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092019 Fantastic football Friday preview

Roswell’s Jaden Contreras (20) reaches to break up a pass during last year’s game against Miyamura at the Wool Bowl. The undefeated Coyotes travel to Gallup to take on the Patriots tonight at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on livestream.com/ksvptv. (David Rocha File Photo)

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Not a lot of marquee games on the football schedule this week. Goddard has a bye this week, and will be getting ready for a showdown against last year’s semifinal game opponent Los Lunas. 6A Cleveland will play at Artesia this week but that has nothing to do with Chaves County. There is the Bradley Bowl this week when Jim Bradley of Carlsbad will face off against brother Michael Bradley of Mayfield.

RDR Sports cannot in good conscious tell football fans the No. 1 team in the state, the Roswell Coyotes, will be challenged this week. Roswell is playing a rebuilding Miyamura football team that struggled to keep the game from ending before halftime last year. The Patriots struggled to get a first down in last year’s game. It was so ugly that Miyamura was mercy-ruled last year, 54-0, at Roswell’s homecoming.

Coach Lynn had to call off his team before halftime so that they could have festivities and play into the second half. Miyamura is in Gallup, New Mexico — what can be said about this game is the Coyote offense will be galloping up and down the field into the end zone in another mercy-rule game.

Second-year coach John Roanhaus is trying to rebuild and change a culture. Roanhaus wants to go from a pass-happy offense that had them in the playoffs two years ago into a power football team, which will take time.

Roanhaus was a late hire in his first year but spent a lot of last season teaching his kids how to run block and get in a three-point stance. To be honest with the football fans, Miyamura has no chance to compete against an offense that is more explosive than last year’s Roswell team.

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One of the best scenarios would be for Roswell to score enough points, but have to play a full game and work on their defense. Lynn should want to see his defense play more and work on his backups getting game action.

Look for Lynn to go back to letting his players play one-way again to give his defense confidence — and get used to playing more and more — with more meaningful games coming up in the next few weeks. There is no way that the Patriots can match up in talent or athleticism this week. The other thing that Lynn does not want is to sustain a serious injury, something that could derail their season.

With a lot of football to be played, it is going to come down to the three teams in the district and each game is going to have a state championship feel.


This is going to be the game of the week, locally, if fans can get out to one game in the area, this would be it. Dexter is the undefeated and reigning state champion. Dexter is rolling and riding a 10-game winning streak dating back to last season.

Dexter coach Arturo Duran’s kryptonite has been facing Eunice, as they lost last season 34-0 at Eunice. Eunice lost former coach Ken Stevens to Hobbs late. With new head coach Greg Jackson, Eunice continues in their winning ways, coming into the game 3-1.

It seems that Eunice wants to throw the ball, but the truth is they have run the ball twice as much as they have thrown the ball. On offense, they will run the spread offense and will throw the ball to Avante Stevens, who leads the team in yards, 727, receptions, 27, and touchdowns, with 11. He is averaging 181 yards per game in four games this season.

If Dexter tries to double Stevens, look for Eunice to throw the ball to their second-leading receiver: Hayden Dean. Dean is the team’s second-leading receiver, with 18 catches, 407 yards and five TDs in four games. On a lot of other teams he would be a No. 1 receiver.

On defense, Eunice will continue to run the 43 defense. If Dexter is to continue marching on to another good season, they will have to silence the fans’ horns honking by keeping Eunice out of the end zone. Expect a close game. For Dexter, they cannot get behind and be forced to throw the ball — if they do it will be a long night. Dexter will have to continue to control the clock with the wishbone, and their offensive line.


Hagerman returns to the friendly confines of home. After starting the season 2-0, they have succumbed to two losses in a row. Let’s face it, they played the No. 1 team in 3A in Dexter and the No. 4 team in 3A in New Mexico Military Institute.

Cloudcroft comes calling and the game should be what the doctor ordered for Hagerman coach Guy Rivers. This will be the Bobcats’ fifth game of the season and the Bears’ second game. Cloudcroft will have a new coach in David Bradshaw.

The one thing that coach Rivers will have to do is get his offense untracked. The Bobcats have scored only eight points in a game all season. They can win games like that, because they have a stellar defense and they will always play hard, but they need to be able to put some points on the board. In last year’s game Hagerman hung 38 on Cloudcroft.

Gateway Christian

Gateway Christian Shaun Wigley’s team returns to the field after a two-week hiatus. They will face a Mesilla Valley Christian football team that has not won a game as well. Both teams need a win. Wigley has a rebuilding team and will be about teaching life lessons and character this season, but a win at home would be nice for all of the hard work those kids have put in this season, especially since this is a Homecoming game for Gateway Christian.

Lake Arthur

Lake Arthur has evened their record at .500 on the season after last week’s forfeit. This week homecoming is the game they want to win against Vaughn and use this game to continue on the march toward the playoffs.

Porras feels like his team has to improve each week. Two weeks ago the Panthers lost to Springer, but were in the game and in contention with a more experienced, senior-laden team. He felt like his team didn’t capitalize on field position and they didn’t take advantage of the momentum, which was one of the reasons they lost.

“In our loss to Springer,” Coach Porras said, “momentum and field position were the keys to that loss. We have to tackle better this week and not have the crucial penalties at key junctures of the game.”

The Vaughn Eagles come to Lake Arthur with the same record, but they have only played 2 games.

“Our team is well-rested and are prepared,” Porras said. “… Now it is up to them come out and perform, setting the tone with the district home opener.”

Goddard has a bye this week.

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

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