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Roswell High smolders after rain delay at Ruidoso

Roswell’s Jasia Reese runs after the catch for a 32-yard touchdown against Artesia last season. (Shawn Naranjo File Photo)

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It took Mother Nature to do what Ruidoso could not do, and that’s stop Roswell. Not one, but two lightning delays made for a slow start to the game.

The game was delayed for an hour — it didn’t start until 8 p.m. Roswell fans sat in the stands with the the rain pelting down on them.

Some fans sat with umbrellas, bracing themselves against the rain, and other fans were in shorts and tank tops getting soaked — thinking nothing about the weather and acting like it was a day at the beach.

When the game did start, Ruidoso came out and meant business as their quarterback Gage Guardiola threw a 30-yard go route to Isaac Brown to score first, taking a 7-0 lead with 11:30 to go in the first quarter.

Roswell woke up as their Mr. Everything Joel Sanchez took a kickoff 78 yards on a starburst formation return. That got the Coyotes on the scoreboard to make the score 7-6. The PAT was no good.

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For Roswell’s first offensive possession, it started out bad — they threw an interception on their 31 yard-line. Roswell’s defense is stout up the middle with Zach Buckmister, Gabriel Garcia and Isaac Hurst, with their defensive ends rushing upfield. Armando Silva recovered a fumble and that was all it took as Roswell’s offense got on track and scored at will to win 53-13.

With a running clock the Coyotes gave up a late touchdown on a deep go route, with 7:47 to play in the game.

The game could have been worse because two touchdowns were called back. One was a Jasia Reese 95-yard kickoff return. Zavier Gonzales intercepted a pass, but a penalty was called to take away the interception.

Before halftime the Coyotes scored with a touchdown to make the game 39-7. Nathan Espinoza intercepted a pass right after halftime and the defense forced three fumbles on the game.

The defense also picked off three interceptions. If there were any questions about who could replace Cade Manzanares — they found the answer in Armando Silva, who was a presence inside and recovered a fumble and stuffed the run. Coach Jeff Lynn went with a two-platoon system to keep his players fresh.

This all that RDR Sports could report as deadline approached. Read the rest of the story in Sunday’s RDR with quotes from coach Lynn.

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