Roswell’s Daniel Sosa levels a Hobbs defender with a stiff arm Friday at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha Photo)
For the first time in 16 years, the Roswell football team has beaten Hobbs. The Coyotes accomplished the feat with a 42-37 victory Friday night at the Wool Bowl.
“We hadn’t done it in a while around here,” Coyotes’ coach Jeff Lynn said. “It was brought to my attention (Thursday) during our radio pregame that we hadn’t beaten (Hobbs) in 16 years. We have talked to this group about leaving their mark and this is a good win. Anytime you can get that kind of monkey off your back and beat somebody you haven’t beat in a while, that is a good win.”
Daniel Sosa, one of the Coyotes standouts Friday was stoked with the win.
“(The win) feels good,” Sosa said. “For 16 years we hadn’t beat Hobbs. The guys in the locker [auth] room are really excited. I am excited and coach is excited. It feels good.”
Hobbs scored first and lead 10-6 after the first quarter, but the Coyotes were able to get a pair of touchdowns early in the second quarter to take the lead. Roswell went out in front 12-10 when Alfonzo Sanchez found the end zone on a two-yard run. The Coyotes then extended their lead to 20-10 when Cyan Mendoza caught a 25-yard pass from Kyser Bear with 6:41 left in the half.
While Hobbs would cut the Coyotes’ lead to three points two minutes later, Roswell found the end zone again right before halftime one a 21-yard run from Joaquin Nieto, taking a 26-17 lead into the break.
Hobbs cut the Coyotes’ lead to two points, 26-24, late in the third quarter, but the Coyotes were quick to answer, scoring on the very first play on the ensuing drive. Bear found Sosa and the pair hooked up for a 77-yard touchdown strike.
“That pass, I was wide open,” Sosa said. “It is a good play. I go motion and nobody really covers it and our line was just doing a really good job blocking, giving me an outside lane to work with.”
Roswell extended its lead to 42-24 midway through the fourth quarter when Sosa scored on a six-yard rushing play. That would be the Coyotes’ final score of the night.
Hobbs cut into Roswell’s lead, scoring twice before time expired, but the Coyotes were able to hold on for the win.
The Coyotes had pressure on the Eagles quarterback all night, forcing several throw-aways and picking up seven sacks.
“Our defense played a heck of a game,” Lynn said. “The game plan was kind of going in and get after their quarterback and I thought we were able to do that.”
Sosa led the Coyotes with 116 yards receiving and 159 yards rushing. Sosa scored once on the ground and once through the air. Bear finished the night with 188 yards passing and three touchdowns.
The Coyotes had seven different players carry the ball while racking up 362 yards on the ground. Through the air, Roswell had four different receivers make catches. Five players accounted for the Coyotes six touchdowns.
“That is kind of our M.O.” Lynn said. “We kind of move the ball around and let different people touch it. We definitely don’t want them to be able to focus on any one of our guys.”
With the win, Roswell improves to 3-0 on the season while Hobbs falls to 0-3. Next up for the Coyotes is a road trip to Los Lunas. Like the Coyotes, the Tigers are 3-0.