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Rockets host Hobbs; Coyotes in Carlsbad

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In this file photo, Roswell’s Jonah Gamboa (9) runs toward a Los Lunas defender during last week’s game at the Wool Bowl. Roswell is on the road against Carlsbad tonight. (David Rocha Photo)

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The 3-0 Goddard Rockets, after traveling to Texas for last week’s game, return to the friendly confines of the Wool Bowl Friday night to face a 3-1 Hobbs Eagles squad coming off a decisive win in its last game. The Eagles last week defeated Lovington 46-0 in Hobbs.

Prior to last week’s game, Hobbs had beaten Clovis 21-0, lost to Artesia 27-14 and beaten Roswell 14-0. Maxpreps had them ranked eighth in 6A.

Goddard last week improved their record to 3-0 with a 36-14 win over the Austin Panthers in El Paso, Texas. That game saw the Rockets face a hard-nosed team that plays a style of football coach Chris White described as similar to Goddard’s. Keys to the game included big plays by the Rockets’ Javyn Morales and solid play by the offensive line.

The Goddard defense, meanwhile, held a good football team to only 14 points on their home field — and pitched a shutout when it mattered most, holding the Panthers scoreless in the contest’s pivotal fourth quarter.

All season the Rockets have used some combination of the formula they found success with last week: a tough running game, stingy defense and big plays on offense and on special teams. That’s led them to wins over Carlsbad (24-7) and Deming (49-6) as well as Austin/El Paso.

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Goddard is the top-ranked squad in 5A this week. Their home game against Hobbs is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.

Roswell (0-4) is on the road against Carlsbad (2-1) this week as the young Coyotes continue to improve game by game. In last week’s home loss against Los Lunas, the Coyotes’ offense and defense showed marked improvement over past games and seemed on the cusp of breaking through at various points in the contest. Coach Jeff Lynn remarked after the game that the Coyotes have played a tough schedule with a less experienced squad than they’ve fielded in recent years. But he’s seeing improvement as the team matures. “The youngsters are growing, they’re taking steps every week,” Lynn said. “They continue to improve. We’re going to be there in the end, mark my words.” Roswell at Carlsbad kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Dexter Demons, sitting at 1-1 on the season, are scheduled to travel to Eunice Friday evening for a 7 p.m. contest against the 2-1 Cardinals. Eunice opened their season with a 35-0 loss to Raton — but bounced back in the ensuing weeks, scoring 50-plus points in their past two contests, both wins: 59-8 over Estancia and 54-6 over Hot Springs (Truth or Consequences).

The Demons beat Santa Rosa to open their season then lost to Texico before seeing their scheduled game against Hagerman canceled due to the Hagerman district’s brief return to remote learning as a COVID precaution.

Gateway (3-0) is scheduled to play Friday at Mountainair (0-2) at 7 p.m. The NMMI Colts (2-1) are set to travel to Hot Springs (2-2) Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff; and the NMMI Broncos (2-0) will travel to Corsicana, Texas to play Navarro College Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Artesia (3-1) hosts Cleveland (4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.

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