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Goddard falls to Artesia; district record stands at 1-1

Steve Notz Photo Goddard's Noah Reese (22) runs with the ball against Artesia at the Bulldog Bowl in Artesia Friday night. Artesia won the game 35-21.

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If it seems to Goddard fans as if the Rockets have been on the road for a month, it’s because they have, more or less. They haven’t played at the Wool Bowl since a Sept. 17 game against Hobbs. And the three games on their schedule since then — Oct. 1 was their bye — have included the start of district play, some of the most crucial games of the year.

“We knew that going in,” coach Chris White said of the schedule. “It is what it is.”

It’s been a tough stretch and it didn’t get any easier on Friday night. The Rockets (5-3, 1-1) lost to the Artesia Bulldogs (6-3, 1-1) in Artesia Friday night by a score of 35-21.

For both teams, it was the second district game of the season and after the final seconds of the fourth quarter had ticked off the clock, each team had a district record of 1-1.

The score was tied 7-7 after one quarter of play Friday, with the Rockets’ first touchdown coming on a long run by quarterback Noah Reese with 52 seconds left in the quarter.

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Until the final minutes of the first half, the teams engaged in a defensive struggle, with neither able to break through again.

A Goddard touchdown — on another run by Reese — with under two minutes left in the half, followed by an unsuccessful point after, made it 13-7 Rockets. Artesia scored with six seconds left in the half to take a 14-13 lead into the locker room.

The Bulldogs would add another touchdown in the third while holding Goddard scoreless.

In the fourth, the Rockets added eight points on a touchdown pass with 1:51 remaining in the game, followed by a successful two-point conversion. But it wouldn’t be enough as Artesia found the end zone twice in the quarter for the 35-21 final.

“They definitely outplayed us, no doubt about that,” White said. “They’re a good team and we really didn’t execute real well in some places. The kids sure played hard, they always do that.”

Artesia hosts Alamogordo (2-7, 0-2) next week. The Rockets will square off against Roswell (4-5, 2-0) at the Wool Bowl on Friday night to end their regular season.

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