This Saturday, the Roswell Coyotes look to go wire-to-wire as the undefeated and No. 1-ranked team in District 4-5A. They prepare to take on Los Lunas and continue their 17-game winning streak and finish off the season with a second consecutive championship.
“I’m fired up,” said head coach Jeff Lynn. “Hair standing up on the back of my neck. It’ll be a sold-out crowd and we’re excited.” Coaching since ‘97, Lynn says that it’s been a good season. “Any time you’re undefeated going into the state championship, it’s been a good year. The kids have come together well, and the coaching staff has done a good job of putting the kids in the right spots.”
Coach Lynn has seen a lot of improvement with his defense. Going into the year, Lynn took all the returners and gave our defensive coaches all the new guys and told the defensive staff “make a defense out of them.” Lynn feels like over the course of the year, the defense has consistently gotten better. The defensive is really playing at a high level right now and that’s all because of all of the hard work done by the defensive coaches.
Lynn reflects on growing up and playing for his dad, David Lynn, and watching him — he didn’t really see a lot of the time what he was doing but as he gets further into this and gets more experience as a head coach, Lynn would sit back and understand why he did that. Lynn really appreciates the way his dad coached him. It changed him and the way he coaches.
The Coyotes have won the 5A district title two years in a row and seeking another state championship, Coach Lynn says that the goal isn’t to win another title, the goal is to always keep getting better. With a good group of kids and the mindset of improving, it set the team up to reach their full potential. Lynn says he’s most proud of the way the kids treat each other and the respect they show for one another.
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“It’s a brotherhood. It’s an experience where they can bond with each other and be a part of something bigger than themselves,” Lynn said.
The team has had many days of practice in preparation for the game on Saturday in Los Lunas. Keeping their preparation the same by watching the film, lifting, going to practice and repeating, the team is doing the same things that have gotten them to the championship. Lynn says that he’s been reminding his team to be humble and to respect Los Lunas. He says that Los Lunas has really improved, and it isn’t the same team the Coyotes played earlier in the year.
One of the great things about the last few years in coaching at Roswell is Lynn has had the opportunity to coach with his Hall of Fame coach and dad, David Lynn. Jeff Lynn feels like it’s good (to coach with his dad), almost like role reversal. Jeff Lynn’s dad was always the head coach growing up and was the authority figure, but now he’s kind of the boss, so it’s kind of a role reversal. Lynn feels it’s been great and that his dad, David Lynn has done a really good job coaching Roswell’s offensive line and a great job with those kids.
“My dad, David, brings knowledge and wisdom,” Jeff Lynn said. “It comes from a lot of years of experience to the younger guys on our staff that we don’t have necessarily. Football is a part of our blood. My brother, Josh Lynn, is a college football coach.
“It’s a good thing for our community and for our kids,” Coach Lynn said. “It’s exciting to have the kind of season we had last year and be able to bounce back and have the season we’re having this year. It’s really been fun.”