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Roswell mercifully put Miyamura out of misery

Friday night’s Roswell High School Homecoming Court are pictured, from left, Zeke Gonzales, Valerie Gutierrez, Roderick Sedillo, Seriyah Archuleta, Justin Carrasco, Danielle Estrada, Arianna Padilla, Junior Estrada, Maddie McDowell, Richard Arreola and Gisselle Avalos. (David Rocha Photo)

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This isn’t the movies and a long shot doesn’t always pay off in real life. Roswell’s football team put any notion that Miyamura might pull an upset and it only took two plays as Roswell’s Homecoming King, Justin Carrasco did what he does, and took an option pitch from Coyotes quarterback Ethan Valenzuela on the left side of the field toward the sideline and sprinted 40-yards. As Carrasco was crossing the goal line, he leaned in and broke the tape as he crossed the end zone to give the Coyotes a 6-0 lead, kicker Joel Sanchez added the PAT to go ahead 7-0, with 9:57 in the first quarter.

RHS’ No. 12 Jose Ruiz tackles a Miyamura Patriot Friday night at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha Photo)

“We went into the game ready to battle,” Carrasco said. “We didn’t treat this team any different than we did Los Lunas. We are going to be even more focused this week for Belen. We are waiting for that to be our best game.”

Roswell held the Patriots on downs and forced a punt to Roswell’s Jasia Reese. Reese came up and caught the ball on the fly; he started up the middle and suddenly broke to the left side of the field where he picked up blockers and then at the 30-yard line Reese faked the Patriots punter and cut back to the middle of the field and waltzed into the end zone as Sanchez converted the PAT to give the Coyotes a 14-0 lead.

Reese wasn’t done with his explosive exploits on the night — on the next series Roswell got the ball back at their 30-yard line. Reese lined up as a receiver and when the ball was snapped, Valenzuela threw it on a line to his as he stepped back to catch the ball and went down the left side of the sidelines and outran three defenders for a 70-yard touchdown with Sanchez adding the PAT to give the Coyotes a 21-0 lead with 6:29 to play in the first quarter.

Coyotes’ No. 20 Jaden Contreras reaches to break up a pass Friday night at the Wool Bowl. The Coyotes shut out the Patriots, 54-0. (David Rocha Photo)

“On the punt return,” Reese said. “It is all on my blockers. Coach Lynn called left and I just went left. I just followed my blockers. This is a big win for us because this is homecoming; we are going to build off of this and get ready for Belen. I learned after our loss to Hobbs to stay humble.”

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For coach Lynn, this game was nothing more than his team adding another step to the top of the pyramid to the 5A championship. Each step must be climbed, whether it is a good team or a rebuilding team. Lynn has taken a business-like approach to this season and making sure his team does the work in order to be ready for each game.

“Our team just came out and took care of business,” Lynn said. “Obviously, Miyamura was a little overmatched and coach (John) Roanhaus is trying to rebuild that program in his identity. Over time you do that, you kind of have a rough season.”

Roswell (4-1) never punted in the game, and they scored every time they had the ball. Lynn wants to keep on building off the loss to Hobbs.

Unsung hero Coyotes receiver Joel Sanchez scored on a 25-yard outside post-pattern pass from Valenzuela with 11:23 in the second quarter.

“All week coach told us not to take them lightly,” Sanchez said. “Last year I played defense and corner with older guys and this year I’m just trying to prove what I got, and help the team the best that I can. Last year I was small and this year I’m as big as everyone and I’ve hit the weights and that’s made the biggest difference this season for me.”

Game stats

Roswell’s defense was stingy giving up one first down. Their defensive line allowed less than 30 yards rushing and less than 50 yards passing.

Ethan Valenzuela ran the ball three times for 38 yards. He threw the ball 3-of-3 for 114 yards and two TDs.

Justin Carrasco had two rushes for 47 yards and one TD. Xavier Gonzales had seven rushes for 59 yards and two TDs. Roderick Sedillo had two rushes for eight yards and one TD. Freddie Anaya carried the ball twice for 65 yards.


Reese caught one pass for 70 yards and one TD. Dominic Nava caught one pass for 16 yards and Sanchez caught one pass for 25 yards and one TD.

Next week Roswell takes on Belen, a rematch from last year’s playoff game.

“I’ve already watched the Artesia film against Belen,” Lynn said. “Belen has tough physical kids, it’s going to be a good game.”

Roswell travels to Belen for a 7 p.m. game on Friday.

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