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Coyotes turn Wildcats into kittens

Roswell player catches a touchdown pass over a Lovington player Friday night in the Coyotes season opener. (Diana Carrasco Photo)

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Coming into Lovington to get to the football stadium, you enter into Brian Urlacher Drive. This seemed to be the summer of Lovington and Urlacher, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.

Today’s Albuquerque Journal and New Mexico Preps both picked Lovington big over invading Roswell in the football game. Somehow, someone forgot to tell that to Coyote head coach Jeff Lynn as they opened up whipping on the Wildcats. They started to run the clock at 10:42 as the Coyotes defeated Lovington, 56-14 Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.

“I don’t put a lot of stock in New Mexico Preps,” Coyote coach Jeff Lynn said. “We have to clean some things up, we were really sloppy tackling. We gave them some extra downs on fourth down and we can’t do that. It is the first game so it wasn’t too bad. We’ll clean up a lot of the things we did wrong tonight.”

It didn’t take long for the Coyotes to score as they scored on their first possession as Justin Carrasco scored on a 4-yard run to take a 7-0 with 11:03 in the first quarter. This after Lovington came out and tried on side kick to start the game. Lovington was called for a penalty on the play and yet they tried it again as Roswell recovered.

The tale of the game was as if teams are sleeping on the Coyotes and expecting them to be last year’s team with a bruising running back in Gabe Najar, forget about it: that was last year’s team. Roswell did not punt once during the game and used their sweep with Carrasco and Jasia “Sweet Feet” Reese as he scored three touchdowns on the day, two on screen passes and one on a sweep to the right as he dodged tacklers and overpowered them at the goal line.

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“I just try to stop on a dime,” Reese said. “I work really hard on my feet during the week. Coach Lynn makes us work on those things.”

Carrasco is the truth, Wildcat tacklers had him behind the line of scrimmage and he would spin out of tackles and cut on a dime to the left and reversed his field to score on a 65-yard out to give the Coyotes a 21-7 lead with 11:43 in the second quarter.

“I’m totally back to normal and I feel good,” Valenzuela said. “We had a pretty good game plan tonight.”

Once again Roswell held Lovington and got the ball back. On the first play Coyote quarterback Ethan Valenzuela threw a screen pass to Carrasco as he galloped 65-yards for a touchdown to give them a 28-7 lead. After another three, an out Reese scored a TD on a 14-yard screen pass going into halftime.

“We’re not the team we were in years past,” Lynn said. “We are going to throw the ball more this year. We have Hobbs next week and we have to be ready for them.”

To show they were not one dimensional, Valenzuela on his first two possessions in the second-half threw two bombs to Joel Sanchez to give the Coyotes a 56-14 win. Lovington scored a touchdown with 4:23 in the game but the clock was running with 10:43 to play in the third quarter.

“In a way this is my coming out party,” Sanchez said. “I’ve worked really hard this year and I was ready when they called on me to step up.”

Roswell will return home next week to the friendly confines of the Wool Bowl when they take on Hobbs at 7 p.m.

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