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Coyotes outlast Wildcats in a wild one, 76-54

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Roswell’s Freddy Anaya scores a 26-yard touchdown on the ground against Lovington on Friday night. (David Rocha Photo)

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This is not last year’s state championship team. This year’s team has not been stopped on offense yet. The guy that has come from out of nowhere to ball out is Joel Renteria.

Renteria is this year’s Joel Sanchez. Against Lovington, all he did was rush for 198 yards on 18 carries, catch a 20-yard pass and rush for a touchdown. Roswell would need a host of other players to outlast Lovington, 76-54 at Brian Urlacher Stadium Friday night.

In the last two weeks, teams have come out and scored the first touchdown on the Coyotes to wake them up. Lovington quarterback Casey Perez would run the ball in from 6 yards out as they added the PAT to go up, 7-0, with 10:11 in the first quarter.

Dominic Nava came back and scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak, with the PAT good. The score was tied at 7-7. The Coyotes had trouble stopping Lovington’s Perez all night — the all-state quarterback ran for over 200 yards and threw for 300 yards and four TDs.

Roswell received the ball 11 times in the game and did not punt. On their second possession after a penalty, Nava threw the ball deep to Jasia Reese, who faked his defender out and went 73 yards before he was pushed out of bounds. Nava scored from 1 yard out to make it 14-7, and at the end of the first quarter, it was 21-7.

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In the second quarter, the offensive fireworks for both teams continued as Nava threw a 20-yard TD pass to Jasia Reese. Roderick Sedillo scored on a 3-yard run and a 1-yard run as Roswell lead, 34-22, at halftime.

Neither team could stop the other and Roswell came out in the second half and scored as Joel Sanchez caught a 48-yard TD pass from Nava to give them a 41-22 lead. Lovington could not stop Roswell on offense.

The next time Roswell had the ball, Nava threw a pass to Reese on the line of scrimmage and Reese turned on the jets and just outran three defenders for a 46-yard TD with 6:44 to play in the third quarter. The crowd momentarily went silent as Roswell took a 48-22 lead. Lovington scored on a 2-yard run up the middle to make the score 48-28. PAT was no good with 2:05 left in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, each team traded touchdowns with Renteria running it in for a 1-yard TD as RHS took a 55-28 lead. Lovington’s Perez throws a pass for a 71-yard TD with PAT good to make the score 55-33 with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter.

“It was a physical matchup like I knew it was going to be,” Lovington coach Anthony Gonzales said. “Their physicality wore us out. I told our team that this game is going to make us better. Hats off to Roswell, especially offensively. What’s special about them is that they play with such effort.”

Roswell showed their depth as Freddy Anaya ran in a 26-yard TD with PAT good, giving them a 62-35 lead with 9:44 to play in the game. Lovington’s Perez on the next possession would throw a 29-yard TD with 9:04 in the fourth quarter to cut RHS’ lead 62-42.

Roswell would score on their next possession to make it 69-42. Again the Wildcats’ Casey would throw a TD to make the score 69-48 with 2:51 left.

Roswell’s “All Everything” Joel Sanchez scored on a jet sweep with 1:43 to play and give them a 76-48 lead. Perez scrambled, flushed from the pocket and threw a TD to make the score 76-54 with 1:06 left to play.

After that, Lovington chose to run out the clock.

“We played really well offensively,” Roswell coach Jeff Lynn said. “Anytime you score 75 points and you don’t have a defensive touchdown or a special team touchdown, it’s pretty good. Lovington is a pretty good football team.”

Roswell travels to Hobbs next week.

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.