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Roswell is back in the title game

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Roswell’s Jasia Reese (2) runs the ball against Deming Friday night at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha Photo)

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These days it must be good to be the Roswell Coyotes football team and have Jeff Lynn as coach. In the last two seasons, he’s been on quite a run. Let’s see, he’s the district winningest coach over the last two seasons going 23-2. Roswell has won the 5A district title two years in a row and is seeking their second state title after dismantling Deming Friday night at the Wool Bowl, 49-12.

Roswell’s Joel Sanchez (22) catches a pass Friday night against Deming at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha Photo)

Before the game earlier in the week, Deming’s coach Greg Simmons stated he didn’t know how or if his team could match up with Roswell. He thought his Wildcats would have to play perfectly to have a chance: Simmons was right on both accounts, and now he knows his team is not fast enough or big enough. Simmons saw firsthand the difference between watching the fastest team he has faced this year on film and seeing that speed on the field.

“The speed that they have,” Deming’s coach Greg Simmons said, “we’re fast, but we’re not that level fast, and that kind of stymied us on defense a lot because of the speed they were doing things. It’s hard to practice that.”

Simmons noted that he has watched every game Roswell has played this year. He saw that teams have moved the ball against Roswell, but the thing is to maintain that effort. One of the things that amazed Simmons was that Roswell, by playing deep into the playoffs every year, gets an additional five weeks of practice to help season up their underclassmen who are invaluable come the next season.

“Roswell is so fast,” Simmons said. “Roswell doesn’t even give you time to call signals. We were having trouble getting the signals in, because they go to the line, and then the motions. You look up and with our guys having to go both ways — I’m looking for a linebacker and he’s on the field, it’s just hectic when you play Roswell.”

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The one takeaway for the Wildcats is they played with Roswell, it wasn’t long — it was only the very first series. Deming took the opening kickoff and marched down the field running the ball up the middle with quarterback Jesse Varela.

Varela would throw a screen pass and go down the field. Deming would score when Ceazer Chavez scored on a speed option to the left side of the end zone to give Deming a 6-0 lead with the PAT being no good and 7:54 left in the first quarter.

“They (Deming) played well,” Roswell coach Jeff Lynn said. “They came out and scored on that first series, they kind of did some things that we hadn’t seen them do. Coach Simmons is a good coach and he had us schemed up there. Coach Bolanos and the defensive coaches did a good job of getting our kids on the sidelines and make the adjustments.”

Then reality hit and the wheels began to come off on Deming. On the next series, Roswell’s Joel Renteria took the ball 15 yards to the house and Joel Sanchez added the PAT to give Roswell a 7-6 lead with 1:45 to play in the first quarter.

Deming could not stop or slow down Roswell’s offense, mainly, Jasia Reese. Reese scored three touchdowns on the night and had two called back. With 1:55 in the first quarter, Roswell quarterback Dominic Nava threw a go route to Reese as he ran down the left sideline and jumped over a defender to give the Coyotes a 14-6 lead and Sanchez added the PAT.

On their next series, Reese took a handoff from Nava and scored on a 46-yard run around the right side to give Roswell a 21-6 lead with 11:18 in the second quarter. On Roswell’s next series, Renteria scored from 5 yards out to put the Coyotes up 28-6 with 8:40 to play in the second quarter.

When Roswell got the ball back again, Nava dialed up Reese again for a 42-yard touchdown to give RHS a 42-6 lead with 4:07 to play in the second quarter. After another three and out by Roswell, they took the ball over on their own 20-yard line and a couple of runs and passes led to a 19-yard pass to Joel Sanchez over the middle and he added the PAT to give Roswell a 42-6 lead with 1:10 to play in the second quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff after halftime, Deming surprised Roswell with an onside kick and the ball went 20 yards before the Wildcats recovered. Roswell held and forced another turnover on downs. Roswell drove the ball down the field methodically and ended up handing the ball off to Sanchez on a jet sweep as he scored from 13 yards out to give Roswell a 49-6 lead with 6:55 to play in the third quarter.

Deming’s quarterback Jesse Varela scrambled 85 yards to make the final score 49-12.

“This was a good overall team win,” Lynn said. “I thought the offense and defense played well. I thought the special teams played well, that’s a good feeling going into the game next week. We need to finish this season off the right way. We’ll have a quality opponent in either Goddard or Los Lunas. I’m proud of this team and where we’re going.”

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