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Hoover rewarded with trip to playoffs

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Goddard senior tight end Tyler Hoover has played through a torn meniscus since the third game of the season. For Hoover, the meaning of being a Goddard football player goes back to the team’s workout regime that consisted of waking up at 4 a.m., during the summer to pull railroad ties as part of their training at Goddard Field House.

This season wasn’t how he envisioned his senior year. Regardless of the win-losses, the New Mexico Activities Association rewarded the Rockets for playing a demanding schedule. Coach White and his team were rewarded with a golden ticket to the dance.

Yes, Goddard made the playoffs with a 4-6 record. The Rockets will go in as a No. 11 seed, they will travel to the No.6 seed Aztec Tigers.

 

“Senior year you have to throw everything in,” Hoover said. “In the third game of the season I tore my right meniscus, it’s not going to stop me from playing. It’s not going to slow me down, I played for my teammates. It’s all about the seniors. I would die for them.”

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Hoover showed his grit when he scored a touchdown against rival Roswell on Friday night. Hoover caught a screen pass from sophomore quarterback Robert Aragon on the left side of the field at Goddard’s 48-yard line. Hoover followed his blockers to the 10-yard line before being forced to cut back to the middle of the field where he evaded a couple of Coyote defenders to score. Hoover’s touchdown came with 6:19 to play in the first quarter, giving the Rockets momentum and tying the score at 7-7.

“The play was called spread-left three-middle screen,” Hoover said. “As I was lining up, I saw their linebacker blitz. I was thinking to myself, man this is perfect. I caught the ball and followed my blockers to the end zone. I had to beat Robert Sedilla as he was grabbing my leg. I got a couple of blocks and couldn’t have done it without my offensive linemen helping me score.”

Hoover feels like he wouldn’t trade anything that has happened to his team this season even the losses. Even though they lost to Roswell in the season finale Hoover is hoping to get another shot at them if they can get past Aztec on Friday.

“I have to give it all to the team,” Hoover said. “They played with a lot of heart tonight and this season. I couldn’t ask for a better team or a better season. I would have loved to have won some more games, but hopefully we’ll get into the playoffs and I think we’ll do great things from there.”

If Goddard can get past the Aztec’s on Friday night, they will have another chance at Roswell in the quarterfinals at the Wool Bowl on November 17 or 18, with a time to be announced.