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Roswell’s roll continues as they beat Belen, 35-8

Roswell’s Ethan Valenzuela hands the ball to Justin Carrasco during the Coyotes’ victory over Belen Friday night. (Diana Carrasco Photo)

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Roswell couldn’t have been riding higher than they were entering Friday night’s road contest against the Belen Eagles. The Coyotes were fresh off a 54-0 drubbing of Miyamura in Roswell last week — and were ranked No.1 in Class 5A in New Mexico by MaxPreps.com, right ahead of second-ranked crosstown rival Goddard.

Looking to keep trending upward, the Coyotes faced a Belen squad they met twice last year. It was the Eagles who defeated Roswell, 27-20 in the 2017 state semifinals.

This time, Coyotes fans had nothing to worry about — there was simply no stopping them. Roswell left Eagles Stadium in Belen with a 35-8 win, improving their record to 4-1.

Roswell, which entered the contest against the Eagles at 3-1, had gotten to this point in the season thanks to big wins. They’d beaten Lovington 56-14 to start the season, Los Lunas 42-20 on Sept. 14, and then, of course, the clobbering of Miyamura last week.

Mixed in was the lone blip for the Coyotes so far this year, a home loss to Hobbs on Sept. 7 — a low point for the team, but one from which they quickly and decisively bounced back.

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Belen meanwhile came into Friday’s game 3-2 and ranked seventh in Class 5A. They’d notched wins against Del Norte, Farmington and Highland, while losing to Artesia and Piedra Vista.

On Friday night, it looked early on as if the Eagles would draw first blood. Taking the opening kickoff, they drove deep into Roswell territory — but fumbled within a few yards of the goal line.

The Coyotes recovered the ball and promptly put together a long drive of their own, on the strength of tough running by senior Justin Carrasco.

Unlike the Eagles, they wouldn’t come up short at the end. With 2:49 to go in the first quarter, Roswell quarterback Ethan Valenzuela connected with Jasia Reese for a 27-yard touchdown pass.

After the extra point, it was Roswell 7, Belen 0, a score that would hold until the end of the quarter.

The Coyotes’ next scoring drive began after they blocked a Belen field goal attempt.

Taking over in their own territory, Roswell drove the length of the field and again found themselves in the red zone — where Valenzuela would throw another touchdown pass, this time finding Dylan Tucker streaking across the end zone.

The Coyotes headed into halftime leading their hosts, 14-0.

Roswell would add three more touchdowns in the second half — a 23-yard touchdown run from Carrasco; a 50-yard touchdown pass from Valenzuela to Roderick Sedillo; and a scamper of 37 yards from Carrasco. The Eagles would avoid the shutout with one touchdown of their own, followed by a successful two-point conversion.

After the game, Head Coach Jeff Lynn said he wants to see his players keep improving.

“We played good, don’t get me wrong, I just felt like there were some things we could have done better,” he said.

He told the team after the game, “We need to put our heads down and go back to work. Good win … we lost to them (Belen) twice last year, and I think it was kind of stuck in the back of our kids’ heads a little bit.

“I just told them we needed to refocus — and enjoy this one and then refocus for Monday.”

Roswell’s next contest will see them take to the road again, playing at Cathedral next week. Belen will host Deming on Oct. 5.