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2013: Rockets win Alien City encounter

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Goddard’s Dean McDaniel (21) runs around Roswell’s Jared Perez during their 2013 rivalry game. McDaniel rushed for 201 yards and had three total TDs to lead the Rockets to a 35-0 victory. (Daily Record File Photo)

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In anticipation of Friday night’s big game between the Rockets and Coyotes, RDR Sports is taking a look back this week at some of each team’s memorable victories over their crosstown rivals. In 2013’s game, Goddard used the running of Cody French and Dean McDaniel to extend their long winning streak against the rival Coyotes. Legendary coach Sam Jernigan’s defense shut out Roswell first-year coach Jeff Lynn’s squad, 35-0, in their initial meeting. Lynn at the time had Roswell in the hunt for the playoffs for the first time in years. Goddard won the district title for the sixth year and went into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed for the fourth year in a row. As we look ahead to Friday’s continuation of the long-running rivalry, relive the 2013 Rockets’ victory over Roswell in the story below, from the archives of RDR Sports.

Editor’s note: This story originally ran in the Nov. 9, 2013 edition of the Roswell Daily Record.

The longest win streak in the history of the Alien City Encounter got one game longer on Friday at the Wool Bowl.

Top-ranked Goddard won the battle for city supremacy for the 13th straight time, blanking Roswell 35-0 to wrap up the District 4-4A championship and, in all likelihood, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming state playoffs.

And for the second straight year, it was Dean McDaniel who carried the load for Goddard’s ground-and-pound offense.

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The junior tailback, playing in place of the injured Cody French, ran 26 times for 201 yards and two scores and had a 4-yard receiving score for the Rockets (7-2).

“I’m just trying to do my best to fill in for Cody,” said McDaniel, who now has 384 yards and five TDs on 56 carries in two career starts against Roswell.

“I’m not the starting running back, but I’ll just do my best every time I get in. I’m just trying to get a ‘W’ for my team and do whatever I can do (to help us do that).”

The always stoic Sam Jernigan said McDaniel just did what he usually does.

“I thought he ran pretty tough. I thought we missed some blocks up front for him, so that didn’t help him up too much there,” said the 23rd-year coach, who improved to 18-6 all-time against Roswell. “But, he did a pretty good job of picking up the load like he usually does, and he does it with a grin on his face.

“I thought he had a pretty decent game.”

That pretty decent game was highlighted by a pair of second-quarter touchdown runs that all but put the game out of reach.

After a scoreless first quarter, Cameron Neff put Goddard on top 6-0 when he capped a 15-play, 78-yard drive that ate up nearly 8 minutes of game time with a 1-yard touchdown.

Less than 4 minutes after that, McDaniel scored on a 40-yard run with 6:23 left in the half. Five minutes later, McDaniel was scoring again, this time on a 3-yard run on a fourth-down play.

Kelsey Cunningham scored on a 1-yard dive midway through the third and Neff hit McDaniel for an aerial score with about 9 minutes left in the fourth to cap the scoring.

Roswell threatened in Goddard’s territory just once, on its final drive of the game late in the fourth. The Coyotes had just 64 total yards in the game, 42 of which came on the aforementioned drive.

J.J. Fierro led the Coyotes with 29 rushing yards on eight carries. Jacob Miley ran for 20 yards on 14 carries and was 1 for 5 for 7 yards through the air.

It was the eighth shutout win by Goddard in the series and trimmed Roswell’s lead in the series to 30-21-3.

“As everyone knows, they are our biggest rival,” McDaniel said. “It’s always nice to beat them. They played good tonight.

“Honestly, our line did real good, so I give (the credit) to them.”

The loss puts Roswell (6-4) on the bubble when it comes to the playoffs and leaves the Coyotes’ chances in the hands of the selection committee.

First-year Coyote coach Jeff Lynn said he thinks his team belongs in the playoffs.

“I would think we’re a playoff team. We’ve got five 4A wins and one 5A win,” he said. “I would be really disappointed if we weren’t (selected). There would be some things that were wrong with the whole system if we’re not a playoff team.”

Goddard, meanwhile, won the district title for the sixth straight year and should be the No. 1 seed in the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

McDaniel said the Rockets are just focused on the next game.

“We’ve got one game at a time,” he said. “We’ve got playoffs coming up, but we don’t know where everyone is going to be seeded. All we’re worried about is that one game coming up.”

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