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Roswell dominates Valley, advances to semifinals

The Roswell Coyotes stop a Valley Viking ball carrier during their playoff matchup Friday night at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha Photo)

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If the Valley Vikings thought they were going to just come into the Wool Bowl and lay the smack down on the No.1 ranked Roswell Coyotes, that notion was quickly dashed as Roswell dominated from the very first whistle. The Coyotes’ domination was so thorough that the game was over with at halftime as they would go on to win the game, 49-8.

“I just think we kind of came out and took care of business,” Roswell coach Jeff Lynn said. “The one thing that sticks out is our penalties. I think we had over 100 yards in penalties — if we are going to move forward, we’re going to have to get that cleaned up. The kids executed well and our defense is flying around and playing fast.”

The Coyotes didn’t do anything dramatic like changing their uniforms before returning to the field to play the game — as they did against Goddard. All they did was apply pressure on all three phases of the game.

On offense, fans saw the emergence of Angel Caballero as he ran hard and scored a touchdown. Caballero missed most of the season with an injury. He wasted no time in making up for the games he missed this season.

Roderick Sedillo added power running as well, as the Vikings kept Justin Carrasco in check. One of the highlights of the game was when quarterback Ethan Valenzuela threw a slip screen to senior Dylan Tucker as he weaved downfield behind the blocks of Jasia Reese to score a 51-yard touchdown pass to put the game out of reach, making the score 35-0 in the third quarter and to start the clock running.

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“The call was grease,” Tucker said. “It felt good. I caught it and all I saw was red, I didn’t see any white. Jasia (Reese ) was out there lead blocking for me.”

On defense, Roswell had run-stuffing linebacker Cade Manzanares and the dominating defensive lineman Xavier Hernandez, who had two sacks in the first half. Hernandez added another in the third quarter to give him three for the game and 10 on the season. Adding to the sacks was safety Jesus Molina who came free on third down.

“I just go by the lineman’s reaction,” Hernandez said. “No matter what he does (opponent) it’s his mistake. Our team is starting to come together. It means a lot to me to start this year. I think we are going to be ready and it would mean the world to me to win the Blue Trophy — we don’t work this hard for nothing.”

On the back end was the ball-hawking Dominic Nava and hard-hitting Joel Sanchez breaking up passes and intercepting passes to snuff outscoring threats. Sanchez was all over the field on both sides of the ball.

Valley View managed to score when quarterback Manny Sanchez-Vargus threw to DJ Torres to score a touchdown. The Vikings went for the two-point conversion and completed a pass to Gabriel Ramirez to make the score 42-8 with seven seconds left in the third quarter.

Special Teams played a big part in this game and on the ensuing kickoff, the Vikings kicked the ball to Reese as the Coyotes ran their Starburst return and Reese broke up the middle and made a couple of tacklers miss. He broke to the middle and set up his blockers to maul the Vikings and picked Tucker and a couple of blockers that plowed the two remaining defenders as he scored on a 94-yard kickoff return with no time left in the third quarter to make the score 49-8.

“I just had to,” Reese said. “My stuff’s been getting called back. I just had to get me one, you never know which one is going to get called back so I just go hard all the time.”

Earlier in the game, Tucker broke through the line on a punt and blocked the punt. The ball hopped up into the arms of an opportunistic Nava as he ran it 10 yards into the end zone for a touchdown, with 1:59 to play in the second quarter to make the score 28-0. On another punt, the Viking punter had trouble handling a snap and Jon Stone sacked the punter for a turnover on downs.

On the Coyotes’ first score of the game, Valenzuela ran a naked bootleg to the right and threw a comeback route to Reese, the ball looked like it might be intercepted by the Vikings but was misjudged as Reese corralled it and took it to the house for a 40-yard TD with 8:35 to go in the first quarter.

After an interception by Roswell’s Xavier Gonzales, the Coyotes ran Sedillo and Sanchez before letting Caballero carry the ball in from the 4-yard line with 3:10 in the first quarter.

To start the second quarter, Carrasco scored on a 29-yard TD with Sanchez adding the PAT to give the Coyotes a 21-0 lead with 11:16 before halftime.

In the third quarter, Nathan Espinosa scored on a 1-yard run with 3:58 in the third quarter. Coach Lynn played a lot of young players and the catch of the game was by sophomore Alonzo Acosta, which brought the crowd to their feet.

Roswell advances to the semifinals next week and will face the winner of the Piedra Vista/Artesia game that will be played today at the Bulldog Bowl.

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