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Goddard blasts past Portales, 44-12

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Goddard’s Robert Aragon has a night running for over 100 yards and two TDs Friday night in Portales. (Steve Notz Photo)

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Goddard has no bigger fan in their team or defense than head coach Chris White. White kept his offense out on the field when his team had the ball deep in their own territory not once, but twice. Both times made a huge difference in the game and lead to scores.

On a fourth down and 16 with the ball at midfield, Goddard did the unexpected — they ran a play fake and sucked Portales’ defense in on a run fake to Sammy Zaragoza. Goddard quarterback Robert Aragon pulled the ball down and threw a 40-yard pass to Elijah Romero — it was good enough for a first down and it set up Aragon running it in for a 15-yard touchdown run as Jacob Wieser added the PAT to give Goddard a 7-0 lead with 6 minutes left in the first quarter.

The key play of the game was when Goddard had the ball fourth down and 1 at their 39-yard line. Goddard took a timeout and when they came out of the huddle, heady Aragon called the signals and kept the ball and ran it over the left guard, and ran the ball all the way to the 1-yard line for a 57-yard first down. That play not only changed the momentum of this game but maybe the season for Goddard. Goddard is starting to gain more and more confidence with Aragon as their “Field General.”

On the next play, Aragon would toss sweep to the right side to Sammy Zaragoza for a 1-yard TD to give Goddard a 21-6 lead with 1:28 to play in the first half. Goddard would go on to dominate with their offensive linemen and Hunter Beene would intercept a screen pass and return it for a 10-yard TD to win, 44-12.

“The things we do is self-evaluate ourselves in practice,” Goddard’s head football coach Chris White said in his pre-game radio show. “We film ourselves and are honest with our kids, that’s how we stay grounded and humble.”

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Goddard had to be concerned with Portales’ defensive end and offensive tackle Phillip Bildi, who is 6-foot-4 and weighs 238 pounds and committed to play on Saturdays at Texas Tech University. What did Goddard do? the Rockets ran right at him on defense. It was enough to neutralize him to where he was worn out and not a factor. In the end of the game, he was tired and not able to make enough plays to make a difference.

The difference showed when Goddard received the opening kickoff in the second half and they controlled the ball for five minutes when it was Aragon left, Aragon right, Aragon up the middle, until they handed the ball to Sammy Zaragoza who ran it in for a 23-yard touchdown with 7:12 to play in the third quarter. Wieser added the PAT to give them a 28-12 lead.

In the third quarter, Goddard had the ball for 10 minutes of the third quarter taking the sails out of Portales as their big offensive line wore out the Rams. In the second half, Goddard’s defense is forming one that will rank among the best of the best defenses to ever play at Goddard. Soon if they continue their dominating ways, people will be calling the names of Ray Downs, Larry Luna, Hunter Beene and James Torrez, just to name a few of the “Blue Thunder.”

“The team needs to be more disciplined,” White said on his radio show before the game. “We need to take care of some things, and win the turnover battle and do well on special teams. We haven’t been as solid as we need to be in punt returns, Hunter Beene has been punting the ball well.”

Goddard’s special team blocked a punt and forced a safety to make the score 37-12 with 5:12 to play in the game. As the game continues, Goddard breaks out and scores a touchdown in the Wildcat formation as Hunter Beene runs it in from 30 yards to make the score, 44-12.

One of the things that has to be on the minds of every fan in Goddard nation is where are they going to be ranked after a thoroughly dominating performance? James Torrez intercepted a Rams’ pass at the 20-yard line to preserve a 44-12 victory.

Portales came to play as they scored on a 70-yard screen pass from quarterback Baylor Diaz, who threw it to wide receiver Kellan Hightower. He made a couple of tacklers miss and went the distance with 5:23, the PAT was no good.

Goddard’s Aragon ran a quarterback sneak and Jacob Wieser added the PAT to make the score 14-6 with 11:58 in the second quarter. Right before halftime, Portales threw the ball deep and was called for a pass interference and the ball was placed at the 50-yard line. Goddard was also called for another interference call as Diaz ended up throwing a 12-yard fade to Jalen Allen with 18 seconds left in the half as they made the score 21-12. Portales missed the two-point conversion.

Goddard has a bye week next week.

Aragon, Beene and Zaragoza each scored two touchdowns. Aragon and Zaragoza each ran for over 100 yards. Goddard defense finally gave up a touchdown, but Hunter Beene also scored on a 10-yard interception for a touchdown off a screen pass.

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