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Goddard trucks Lovington, 49-28

Goddard’s Robert Aragon runs wild on a 65-yard touchdown in the first quarter against Lovington Friday night at the Wool Bowl. (Steve Notz Photo)

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Teams keep sleeping on the Goddard Rockets football team, but somebody needs to tell them that nothing comes to sleepers but a dream. What the Rockets did was very workmanlike as they set a path to the end zones running through and around the Lovington Wildcats for over 500 yards on the ground with three runners rushing for over 100 yards as they put it on the Wildcats, 49-28, on Friday night at the Wool Bowl.

Goddard’s Dalton Bowles runs through a tackle against Lovington Friday night at the Wool Bowl. (Steve Notz Photo)

“The biggest thing I know about Goddard is they’re a second-half football team,” Lovington coach Anthony Gonzales said. “They came out in the second half and dropped the hammer on us. I don’t know if I’ve seen a better quarterback this season than Dalton Bowles — he’s a special, special football player. He put them on his shoulders and carried them. Their size is something that you can’t prepare for. We tried to run some stunts and give them different looks.”

After a big win against Los Lunas last week, a lot of fans thought the Rockets might be in for a letdown, but not on Friday as they received the opening kickoff and on the second play of the game, speedster Robert Aragon took a pitchout from quarterback Dalton Bowles and outran Lovington down the sideline for a 65-yard TD run and JP Wieser added the PAT to put Goddard up 7-0.

This is not just the overpowering run and three yards and a cloud of dust Rockets, on their next possession after a steady dose of Bowles up the middle, on a first and 10 at the Wildcats’ 32-yard line, Bowles faked a handoff and found a wide-open Tino Rubio running free in the secondary and threw a strike to him as he scored untouched. Wieser added the PAT to give the Rockets a 14-0 lead.

Goddard’s defense snuffed out the run and kept the Wildcats under control most of the game. In the second quarter, before they put starting quarterback Casey Perez out of the game, Perez threw a 53-yard bomb as his receiver got behind the defense to make the score 14-7 with 4:43 left in the first quarter.

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In the second quarter, Goddard controlled the line of scrimmage and forced Lovington to come up in the box to try and stop the run. When they did that, Bowles had his choice of two receivers on the same side of the field running free up the seams on the left side and he threw it to a wide-open Nate Stone as he dashed in from 44-yards out as Wieser added the PAT to give Goddard a 21-7 lead with 10:33 in the second quarter.

The Wildcats would score on a quarterback keeper to make the score 21-14 with 2:46 to play in the half. Once Goddard got the ball back, on the first play from scrimmage, Aragon once again did damage taking it to the house for a 65-yard TD with Wiesner added the PAT to put the Rockets’ up 28-14 going into the locker room.

In the third quarter, Goddard was bothered by the penalty bug as they had a screen pass taken off the board for a holding call. On that drive, they had four holding calls, but that didn’t stop them as they unleashed Bowles who dashed 65 yards and 45-yards for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach, 41-28.

“Every one of the penalties was a holding call,” Goddard coach Chris White said. “We can’t hold. We have to play clean football and we have a lot to practice on, that’s for sure.

Goddard allowed two meaningless touchdowns in mop-up time.

A fan favorite was the 2-yard touchdown run by junior Kaston Range to make the final score 49-28.

“Lovington’s a scrappy, scrappy team,” White said. “I thought we played well at times, and at other times I thought we didn’t play really well. I knew Lovington was going to fight like crazy, but a win is a win. In the end, we got it done. Not a lot of people would have believed that we would have dreamed that we would be still undefeated at this part of the season; so the kids believe it and that’s all that matters. We have a lot of work to do to get better, but saying that, I’m awfully proud of my kids.”

Goddard (5-0-1) travels to Santa Teresa on Friday. Santa Teresa (6-0) is ranked No.6 in 5A and they are undefeated. This game will have seeding implications.