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Goddard Rockets win big in Alamogordo, 49-0

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The Goddard Rockets' Jon Silva carries the ball against the Alamogordo Tigers Thursday night in Alamogordo. Goddard won 49-0. (Steve Notz Photo)

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The Goddard Rockets made a statement Friday night in Alamogordo as they began a series of district games with a win over the Alamogordo Tigers, 49-0.

“Our district is always a dog fight, so the first one’s always big and you just go from there,” coach Chris White said after the game. “You don’t want to start district in a hole, that’s for sure.

“I was proud of the kids’ effort. You can always find things you can do better, but overall the kids played hard.”

The Rockets jumped out to an early lead in the game and never looked back.

The contest’s first score came on a run by quarterback Noah Reese with 3:34 left in the first quarter, after which the point-after attempt failed, leaving it 6-0, Goddard. Later in the first, the Rockets extended their lead by six points on a carry into the end zone by running back Hector Salvarrey.

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The two-point conversion attempt after the touchdown was no good, making it 12-0 with 1:06 left in the opening quarter.

In the second quarter, a touchdown run by Adrian Solis — along with a touchdown pass from Reese to Elijah Romero — built a 28-0 lead Goddard would carry into the locker room at the half.

A pair of two-point conversions along the way made up for earlier attempts at points-after that came up short, giving the Rockets a solid four-touchdown advantage.

It was more than they would need as the Rockets’ defense put the clamps on Alamogordo early and held them scoreless throughout the remainder of the contest. “They got after it, for sure,” White said of the defensive effort.

The Rockets would add to their lead after half time with touchdown runs by Jon Silva and Salvarrey in the third and Ricardo Quinones in the fourth.

Despite the win, White saw a number of things the team needs to work on in the days ahead.

“The main thing we’ve got to do better is cut the turnovers and clean up our blocking schemes — get on blocks, stay on blocks and take better care of the football. That’s number-one what we’re going to go and work on.”

Thursday’s win improves the Rockets’ record on the season to 5-2 as they begin preparing for an away game next week against Artesia. Alamogordo drops to 2-6 on the year. They play Roswell on Oct. 22.

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