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Roswell blasts Belen in homecoming game

The 2019 Roswell High School homecoming court. From left: Caleb Wright, Erin Sing, Ana Gomez, Xavier Lomeli, King Joel Gomez, Queen Rael Gonzales (Mom- Cindy), Talon Sanders, Aneisa Otero, Richard Arreola, Karla Valverde, Kelvin Alarcon, Azaleah Sanchez, 2018 King Justin Carrasco and 1973 Queen Pat Hill. (David Rocha Photo)

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What Roswell High has been doing to teams this season just isn’t right. Roswell’s offense should be reported to the Roswell Police Department for the way they have been slaying other teams. What has happened to Belen football team is as if the Coyotes were setting a single-match kill record of 48 in a Fortnite solo game.

Roswell’s Jasia Reese (2) runs down the sideline with Joel Sanchez (22) watching the action Friday night against Los Lunas at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha Photo)

Roswell has hardly broken a sweat this season, as it has run up scores as high as 76 points and they have broken 50 points in every game except the Hobbs game. They seem to be on a mission to prove that last season was no fluke and leave imprints for future Coyote teams to talk about.

Roswell is yet to punt in six games this season and wasted no time scoring when they held Belen to three and out. Roswell running back Joel Renteria took a handoff 26 yards for their first score with 10:28 to play in the first quarter. That’s all Roswell would need as the fans, students and alumni showed up and were feeling good about themselves as they were bouncing to the sounds of the band. Roswell would go on to win, 54-0 at the Wool Bowl Friday night.

“We didn’t feel like we played really well against Miyamura,” Coyotes’ coach Jeff Lynn said. “We really have the attitude we want to see. “We challenged the kids this week to play well in the first quarter and they did.”

Roswell received another big game from Jasia Reese, who fielded a Belen punt with two Belen tacklers barreling down on him. Reese waited until the defenders were one yard away from him before picking up the ball. Reese split the two defenders and zigged and zagged across the field for a 49-yard TD with 8:15 to play in the first quarter.

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“Yeah, he’s good,” Lynn said. “He made some plays. He’s special, really there wasn’t anything there on the punt return and he made something happen. On the catch down the sidelines, that was a pretty sweet move.”

In this game, Roswell’s defense shut down Belen all game long forcing four turnovers on downs after being frustrated that they could not stop the Coyotes on offense. Roswell’s Xavier Gonzales intercepted a pass from Eagles’ quarterback Luke Aragon just inside the goal line. Gonzales ran the ball to the Coyotes’ 36-yard line.

On the very next snap, Renteria took a handoff to the house going 67-yards with 4:28 to play in the first quarter to give Roswell a 21-0 lead. When Roswell took over again, quarterback Dominic Nava threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Alonzo Acosta with 2:28 to play in the first quarter as they went up 28-0.

It seemed like the scoring might end there, but with 1:08 to play in the quarter, Nava threw a pass to Reese who made four Belen players miss as he ran into the end zone for a 42-yard TD as RHS led, 35-0.

In the second quarter with a running clock, Nava threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Valenzuela to the make the score 41-0 as the PAT was no good with 6:34 before halftime.

Belen turns the ball over on downs in the second quarter and with 1:30 to go before halftime, Nava hands the ball off to short-yardage specialist Angel Caballero as he scored from the 1-yard line and Joel Sanchez added the PAT to give the Coyotes a 48-0 lead before halftime.

Roswell received the opening kickoff in the second half and on the second play of the half, Caballero went 50 yards to end the game. Roswell only played 25 seconds of the third quarter.

“We’ve got No. 5, 4 and 2 left on our schedule,” Lynn said. “The next month is going to be big for us. We need to work on some things because the stretch run will be important to us. The goal is to be there at the end and playing for a Blue Trophy.”

Roswell has a bye on Friday.

Roswell 35, 13, 6

Belen 0, 0, 0

Reese returns a 49-yard punt return, he had three catches and a TD reception. Renteria had 4 carries, 96 yards and two TDs. Acosta had 1 catch, 37 yards and a TD. Nava 5 of 5 with 126 yards and three TDs. Valenzuela had 1 reception for 22 yards and one TD. Caballero had 2 carries, 51 yards and two TDs.

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

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