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Coyotes notch second consecutive win Friday night

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The Coyotes' Jorge Chavez (7) runs the ball into the end zone against the Trojans at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha Photo)

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The Roswell Coyotes are heading into their bye week on a two-game winning streak after following up their win against Carlsbad last week with a homecoming victory against the Mayfield Trojans Friday night at the Wool Bowl, 29-21. The win improved the Coyotes’ record on the season to 2-4.

A big part of the Coyotes’ storyline in 2021 has been their relative youth. They came into the season without a lot of seniors on the roster and needing game experience. As they’ve gained that experience, the improvement week over week has been noticeable, finally paying off for the players, coaches and fans in last week’s win at Carlsbad.

The improvement continued against Mayfield as the team built an early lead thanks to what coach Jeff Lynn described as a solid half of Coyote football.

“We just kind of keep getting better,” Lynn said after the contest played in front of a large homecoming crowd. “There’s some lessons that we need to learn. We still turned the ball over too much. Offensively, we really didn’t do a whole lot the second half — but the first half was how we play Coyote football. We got a half of Coyote football and I feel good about that. We’ve still got some lessons and some things we need to learn, but to start 0-4 and then win the two straight going into bye, we can’t ask for anything more right now.”

Roswell jumped out to an early lead when quarterback Rich Arreola ran the ball in for a touchdown in the first quarter. A Mayfield touchdown pass later in the first tied the game 7-7, and a pick-six by the Trojans in the second swung momentum momentarily in their favor, making it 14-7, Mayfield. But a Bryce Sanchez touchdown run later in the second would tie the game 14-14.

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Special teams played a crucial role. Following their scoring drive, Roswell would get the ball back thanks to recovery of an onside kick and march downfield for another score, making it 21-14 at the 7:01 mark of the second quarter. A blocked punt run in for a score with 4:02 left in the half, followed by an unsuccessful point-after attempt, extended the Coyotes’ lead to 27-14.

With time running out in the half, a penalty against Mayfield for grounding the ball in the end zone resulted in a safety, making it Roswell 29, Mayfield 14.

The Trojans would add another touchdown in the fourth quarter for the 29-21 final.

The Coyotes are next scheduled to play on the road against Dumas, Texas on Oct. 8, and after that begin district play. They will match up against Artesia on Oct. 15 in Roswell, and Alamogordo on Oct. 22, also at home; then finish off the season against crosstown rivals the Goddard Rockets on Oct. 29 at the Wool Bowl.

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