to junior A.J. Estrada. The extra point kick was converted as the Bulldogs extended the lead, 42-6. With the Rockets being more than 35 points ahead, the officials turned the game into a running clock for the rest for the rest of the night with 2:44 in the second-half.

This season, Null has thrown 34 touchdowns.

Then in the closing seconds of the first half, Donaghe scored on an 8-yard run, the extra point kick was good as the Bulldogs led 49-6 when the first half ended.

With the game in hand, the Bulldogs brought in some relief in the second half.

Taylor came in at quarterback for the Bulldogs as the Rockets fumbled in their own territory on the opening drive of the third period.

This Taylor is the understudy of Taylor Null and things were looking good for junior Trent Taylor however he was picked off on Artesia’s opening drive of the third period. Both offenses were shut out.

The Rockets would get their second touchdown of the night in the final quarter as sophomore Robert Aragon scored on a 2-yard run. The Bulldogs were able to nix the 2-point conversion and the score was 49-12 Artesia with 7:12 left in the game.

A few minutes later Artesia threw the knockout punch as Trent Taylor hit junior Brandon Saiz on a 28-yard pass. The Bulldogs converted the extra point kick and it was 56-12 Artesia with 3:54 left before the final whistle.

The Bulldogs end the regular season Friday at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Bowl against Lovington. Goddard wraps up the regular season Friday at 7 p.m. at the Wool Bowl against the Roswell High.