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Roswell hosts Mayfield; Goddard at Los Lunas

Roswell’s Jorge Chavez (7) runs a fumble into the end zone for a touchdown against Carlsbad Sept. 17. The Coyotes host Mayfield at the Wool Bowl this evening. (David Rocha Photo)

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Coming off their first win of the season, the Roswell Coyotes (1-4) will host the Mayfield (Las Cruces) Trojans (2-3) Friday night at the Wool Bowl in Roswell. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Coyotes found their footing last week against Carlsbad, beating the Cavemen on the road, 21-14. All the team’s points came in a breakout second quarter when they found the end zone on a run by the quarterback; a fumble recovery that was picked up by the Roswell defense and run in for a touchdown; and a touchdown pass.

Head coach Jeff Lynn said after the game that though this was just one contest, the victory was a “shot in the arm” for a young team that’s practiced and played hard but had not yet seen it pay off.

“We still didn’t play a focused four quarters, but the kids are growing up and we had good senior leadership tonight,” Lynn said after the Carlsbad 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.”

Lynn noted after the Carlsbad game that there was another game upcoming, which the Coyotes needed to go out and get ready to play — and tonight it arrives, versus the Trojans. Mayfield enters the contest having won games and lost games by wide margins so far this year. They started the season beating Manzano (Albuquerque) 40-13, then played a close one, losing to Eldorado (Albuquerque) 28-21. In the weeks since they’ve beaten Organ Mountain (Las Cruces) 47-10, lost to Centennial (Las Cruces) 56-23 and lost to the Las Cruces Bulldawgs 35-14.

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After tonight’s game against the Trojans, the Coyotes are next scheduled to play at Dumas, Texas on Oct. 8 before returning to New Mexico to face a string of district opponents to close the season.

Goddard quarterback Noah Reese (22) slings a pass to Diego Nunez (11) versus Hobbs last week. The Rockets travel to take on Los Lunas this Friday. (Steve Notz Photo)

The Goddard Rockets (4-0), fresh off an amazing comeback win over the Hobbs Eagles last week at the Wool Bowl, go on the road this week to face 5-0 Los Lunas. The game begins at 7 p.m.

In terms of excitement, it will be hard for Goddard or any other team this season to top the conclusion of the Hobbs game. The Rockets — with 1:06 left in the contest and facing a four-point deficit, 27-23 — executed a “one-minute drill” to drive downfield and punch the ball in for the winning touchdown with 2.5 seconds left on the clock. “That’s who we are” Rockets coach Chris White said after the last-minute, 30-27 victory. “I thought the kids did a great job getting the ball down the field right there.”

The game was a back-and-forth affair, the lead changing hands multiple times throughout. Goddard retook the lead each time playing the way they have all season: a hard-to-stop ground game, tough defense and big plays when the Rockets have needed them, from multiple players across the offense, defense and special teams.

Los Lunas, meanwhile, has also been on a roll in 2021. The Tigers have beaten Piedra Vista 42-0, Alamogordo 50-0, West Mesa (Albuquerque) 42-13, Roswell 35-20, and Cibola (Albuquerque) 26-19.

After tonight’s game, the Rockets’ schedule shows them next playing at Mayfield Oct. 8 before getting into district play.

In other games, the Dexter Demons (1-2) are scheduled to play at Cobre (1-4). Originally scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m., the game was rescheduled to Saturday at 2 p.m., according to a Sept. 20 post on the Dexter Schools’ Facebook page. The scheduled contest between Hagerman (2-1) and Tularosa has been canceled, according to a post on the Hagerman Schools’ Facebook page. The New Mexico Military Institute Colts (3-1) host Loving (0-5) Friday at 7 p.m. Maxpreps on Thursday showed Gateway (3-0) hosting Lake Arthur at 7 p.m. Friday. Artesia (3-2) will play a 7 p.m. home game against Lovington (3-2) Friday. The NMMI Broncos Saturday host Kilgore College at the Wool Bowl at 6 p.m.

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