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Farmington beats Roswell 42-6 at Wool Bowl

Roswell's Bryce Sanchez carries the ball during Friday's game against the Farmington Scorpions at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha Photo)

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The season-opening matchup between the Roswell Coyotes and the Farmington Scorpions Friday night at the Wool Bowl couldn’t have come soon enough for either team. After a lost Fall season in 2020 and abbreviated schedules in the Spring that left few coaches, players or fans satisfied, the kickoff of the 2021 season had been hotly anticipated.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the start Roswell fans were hoping for as the visiting Scorpions defeated the Coyotes 42-6 in front of a large crowd at the Wool Bowl.

The Coyotes entered 2021 with one of the youngest rosters they’ve had in years, something coach Jeff Lynn noted in the preseason and again after Friday’s game. “We’ve just got to continue to improve,” Lynn said. “What you saw tonight is a young football team. We had six turnovers and blocked kicks. That’s going to get you beat every time. We’ve just got to get better at everything.”

The teams exchanged punts throughout most of a fast-moving first quarter as neither could find their rhythm on offense. Eventually, it was the Scorpions who scored first by blocking one of Roswell’s punt attempts. The Coyotes were facing a fourth and nine on their own 18 yard line when they attempted the punt — Farmington blocked the attempt and fell on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown, giving the Scorpions a 7-0 lead with 3:21 remaining in the opening frame. That score would hold until the end of the quarter.

As the second quarter began, the Coyotes again found themselves in the shadow of their own goal post, this time facing a fourth and 21 — but the Coyotes’ punt sailed to midfield, providing a little breathing room. The Roswell defense stopped Farmington, forcing the Scorpions into a fourth and 10 on the Roswell 48.

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The Scorpions went for it on fourth down — but a Farmington pass down the sideline fell incomplete, allowing Roswell to take over at midfield. The Coyotes were unable to advance deep into Farmington territory, however, and the defensive struggle continued.

Farmington again broke the stalemate, driving deep into Coyote territory in the closing minutes of the second quarter and finding the end zone through the air. A TD pass with 2:52 left in the quarter gave the Scorpions a 14-0 lead heading into half time.

Things didn’t improve for Roswell in the third. After the Coyotes received the kickoff, the Scorpions’ defense intercepted a Roswell pass and then quickly capitalized with a touchdown strike, making it 21-0 Farmington with 9:57 left in the quarter.

The Scorpions found the end zone again at the 9:20 mark, giving Farmington a 28-0 lead, and stretched the lead to 35-0 with 6:34 left in the quarter. They’d add another touchdown in the fourth to make it 42-0. The Coyotes scored their only points of the evening when Rich Arreola found Josh Estrada in the end zone for a touchdown with 2:35 left in the game. The extra point was blocked, making for the 42-6 final.

Lynn, after the game, did see positives on defense, while saying there’s work to do on offense. “I thought we played pretty well defensively. We put our defense in some awful situations from an offensive standpoint. And we’ve got to get better offensively — we’ve got to find an identity on offense, we’ve got to find some things that we can do to move the ball. And that’s on me. That’s my side of the ball. I’ve got to do a better job and get these kids better.”

The Coyotes will travel to Lovington next week. Farmington hosts Belen.

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