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Coyotes earn first victory, beat Carlsbad 21-14

The Coyotes’ Sebastian Mendosa (2) sheds a Carlsbad tackler as he heads for the end zone in Carlsbad Friday night. (David Rocha Photo)

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The season-long maturation of the Roswell Coyotes football team began paying off Friday night as the squad notched its first win of the year on the road against Carlsbad, winning by a score of 21-14.

Roswell has one of the youngest teams this season that the program has fielded in years. But the group had gotten progressively better over the course of the first four games of 2021, showing improvement game by game. Their development was on display for fans in game number five as they defeated the Cavemen in Carlsbad Friday.

The teams played to a 0-0 tie in the first quarter, but the Coyotes outpaced the Cavemen in scoring in the second, scoring 21 points to Carlsbad’s 7. Carlsbad would find the end zone again in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Roswell held on for the 21-14 win.

Though it’s just one contest, and still early in the year, the victory was meaningful.

“We still didn’t play a focused four quarters, but the kids are growing up and we had good senior leadership tonight,” coach Jeff Lynn told the Roswell Daily Record after the game. “We just keep getting better and I’m really excited. This is what we needed — we needed a shot in the arm. We needed to see some benefits to what we’ve been doing.”

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The first score of Roswell’s breakout second quarter came at the 9:24 mark when Coyotes quarterback Rich Arreola ran for a score from the Carlsbad 28, which made it 7-0, Roswell. The defense would get into the act less than a minute later when the Coyotes’ Jorge Chavez scooped up a Carlsbad fumble — caused by Roswell’s Miguel Cabrales — and ran it in for a score at the 8:32 mark, making it 14-0. The team’s third trip into the end zone came on a touchdown strike from Arreola to Sebastian Mendosa with 1:09 left in the quarter.

Though the Coyotes have gotten off to a slow start this season, no one’s panicked, and the coaching staff has continued to emphasize to players that they’re practicing the right way and doing the right things. “Keep doing what you’re doing, keep getting better, and good things will happen,” Lynn said.

He added, “We’ve got another one next week that we need to go get.”

The Coyotes (1-4) are next scheduled to face Mayfield on Sept. 24 at the Wool Bowl.

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