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Goddard places eight on the all-state team

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Goddard football showed up again this season — they went 9-3. Goddard placed five members of their football team on first-team all-state. Goddard also placed three members on the second team. Some of the players made all-state on both sides of the ball.

Leading the way was senior Hunter Beene who made both the first team as a tight end and on defense as a linebacker and defensive end. He was named second-team punter as well. Beene was having a great senior year until he was injured running the ball against Portales. The injury ended his senior campaign. Beene was not only a threat to catch the ball but he was used as a Wildcat to run the ball.

Big Larry Luna, a junior, made his presence felt, and has major colleges salivating at the opportunity to recruit him next season. Luna went both ways and was selected second-team defensive lineman. He is most dominating coming off the ball and pancaking defensive linemen. One of the highlights of the year was when Luna handled his one-on-one matchup against Texas Tech signee Philip Blidi. Luna will only get better next season. Look for Goddard coach Chris White to run behind Luna next season.

Anthony Panto made it as a second-team performer. Panto was solid and a rock for the offensive line.

Senior Connor Villapando was a spark plug and made the team as a second-team outside linebacker and defensive end. His real value was that he had the speed to burn and was able to turn a regular play into a big play. He took the opening kickoff against St. Pius X for a 92-yard TD. Villalpando would use his speed to turn the corner and chase down running backs.

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Kaston Ramage had a good senior year and made the team as a first-team inside linebacker. Ramage was a leader of the defense, making it hard for teams to run on.

Sammy “the Bull” Zaragoza was named first-team running back. Zaragoza is a junior who will return next season and will be a force running the ball. It was seldom that opposing teams were able to tackle him with one defender. Zaragoza and Rion Lee formed one of the best one-two run combinations in the state.

Rion “Mr.” Lee came on strong in the second half of the season and was a violent runner for the Rockets with speed. As a senior, Lee became the Rockets’ home run threat from the backfield. Lee had a career year against Lovington with three runs of over 50-plus yards. Lee ran for 200 yards and had three touchdowns that day.

Speedster Nate Stone made all-state first-team as a secondary performer. Stone, a junior, was also able to run with the other team’s fastest receiver. Stone was a threat on the offensive end of the field where he caught multiple TDs this season.