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Coyotes run Tigers out of town, 55-24

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Roswell’s Joel Renteria (7) runs the ball during Friday night’s game against Alamogordo at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha Photo)

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For southeast New Mexico football fans, there didn’t seem to be much suspense headed into Friday’s matchup between Roswell and Alamogordo.

The Coyotes, undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state, have been dominant all season.

Alamogordo, meanwhile, at 2-5, had struggled a bit.

Here’s where we’re supposed to say, “That’s why they play the games.”

But no, this one pretty much went the way most folks thought it would, with Roswell handling Alamogordo, 55-24, on a chilly evening at the Wool Bowl.

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Roswell coach Jeff Lynn was happy with the Coyotes’ effort. “They came out and they took care of business,” he said. “Just a good team win.”

The Coyotes came into the contest having run roughshod over their previous three opponents.

They defeated Artesia 48-28 on Oct. 18, Piedra Vista 35-0 on Oct. 11 — and beat Belen by an eye-popping score of 54-0 on Sept. 27.

That run was a continuation, more or less, of what Roswell has been doing to opposing teams all year. No one’s been able to keep up with their high-powered offense.

The Tigers, meanwhile, have had a rougher go of it. The most recent example: Goddard thumped them 40-0 on Oct. 18.

Nothing much changed for either team Friday night.

Roswell wasted no time putting points on the board — but it was the Coyotes’ defense that struck first.

On Alamogordo’s opening drive, Jasia Reese intercepted a Tigers’ pass and took it to the end zone for a pick-six. With 10:50 to go in the first, Roswell was up 7-0.

The Coyotes would find the end zone again with 3:11 left in the first quarter. Dominic Nava connected with Reese for a 21-yard touchdown pass, making it 14-0.

Alamogordo answered back with a field goal at the 9:48 mark of the second quarter, making it 14-3, Roswell. But 28 seconds later, a Reese touchdown run extended the Coyotes’ lead to 21-3.

Joel Renteria would run the ball in for another Roswell score with 7:09 left in the half, making it 28-3.

The Coyotes were knocking on the door again with 3:41 left in the second, when a fumble gave the ball back to the Tigers deep in their own territory.

But a Talon Sanders interception and long return gave Roswell another scoring chance — which Nava and Renteria took advantage of as they hooked up for a touchdown, making it 35-3, Roswell, with 2:51 remaining in the second, a score that would hold until the teams headed to their respective locker rooms at half time.

Early in the third, a touchdown pass from Nava to Renteria made it 42-3, and there was no looking back for Roswell.

A number of Roswell’s younger players got a chance to take the field during the second half, much of which was played with a running clock, due to the Coyotes’ lead.

Alamogordo added a touchdown late in the third, and two more in the fourth.

The Coyotes would visit the end zone a couple more times before the last seconds ticked off the clock, missing one extra point attempt, for the final score of 55-24.

Alamogordo will finish out the regular season Nov. 1 with a game against Artesia.

The Coyotes now set their sights on the game next week against crosstown rival the Goddard Rockets.

“That’s always a hard-fought game,” Lynn said. “It’s always fun, a lot of people here (at the Wool Bowl). Fun game.”