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092818 Fantastic football Friday preview

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Goddard plays Los Lunas Friday night at the Wool Bowl. (Steve Notz Photo)

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Los Lunas at Goddard

What more could a Goddard football fan want than to have their Rockets ranked No. 2 in the state at home against the No. 3 team in Los Lunas. The Tigers will invade the Wool Bowl in a matchup that will have seeding implications.

“It is early in the season,” Goddard coach Chris White said. “We just play them one game at a time. The kids have played well up to this point and I’m proud of where we’re at, but we got a long way to go. We don’t pay too much attention to the rankings or talk about it with the kids.”

Goddard is off to a 3-0-1 start and has beaten some teams up physically with their style of play. Last week, they manhandled Portales, 28-0. In that game, the Rockets swarmed to the ball defensively and ran over and through the Rams.

This week, Goddard will have to impose their will on Los Lunas. Los Lunas likes to operate out of the spread offense with senior quarterback Nick Gaerlan throwing the ball all around the yard. He is a better runner than he is a thrower, and Goddard will have to stay in their lanes and force him in the middle if he does run.

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“We have to keep him (Gaerlan) contained,” White said. “We have to stay in our rush lanes and when he does get out of the pocket, keep it to a minimum. He’s gonna run for sure and he throws well, too. He’s quite the athlete and they are quite the prolific offense.”

Gaerlan likes to throw to receivers Andrue Garcia and Noah Gum. If they are covered, he will pull the ball down and run. When he does hand the ball off, look for him to give it to scatback Nick Tafoya or Donald Thomas.

Los Lunas’ defense will have two of the better linebackers in the state with Alan Munoz and run stuffer Diego Sanchez. Los Lunas might be bigger on the defensive side of the ball, but they are susceptible to getting gassed if they have to stay on the field any length of time. In the second half of the Roswell game, the Coyotes opened with an 18-play drive. During that drive, Roswell ran at them and handed the ball off on jet sweeps and threw bubble screens.

On defense, Goddard has the advantage because they play a lot of athletes, so they are fresher at the end of the game.

This game is tailor made for the physical play that Goddard likes to play. Goddard will give Los Lunas a variety of looks offensively.

“We will have to bring a lot of energy on the front,” White said.

Roswell at Belen

It seems like these two teams cannot stay away from each other. They played twice last season, with the Eagles winning the most important game, 27-20, in the state semifinal game at Belen Stadium. As with the games last season, this game will come down to Roswell stopping the run.

Make no mistake about it, Belen is going to run the ball 90 percent of the time. Belen wants to use different formations and disguise what their intent is, but it will be a handoff or pitch to Diego Casillas. He ran for 2,679 yards and scored 33 TDs last season. They lost several starters on the offensive line, but look for them to try to overpower Roswell at the line of scrimmage. If Roswell cannot stop the run, it will be a long night

“We have to stop the run,” Roswell coach Jeff Lynn said.

Last season they threw the ball 11 times in 13 games and they don’t throw it much this year.

On defense, they will run multiple looks and bring pressure up front. Roswell will have to use their speed and quickness to keep them off guard.

Wingate at Dexter

Dexter couldn’t have a better opponent to get well off of than Wingate. These teams have never met before, but look for this to be a mismatch from the whistle. Dexter wants to get back to their ground and pound offense and let their backs run free and mix in an occasional pass. Last week, they had to abandon that strategy when they fell behind to Eunice and was shutout.

On offense Wingate likes to run multiple offenses: Double Wing, Spread and they run and pass 50-50 out of different formations. Dexter will have to read their keys on defense.

Wingate on defense will run a 42 and at times bring an extra linebacker and make it a 43 look.

“I told our team,” Duran said, “to learn from our mistakes. We just have to learn from our loss and make ourselves better for the next game. That was the main thing we focused on throughout the week to get better and learn from our mistakes that we made against Eunice.”

Dexter is still ranked the No. 2 team in District 3A. Next week they will get a bye.

Tularosa at Hagerman

Don’t adjust your eyes. Coming in at No. 7 this week is the Hagerman Bobcats. After smoking Cloudcroft last week, 38-0, first-year coach Guy Rivers has his team believing they can win.

They must take on Tularosa at home. Tularosa is a 3A-ranked team that they will have to play and win to have hopes of making the playoffs.

On offense, Tularosa will run multiple offenses — they adjust to the team they are playing — some games they will run the ball and others they will pass.

On defense, Tularosa will play a 43 defense.

“I’m pretty happy with my defense,” Rivers said. “I love our team and they’re having fun, which leads to winning. I think our team can hold their own tonight. I like my team. I think we have a shot tonight.”

Hagerman offense exploded last week with over 500 yards on offense.

Dora at Gateway Christian

This the first game that Gateway will have played in two weeks, because of cancellations. Coach Shaun Wigley doesn’t know what to expect from his team. The Warriors lost to Dora last year, 62-31.

Dora will run a double wing on offense.

“They are very good at what they do,” Wigley said. “They (Dora) run that spinner out of the double wing and it gives us trouble and they execute it and it’s a long night.”

On defense, they will run a four-man line.

“In eight-man football, you have to pick your poison,” Wigley said. “We haven’t played in two weeks so we’ll see where we’re at.”

Floyd at Lake Arthur

Lake Arthur will have to find a way to handle Floyd’s tight set. It is a ground and pound offense.

“Floyd is very well disciplined,” Panthers’ coach Jose Porras said.

Porras is expecting a hard-fought game and believes that his team is relentless.

“I cannot underestimate our kids,” Porras said. “They don’t know how to quit. We can turn our season around.”