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Goddard suffers first loss of the season at Los Lunas

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The Rockets and Tigers fight for a loose ball during Friday's contest in Los Lunas. (Steve Notz Photo)

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Something had to give in the matchup of unbeatens Friday night between the Goddard Rockets, who entered the contest 4-0, and the Los Lunas Tigers, who were 5-0 before the game. Ultimately, the Tigers won a close, hard-fought battle on their home field, coming away with a 17-14 victory over the Rockets in Los Lunas.

Goddard was coming off an emotional, come-from-behind homecoming win over Hobbs the previous week at the Wool Bowl. That game saw the Rockets make big plays on offense when they needed them, including in the final minute of the game when they had to battle both Hobbs and the clock as they drove downfield for a go-ahead score in the final seconds.

This week, however, there wouldn’t be a thrilling comeback. The Rockets played tough defense, holding the Tigers to their lowest point total of the season. Los Lunas had won their previous five contests by scores of 42-0, 50-0, 42-13, 35-20 and 26-19. But ultimately, Goddard couldn’t put enough points on the board to take advantage.

“I thought the kids’ effort was good for sure, and in places maybe our execution wasn’t as good as it could have been,” Rockets coach Chris White said after the game.

“Defensively, I thought the kids played outstanding football. We gave up a couple of big plays but overall, the defense, we did a really good job of kind of keeping them in check. We just needed to execute a little better and I needed to call some better plays.”

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The Tigers scored first in the contest, taking an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter, a score that would hold until the teams walked off the field at half time after a scoreless second period. The Rockets and the Tigers would each score a touchdown in the third quarter, making it 14-7, Los Lunas, after three. A Goddard touchdown in the fourth pulled the teams even at 14, but a Tigers field goal in the final period was enough to secure the 17-14 win for Los Lunas.

The Rockets (4-1) now enter their bye week. Their next scheduled contest is an away game on Oct. 8 against the Mayfield (Las Cruces) Trojans before getting into district play. The Trojans’ record stands at 2-4 after they lost to the Roswell Coyotes at the Wool Bowl Friday night. After Mayfield, the Rockets are at Alamogordo on Oct. 15, at Artesia on Oct. 22, then back at the Wool Bowl Oct. 29 to face crosstown rivals Roswell.

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