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David Lynn teaches old tricks to new students

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Anyone associated with football in New Mexico knows the name, David Lynn, if not by that name, perhaps by “OG”. After 48 years on the sidelines, football is in his blood; so much so that he is an assistant offensive and defensive line coach for his son, Jeff Lynn of the Roswell Coyotes.

David Lynn (ENMU Athletics Photo)

“Things evolve in football,” David Lynn said. “Sometimes they come back around but for the most part, it’s more of a wide-open game. They’re (the team) prepared. My son Jeff, he’s our offensive coordinator. He prepares the team, they should be prepared.”

David is a New Mexico coaching legend that has stood across the sidelines from some of the best football coaches in New Mexico and matched wits with them. He’s won enough games to be inducted into the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall Of Fame in 2014. He was named District Coach of the Year eight times and New Mexico High School Coaches Association Football Coach of the Year in 1997-98.

For the Lynn family and their football teams, practicing on Thanksgiving Day is a family tradition. Josh Lynn, David’s son, is the head coach at the University of Nebraska Kearney and is preparing his team for the Mineral Water Bowl where they will take on Winona State on Dec. 7.

Roswell is not the underdog this year, in fact, they are the prohibitive favorite when they step on the Los Lunas field Saturday. It will be their to chance to win their second Blue Trophy in as many years. Jeff Lynn has won 23 of 25 games and is on a 17-game winning streak. David Lynn has been a part of five state football championships as a head coach, and two as an assistant coach.

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“What happens in a football team each year is you get better,” David Lynn said. “The kids grow and get stronger. They understand the system better and all of them have bought in. We have a culture here where we expect to win. If you don’t expect anything then that’s exactly what you’ll get — nothing.”

David Lynn feels the success of this season is a direct response to the previous season and things have perpetuated since then. Last season, the Coyotes lost two games compared to this year’s undefeated season.

“We beat teams that we had never beat before,” David Lynn said. “The best example I can think of is Hobbs in Hobbs. When we lined up against the Goddard Rockets, that was one of the toughest games of the season. The rivalry can go either way. It’s physical. Of course, Artesia came to play us and our district is probably the toughest in the state from top to bottom.”

In District 4-5A, all four of the teams in Roswell’s district went to the playoffs. David Lynn also credits how the team has responded. All of the players have bought in since July 1. David Lynn thinks the kids and parents want to be a part of something bigger than themselves and be a part of a team.

“Anything that’s worthwhile is going to take some sacrifice on everybody’s behalf,” David Lynn said. “Even the families have sacrificed for us to be successful.”

He believes the strengths of the team this season are their depth and their speed. Both the offensive and defensive lines are extremely athletic, and they have put in the work this season to show for it. The team uses a “hurry-up” offense, which means they don’t have to huddle and can move quickly. This system works well for the team and the kids have adapted to it well.

David Lynn says they didn’t go into the season hoping to win all of their games, but the goal was to make it back to the state championship.

“You don’t ever get to play in very many of these games so you better make the most of it.”

Saturday the Coyotes return to the state championships to fight to win back-to-back state titles.

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