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Goddard falls to crosstown rival Roswell at Wool Bowl

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Goddard running back Javyn Morales goes 62 yards for a touchdown against Roswell at the Wool Bowl Friday night. (Steve Notz Photo)

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By Tom A. Ruiz
Special to RDR Sports

The crosstown rivalry contest between the Goddard Rockets and Roswell Coyotes came down to which team could best execute its game plan on Friday night.

The Coyotes, 2-1, used a healthy balance of running and passing the ball and came away with a 26-14 win at the Wool Bowl.

The Coyotes’ game plan was to control the clock and stay away from any turnovers — they did both.

“That’s a good football team (Goddard) over there and any time you can keep the football away from them your chances of winning are a whole lot better,” said Roswell coach Jeff Lynn.

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The Rockets, 2-1, were hampered by the loss of their field general, sophomore Adrian Solis, who was injured on the game’s first series on a vicious hit that sidelined him for the rest of the game.

Goddard coach Chris White was asked whether losing Solis made a difference in winning or losing the game.

“Bottom line is we didn’t execute very well. Give credit to the other team (Roswell), they were the better team, hats off to them,” said White.

The Rockets ran the ball well, but they just couldn’t find their vibe like they had in games against Lovington and Artesia, when they were unstoppable.

Roswell drew first blood on their third possession of the first quarter, but missed the two-point conversion and took a 6-0 lead. The Rockets followed with a nifty drive of their own.

Goddard capped off a 58-yard drive with a three-yard scat into the end zone by quarterback Elijah Quiroz, who replaced Solis.

A two-point conversion by Micah Cheatem gave Goddard their first and only lead, 8-6, with 16 seconds remaining in the the first quarter.

Goddard was just off all game long. They committed three uncharacteristic turnovers.

“There is just no way that we are going to win a game like that,” said White.

Trailing 8-6, Roswell scored right before the end of the first half when Zeke Gonzales found Alonzo Acosta on a fade route in the front corner of the end zone.

The Coyotes missed the two-point conversion and went into the locker room with a 12-8 lead.

Roswell also scored 14 unanswered points in the second half.

Goddard made things interesting though. In the fourth quarter, trailing 26-8, Javyn Morales ripped off a 62-yard touchdown run to cap a 62-yard drive. The extra point failed with 9:35 left in the game, rounding out the final score of 26-14.

Said Lynn after the game, “I was so super proud of our kids, after all we’ve been through in the program, we’ve lost brothers, we’ve lost mothers, we’ve lost uncles. Our program has been hit by this whole thing (COVID-19) and then we were able to overcome tonight.”

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