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Rockets beat Deming 34-0 in quarterfinal round

Dalton Bowles evades a group of Deming defenders on his way to the Rockets’ first touchdown. Goddard defeated Deming 34-0. (Richard Choy Photo)

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A week off while waiting for their first playoff opponent did nothing to slow Goddard’s momentum — the Rockets easily propelled themselves past the visiting Deming Wildcats in the quarterfinal round on Saturday, winning 34-0 at the Wool Bowl in front of a big crowd.

Goddard quarterback Dalton Bowles takes advantage of excellent blocking during the Rockets’ 34-0 win over Deming at the Wool Bowl Saturday afternoon. (Richard Choy Photo)

It was the second number — the “0” — that Head Coach Chris White talked most about after the contest.

“I thought the kids just defensively played a tremendous game,” White said. “Give Deming a lot of credit, they’re a real scrappy bunch and we knew from the first game (Goddard beat Deming 28-16 in September) that they were really going to fight you for four quarters.”

The win Saturday sets up a playoff semifinal contest vs. Los Lunas, which beat Belen 21-17 in their quarterfinal contest on Saturday. According to MaxPreps.com, Goddard’s game against Los Lunas will take place at Los Lunas High School at 1 p.m. on Nov. 24.

The Rockets entered Saturday’s game against Deming sporting an 8-1-1 record (their only loss against the crosstown rival Roswell Coyotes on Nov. 2) and seeded second. Deming was seeded seventh.

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The Rockets won the coin toss and opted to defer to the second half. Deming chose to receive, but their drive stalled when the Goddard defense registered a sack as the Wildcats attempted to convert a fourth down through the air.

After a methodical drive, Goddard got onto the scoreboard first on a Dalton Bowles run into the endzone with just over four minutes left in the opening quarter. That made it 7-0, a score that would hold until the end of the first.

In the second quarter, the Wildcats would threaten, driving deep into Goddard territory.

But Laston Ramage would intercept a Deming pass and return it all the way to the Wildcats’ 13. Two plays later Bowles would run it in for his second score of the evening, making it 13-0 Goddard after a missed extra point. The half would end with no further scoring.

Goddard received the kickoff after halftime — and ran the ball. The Rockets would add another touchdown in the third, and afterward attempted a two-point conversion that came up short, leaving the score 19-0, Goddard.

In the fourth quarter, Robert Aragon ran for a touchdown and this time the Rockets made good on the two-point attempt, increasing their lead to 27-0.

One of the game’s highlights came with a little under five minutes left in the contest — Aragon wowed fans by intercepting a screen pass and returning it for a touchdown to make it 34-0, the final.

White couldn’t say enough about his defensive unit. “I just was really proud of some of the plays that we made on defense … I thought we tackled better, which was one of the things that we’ve been working on.

“A shut-out in the playoffs is as good as you can get.”