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Following family tradition, Lomeli signs with NMMI

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Artur Otero, grandfather; Sylvester Cheeto Lomlei Jr. brother; Tierra Lomeli, mother; Alex Lomeli, brother; Xavier Lomeli, Aneisa Otero, cousin and Sylvester Lomeli father. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)
Roswell’s Xavier Lomeli kisses the Blue Trophy after the clock hits zero. Roswell won against Los Lunas, 25-19, for the second straight year in a row. ()David Rocha Photo)

Coming into the 2019 season, there was no doubt that Roswell would be electric on offense. They had to replace a couple of people at key positions, but the nucleus for them to dominate their opponents on the offensive side of the ball was their offensive line.

It all started with all-state offensive lineman, Joshua Castillo, but the ignitor to the line had to be big Xavier Lomeli, who for one, always had the tools, and two, the best part of his game was his ability to stay healthy, and three, he had the quickest feet of any lineman in District 4-5A. Xavier played so well as a senior that he made first-team all-state tackle along with Castillo.

One thing that opponents and opposing coaches have overlooked on Xavier was the fact that he played with a nastiness that hadn’t been seen in previous years. In a way, Xavier transformed his game and body by staying in the weight room and getting in shape.

“I think his commitment to the weight room allowed him to stay healthy,” Roswell football coach Jeff Lynn said.

In his junior year, Lomeli broke his foot in camp before the start of the season. The injury caused him to missed a lot of games. He returned to help solidify the offensive line and help the Coyotes beat Goddard and Los Lunas for the Blue Trophy.

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The fact that Xavier showed up and showed out for his senior year is nothing new to his coaches and teammates at Roswell. Xavier was under another big tackle on the Coyotes and learned the tricks of the trade when he studied under Victor Bolonas, who was a senior when Victor was a sophomore.

“Xavier Lomeli has great feet,” Lynn said, “and has a mean streak to him.”

Xavier says that he felt good going into his senior season. He was coming off of a broken foot. He credits the hard work in the summer along with work in the weight room. He felt that with the team the Coyotes had coming back, it could be a special team.

“I worked hard in the weight room,” Xavier said. “I worked harder than ever. I knew it was my last year. Going back to back means everything to me to do it with my brothers.”

Xavier chose New Mexico Military Institute after a visit. He felt comfortable being there. He follows an older brother, Dominic Lomeli, who went there for two years and played baseball. He is projected to play on the offensive line.

“I think he grew,” Lynn said. “He (Xavier) took steps every year. I think we saw a difference in him in his senior year. He played nasty and took it to another level as far as being physical and finishing blocks. He’s always been big and had great feet. I think that’s going to help him at the college level.”

Xavier’s favorite win was beating Goddard this year as a senior and beating Los Lunas to repeat as back-to-back champions.

Once he is done playing football, Xavier would like to be a physical therapist. Xavier thanked his family for always supporting him throughout his life.