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Roswell beats Alamogordo 48-17, improves to 2-0 in district

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David Rocha Photo The Coyotes' Josh Estrada (30) speeds away from an Alamogordo defender Thursday night at the Wool Bowl. Roswell defeated Alamogordo 48-17.

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All season long there’s been no quit in the Roswell Coyotes. It’s been an uphill battle from week one: They came into the 2021 campaign lacking in experience and facing a tough schedule.

Every season is a journey, sure — but not every journey goes in the direction it’s supposed to. Roswell’s has. The Coyotes improved their district record to 2-0 with a 48-17 win over the Alamogordo Tigers Thursday night at the Wool Bowl.

From 0-4 to begin the season to 2-0 in district, 2021 has been quite a ride. Roswell coach Jeff Lynn expressed pride after Thursday’s game in the way his players have fought through the season’s challenges to get where they are.

“When we were 0-4 we kept talking to them, telling them all our goals are still attainable,” he said. “Super proud of these kids’ heart and the way they’ve battled and the way they’ve stayed together.”

The Coyotes simply ran away from Alamogordo at the Wool Bowl Thursday, building a 14-0 first quarter lead thanks to touchdown runs by quarterback Rich Arreola and running back Bryce Sanchez. In the second quarter Arreola found Josh Estrada for a touchdown strike, making it 21-0 — and later in the quarter, running back Jonah Gamboa carried the ball into the end zone to give the Coyotes a 28-0 lead with 6:37 remaining in the second.

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With 2:10 left in the quarter Alamogordo would find the end zone, making it 28-7 as the teams headed to their respective locker rooms at half time.

Early in the third, Arreola hit Sebastian Mendoza with a touchdown pass, followed by a failed extra point attempt, making it 34-7, a score that would hold until the end of the third quarter.

At the 9:23 mark in the fourth quarter an Estrada touchdown increased the Coyotes’ lead to 41-7, and a few minutes later the Tigers would find the end zone for the second time Thursday evening, making it 41-14, Roswell. The Coyotes would add another touchdown in the fourth and the Tigers, with only seven seconds left in the game, kicked a field goal, making for the 48-17 final.

Alamogordo (2-7, 0-2) is scheduled to end their regular season next week in Artesia. The Coyotes’ remaining regular season game is the one everyone in Roswell’s been looking forward to all year, versus crosstown rivals the Goddard Rockets at the Wool Bowl. That one’s set for Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

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