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2010: Rockets roll past Coyotes, 42-0

Goddard’s David Anaya, left, looks for a way around Roswell’s Kevin Kelly on his way to a 32-yard touchdown during Goddard’s 42-0 win over the Coyotes at the Wool Bowl in 2010. (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 2010, Goddard lived up to their motto “Taking Care of Business” as they manhandled the Coyotes for their 10th consecutive win over Roswell. Goddard running back David Anaya racked up 153 rushing yards against the Coyotes’ defense. Goddard’s win gave them a 9-0 record. Roswell ended their season with a winning record. Below is the story of the Rockets’ 2010 victory.

Editor’s note: This story first ran in the Oct. 30, 2010 edition of the Roswell Daily Record.

They ran, they passed and they scored on defense.

The Goddard Rockets essentially did it all on Friday night, including beating crosstown rival Roswell for the 10th straight time.

Goddard ran for 311 yards, passed for 117 yards and scored 21 points in each half to cruise to a 42-0 win over the Coyotes in front of a Wool Bowl that was filled to nearly 90 percent capacity.

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“I have no explanation for it,” said Goddard senior Said Fuentes, who goes out of the rivalry with a perfect 4-0 mark against Roswell in his high-school career. “It feels good for me and my other fellow seniors.

“It feels good, it means a lot for us to beat them.”

While Fuentes said it feels good to beat Roswell, he, along with fellow senior Dustin Levario, still looked at the game from a “taking care of business” perspective.

“It’s just another game. I want to get to that game,” Levario said, talking about the state championship, where Goddard is hoping to get for the fifth straight season.

The win moved Goddard within one win of the program’s first undefeated regular season, but both Fuentes and Levario said that getting to 9-0 just means they’re one game closer to their ultimate goal.

“It means we’re doing a pretty good job,” Levario said about what it meant to get to 9-0.

“Nine wins, that’s all it means, is nine wins,” said Fuentes. “One more week to go, that’s all it means.”

Getting that ninth win or beating Roswell for the 18th time in school history was never really in doubt on Friday.

The Rockets (9-0, 2-0 District 4-4A) scored on their first possession on a 3-yard run by David Anaya with 6:51 left in the first.

They punted on their next possession, but on the first play of Roswell’s ensuing possession, David Strickland scooped up a botched Coyote pitch and went 37 yards for a score to make it 14-0.

Another Coyote fumble on the second play of the next drive then led to another Goddard score and a 21-0 Rocket lead.

Bishop Whiteside recovered the Kevin Kelly fumble and, seven plays later, Greene was diving into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown with 9:04 left in the second quarter.

To that point, Roswell never advanced past the 50 and already had two turnovers.

The turnovers, according to Coyote coach Robert Arreola, is what took his team out of the game.

“That’s something we talked all week long about,” the third-year coach said. “We have got to take care of the ball. Any time you’re playing a team like Goddard, they’ll make you pay for it.

“And it showed that they did. Every mistake we made, they capitalized on it. You can’t do that against good teams and Goddard is a good team.”

Roswell got into Goddard territory on the next drive following Greene’s TD run, but a fourth-down pass from James Singleton to Richard Medrano fell incomplete to end the threat at the Rocket 26.

Roswell would never get any deeper into Rocket territory the rest of the night. In fact, Roswell crossed the 50 just two more times in the game.

Goddard scored on its first possession of the second half with a 49-yard drive that started after Roswell tried an onside kick coming out of halftime.

Roswell appeared to recover the onside try, but it was ruled that a Coyote touched the ball before it went the mandatory 10 yards.

The Rockets scored seven plays later on a 9-yard pass from Greene to Brandon Youngblood — who had two catches for 38 yards — to make it 28-0.

Roswell (5-4, 0-1) committed its third turnover on the night on the next possession when Greene picked off a Singleton pass.

Anaya scored on the ensuing play with a 32-yard run to make it 35-0.

Greene added the final Rocket TD on an 8-yard run with 9:26 left in the game and finished with 68 yards on 11 carries.

The junior also completed 10 of 13 passes for 117 yards.

Anaya led Goddard with 153 yards on 20 rushes.

Goddard held Roswell to 126 total yards on the night. Kelly had 17 carries for 58 yards to lead the Coyotes.

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