Roswell loses opener

The highs and lows of being a high school coach was never more apparent than on Friday night. Roswell Coyote coach Jeff Lynn suffered a 42-6 loss to the Farmington Scorpions Friday night at the Wool Bowl. The life of a coach. Maybe in the back of Lynn’s mind, he is thinking, if this was last year or two years ago, the results would probably be different. But it is not, and it is what it is. This is the hand Lynn has been dealt. 

The reigning back-to-back 2018-’19 state champions were treated rudely by the visiting Scorpions. Roswell had six turnovers and the game seemed to change on a blocked punt in the first quarter. Roswell is young and it showed. This team is going to be a good football team and playing against the No.5 ranked team in the state will help their development. 

“I thought we played good enough to win defensively,” Roswell coach Jeff Lynn said. “We just turned the ball over six times and had two blocked kicks. That’s the sign of a young football team.

This is the first time in eight meetings that Farmington has beaten Roswell. In fact, it seemed that the Scorpions seemed to take delight in beating Roswell. Given the fact that they kept throwing the ball with the game well in hand with less than three minutes to play.

This is the sixth consecutive win for Farmington dating back to the spring. This game was originally slated to be the home opener for both teams last year before COVID-19 changed everything. 

Farmington was able to hold the vaunted Coyotes’ running game in check. The Scorpions defense was ever opportunistic by forcing a fumble for a score in the end zone and turned a 14-0 lead at halftime into 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to put the game away. 

“Our defense showed up tonight,” Scorpions coach Jeff Dalton said. “They did almost as much scoring as our offense did.”

Dalton said his defensive backs blocked the Coyotes’ receivers and the defensive line kept Roswell from running the ball. 

This is a game that needs no one pointing fingers. It could be that it was the first game of the season, or that they are a young team and will need games like this to season them for the three important games in district and the playoff run. It is important that there is no panic on a team that have a lot of kids making their first start of the season. 

There is a lot of football left to be played. In fact, there are nine more games and the best the Coyotes can do is get back on the practice field and have a good week of practice and play lights out on Friday against another explosive offense in Lovington. 

The last time these two team met, it was an offensive fireworks display. That game saw the Coyotes score on an interception, punt return, kickoff return and in the end outlast the feisty Wildcats team, 76-54. It remains to be seen if Roswell has that kind of explosiveness they have had the last three years, or if Farmington is better than their No.5 ranking. 

“It’s important not to push the panic button after the first game,” Lynn said. “It’s a long season ahead of us, so we have to keep getting better and do what we have to do.”

Roswell will travel to Lovington Friday night for a 7 p.m., game at Brian Urlacher Stadium.