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Roswell dominates Goddard for sixth-straight rivalry win

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Roswell's Talon Sanders scores from 3 yards out to give the Coyotes a 26-8 lead early in the fourth quarter at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha Photo)

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Even many loyal Coyote fans gave the team little chance of being competitive in Friday night’s game against Goddard, much less winning against their crosstown rivals after the drubbing Roswell suffered at the hands of Artesia a week ago.

But Roswell continued their dominance of the rivalry that’s been lopsided of late, winning 26-14.

Roswell head coach Jeff Lynn has now beaten Goddard in six consecutive games and is undefeated against Goddard head coach Chris White in the last five of those contests.

Lynn said the loss to Artesia last week might have been the best thing to happen to his team. He said sometimes a team needs to be humbled, and that is what happened to the Coyotes last week.

“I’m not sure,” Lynn said, “if we had won that game last week if we would have won this game. Last week was a tough week, but this is a bounce-back week.”

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Roswell (2-1) came out and deferred the kickoff to the second half. On the first series of the game, wiry defensive back Talon Sanders laid a devastating hit on Goddard quarterback Adrian Solis, knocking him out of the game.

“We just wanted to bounce back from last week,” Sanders said. “People started to forget who they have been playing for the past five years. We just had to remind them.  I wanted to hit somebody and set the tone.”

Sanders said one loss doesn’t change who the Coyotes are. This week they were running through people, not around people.

Sanders’ hit set the tone for how the game was going to be played. Roswell played well enough on offense, scoring and being opportunistic on defense to force three turnovers. They converted on two of them on their way to Friday night’s victory at the Wool Bowl.

“Good, good,” Lynn said after beating Goddard for the sixth consecutive time. “This was a different feeling going into the game tonight than it has been. I think everybody thought they were the favorites going in, and so, you get the Coyotes back against the wall, and they come out. I’m super proud of our kids and our program tonight.”

Losing their quarterback might have hurt the Rockets, but the most costly mistake for them on the night was when Goddard had the ball on their own 16-yard line with 1:28 to go before halftime.

Goddard (2-1) was leading 8-6 at the time when they threw the ball for incompletions on all three downs. Lynn called a timeout with 39.6 seconds left to go in the half. When Goddard punted the ball, it was partially blocked by Sanders. The Coyotes recovered the ball on Goddard’s 29-yard line.

Roswell would score on a fourth and 10 as Coyote quarterback Zeke Gonzales found receiver Alonzo Acosta on a 10-yard out-route, giving Roswell a 12-8 lead with 24.7 seconds to play in the half. Goddard tried to rally but was intercepted by T.J. Fletcher.

With it being anyone’s game, Roswell took command in the third quarter. The Coyotes drove the ball down the field and took over six minutes off the clock. Roswell converted on two fourth-down plays, and Gonzales ended up throwing a 16-yard TD pass to running back Jonah Gamboa to cap a 60-yard drive.

Roswell found senior Jaden Valenzuela in the end zone for a two-point conversion to give Roswell a 20-8 lead with 5:39 left in the third quarter.

Goddard had the ball only once in the third quarter, and Roswell used ball-control sweeps to take time off the clock. Roswell would run their counter play to “Fast” Freddy Anaya and pick up key first downs when Roswell needed them. In the fourth quarter, Talon Sanders scored from 3 yards out to give the Coyotes a 26-8 lead with 9:54 to play in the game.

It looked like the game might be over with, but on the first play from scrimmage, Javyn Morales would take a handoff and go 62 yards for a Rocket touchdown, making the score 26-14 with 9:35 to play in the game.

Both teams have a Bowl game to play next week — opponents are unknown. One of the classiest moves and displays of sportsmanship was Goddard senior Larry Luna coming over to shake hands with the Roswell coaches and players after the game.

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