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2019: Coyotes repeat as district champs, 24-14

Roswell’s Jasia Reese (2) runs the ball during their 2019 rivalry game against Goddard at the Wool Bowl. The Coyotes won the most recent edition of the series, 24-14. (Daily Record File Photo)

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In anticipation of Friday night’s big game between the Coyotes and Rockets, RDR Sports is taking a look back this week at some of each team’s memorable victories over their crosstown rivals. This game wasn’t the beauty that the 2018 game was. It was a street fight marred by flags. It would take everything both teams had to make it to the end of the game. With 20 flags thrown in the game, it became a game in which the team that made the fewest mistakes would win. Roswell senior Joel Sanchez kicked a field goal to give the Coyotes a district title and help coach Jeff Lynn claim his first undefeated regular season. The team would stay undefeated and go on to defeat Los Lunas 25-19 for their second consecutive title. Here is the story of that pivotal 2019 contest.

Editor’s note: This story first ran in the Nov. 2, 2019 edition of the Roswell Daily Record.

This wasn’t a game for the faint of heart, and in the end, it is what got Roswell through to their second district title — and first undefeated championship — in the Jeff Lynn era. This game was not a beauty like last year’s game, it was marred by flag-fest.

There were enough flags thrown in the game for the referees to open a flag shop. It seemed like the referees broke the first rule of officiating when they interjected themselves into the game for both teams.

There were over 20 flags thrown on Goddard and over 12 on Roswell. Neither team could find a rhythm and there were long delays in the action without explanations. One of the longest pauses in the action was when Goddard coach Chris White came out onto the field and was arguing with an official for over 10 minutes. In the end, the referee picked up the flag — it was not enough to stop Roswell, as they defeated Goddard, 24-14, Friday night at the Wool Bowl.

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“It was a really good win,” Roswell coach Jeff Lynn said. “I really thought our defensive coaches went in at halftime and made a couple of tweaks and did a good job. Give our defensive coaches credit, they tweaked a few things and it made a difference in the second half.”

The game was hard-hitting, and there was a similarity to last year’s game when Roswell forced a turnover on downs and drove the length of the field. With a fourth down and nine yards to go at the Rockets 20-yard line, Roswell coach Jeff Lynn called a timeout and sent in Joel “Mr. Everything” Sanchez and he nailed a 31-yard field goal to put the Coyotes up 24-14 with 2:15 to play in the game.

Goddard received the ball back at the 35-yard line and was moving the ball, but ended up throwing an interception to Armando Silva with 44 seconds left in the game.

Once again, Roswell added a little something-something to their team’s uniforms, as they wrapped their helmets.

‘We are always going to do something special this game, every year,” Lynn said. “I want to send a shout-out to Pilar Carrasco for wrapping our helmets.”

Roswell looked like they were going to run away with the game when they came out and took the opening kickoff downfield, and Joel Renteria scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with Sanchez adding the PAT with 8:46 in the first quarter.

Goddard scored when Rion Lee ran a 35-yard toss sweep in the second quarter for a TD with 10:24. Goddard went for two points but was unsuccessful to make the score Roswell 7-6.

In the second half, Roswell went for an onside kick, but it was recovered by Goddard. Goddard recovered the ball at their 48-yard line. On the next play they fumbled the ball as the Coyotes recovered at Roswell’s 42-yard line.

Roswell used that to drive the to the Rockets’ two-yard line before Sanchez scored and added the PAT to give Roswell a 14-6 lead with 8:02 in the third quarter.

“I thought we had a good kick,” Lynn said. “It didn’t bounce our way, but right after that we got that turnover.”

Goddard wasn’t done as they were aided by a flag to keep their drive alive. On the next play Goddard quarterback Robert Aragon rolled out on fourth and goal from the 6-yard line. He would dive in for the score and Sammy Zaragoza ran up the middle for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14 with 1:24 in the third quarter.

Roswell came into the game ranked No. 1 and the showdown with No. 2-ranked Goddard was not what the fans expected.

The one thing that has made Roswell a special team this season from the very first game is: whenever they have been challenged by another team they have immediately come back and scored. Friday night was no different — after Goddard scored Roswell drove the field with a heavy dose of running on the legs of Renteria, and a lot of Reese, who ran up the middle and on a couple of jet sweeps. Reese scored on a 4-yard sweep with Sanchez adding the PAT to make the score 21-14 with 11:23 to play in the game.

For coach Lynn this is his first undefeated regular season crown — undefeated in the district in his seventh year. Roswell will have the No. 1 seed throughout the playoffs and earn a bye next week. This is the fifth consecutive win for Lynn over Goddard.

“This is the first time we’ve been a 3-0 district champ,” Lynn said. “We’re moving into the playoffs and it’s do or die. We’re going to celebrate this and take a couple of days off and heal up a little bit. We’ll hit the weight room Monday and start to regain our focus for the playoff run.”

Brackets are expected to be announced this weekend. Roswell has earned the No. 1 seed throughout.

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