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Goddard defeats Hobbs 30-27 in last-minute thriller

Goddard quarterback Noah Reese (22) runs behind a wall of blockers during the Rockets’ win over Hobbs Friday at the Wool Bowl. (Steve Notz Photo)

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The Goddard Rockets pulled off a comeback for the ages Friday night, thrilling the homecoming crowd gathered at the Wool Bowl by beating the visiting Hobbs Eagles in the final seconds of the game.

The Rockets were down four points to Hobbs with 2.5 seconds left in the contest, on the Eagles’ four yard-line, when quarterback Noah Reese pitched the ball right to Hector Salvarrey, who powered his way into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. The final: Goddard 30, Hobbs 27.

In a game that saw the lead change hands multiple times, Hobbs had taken a 27-23 lead with only 1:06 left in the fourth, forcing the Rockets to execute a “one-minute drill” to put themselves in position for the win.

The crowd erupted when the last-minute drive was capped by the touchdown run.

“That was two pretty good football teams I’m thinking,” coach Chris White said after the game. “Our kids just overcame a lot right there — ran a one-minute drill, ran it to win. That’s who we are. I thought the kids did a great job getting the ball down the field right there.

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“Hobbs was tough — they gave us all we could handle and more, so hats off to those guys too.”

The Rockets found themselves facing a deficit early in the contest after a Hobbs touchdown pass with 11:04 left in the first quarter made it 7-0, Hobbs. But Goddard would answer back in short order.

After the change of possession, the Rockets were facing a second and eight at midfield when a Javyn Morales run took the ball to the Hobbs four yard-line.

A couple of plays later, facing a second and goal on the two, Goddard signal caller Reese punched the ball in on a quarterback keeper to make it 7-7 with 9:03 remaining in the first.

A Hobbs rushing touchdown with 6:13 left in quarter, followed by an unsuccessful point-after attempt, left the score 13-7 in favor of the Eagles.

With the ball back, the Rockets eventually found themselves looking at a fourth and one on their own 46. Another keeper by Reese picked up the first down, but the drive would ultimately sputter on the Hobbs 17. A Goddard field goal try failed, leaving the score 13-7, Hobbs. That score would hold until the end of the first.

Hobbs failed to score on their next possession and gave the ball back to Goddard.

The Rockets marched downfield and Salvarrey capped the drive by running the ball into the end zone from the two. A successful two-point conversion made it 15-13, Goddard, the Rockets’ first lead of the evening. That was still the score as the teams walked off the field at half time.

Hobbs kicked off to the Rockets to begin the third. Morales returned the kick to the Goddard 32.

Goddard would eventually be forced to punt, however, and the Eagles made the most of the their next opportunity, scoring a touchdown at the 7:09 mark of the third, followed by a two-point conversion, to retake the lead, 21-15.

On their next possession a Hobbs penalty helped keep the Goddard drive alive. The Rockets had the ball fourth and four on the Hobbs 44 and were set to go for it when an offsides call against the Eagles gave Goddard a first down. The drive would culminate in the first score of the fourth quarter as Diego Nunez hauled in a TD pass from Reese to give Goddard back the lead, 23-21, after a successful two-point conversion.

Hobbs would score again at the 1:06 mark to make it 27-23, Eagles — and next came the Rockets’ last-minute drive and touchdown for the 30-27 final.

The Rockets (4-0) next face Los Lunas on Sept. 24, at Los Lunas.

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