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Rockets fly past Lovington 50-0 at Wool Bowl

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The Goddard offensive line opens a running lane for quarterback Adrian Solis during the Rockets' 50-0 win against Lovington Friday night in Roswell. (Steve Notz Photo)

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There’s a lot less football being played this spring than most southeast New Mexico sports fans would like. At least the Goddard Rockets are making the most of every game.

After starting their three-game Spring 2021 campaign with a 50-22 trouncing of Artesia last week, the Rockets continued their winning ways Friday night at the Wool Bowl, beating Lovington 50-0.

Rockets head coach Chris White was pleased with the team’s performance.

“Week two, we’re getting our legs under us a little bit,” he said. “That first week, I felt like we were pretty rough around the edges. I thought the kids came out and performed well.

“For the amount of time that they’ve had to prepare and get ready, I think they’re doing great.”

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Of the opportunity to play football this Spring, White added, “The way we look at this — the kids look at it and I look at it — is whatever we get is a bonus, because we weren’t expecting to get anything.”

Goddard moves to 2-0 on the season with their game against crosstown rivals the Roswell Coyotes looming next week.

The Wildcats entered Friday’s game against the Rockets 2-0, sporting wins against Ruidoso and Hobbs by scores of 54-20 and 28-25, respectively.

It became apparent right off the bat, however, that things weren’t going to go the Wildcats’ way Friday night in Roswell.

Lovington began the game with an onside kick that the Rockets recovered, giving Goddard excellent field position — first and 10 on their own 49.

A first-down run yielded little yardage, but on second down Goddard’s Hector Salvarrey met almost no resistance as he burst through the Wildcats’ defensive line for a long touchdown run.

Sammy Zaragoza powered in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 Goddard with 11:13 remaining in the first quarter.

Lovington’s opening drive stalled, ending with a short punt that Goddard returned to the Wildcats’ 36. Goddard closed most of the distance to the end zone with a long pass from quarterback Adrian Solis to Jeremy Hicks. On the next play, Solis ran the ball in for the Rockets’ second score of the night.

After a failed two-point attempt, Goddard led 14-0 with 7:37 left in the first quarter. It was beginning to shape up as a long night for Lovington.

The Wildcats made their way into Goddard territory on their next possession — but an interception by Goddard’s Nate Stone gave the Rockets the ball back on their own 29.

Receptions by Salvarrey and Caleb Burrell helped Goddard move the ball across midfield.

On the first play of the second quarter, Solis connected with Zaragoza to set the Rockets up on the Lovington 30.

The drive eventually came down to a fourth and six on the Lovington 15. After a timeout, the Rockets went for it, Solis connecting with Salvarrey for a first down on the seven.

The drive culminated with a TD pass from Solis to Josh Hernandez. After the PAT, Goddard led 21-0 with 6:50 left in the quarter. That score would hold until halftime.

The Rockets’ Javyn Morales almost added to Goddard’s total on the first play of the second half, returning the kickoff to the Lovington 37. Only a desperate arm tackle by the Wildcats’ kicker kept him from punching through the coverage.

Goddard would increase its lead with 9:21 left in the third when Solis found Stone in the end zone. After the extra point it was 28-0 Goddard.

Three more Rockets scores — runs by Solis, fullback Drew Keelin and Max Kirk — would seal the 50-0 mercy-rule win.

Lovington, now 2-1, hosts Portales on March 26. Goddard, meanwhile, will prepare for the Coyotes next week at the Wool Bowl.

Roswell will enter the game at 1-1. Artesia defeated the Coyotes 43-28 Friday.

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