ROSWELL — An ominous sign it was for the Portales Rams when Goddard ran its first offensive play from scrimmage on Friday night. Usually reserved for short down-and-distance situations, the quarterback sneak was used at the Portales 35-yard line and Rockets’ starting quarterback Jeromy Burrola pushed forward for 7 yards.
Clearly, Goddard (3-2) was willing to run right through the visiting Rams at the Wool Bowl in Roswell if necessary. The Rockets did just that and more in running away with a 46-7 victory over Portales (1-4).
Goddard, which will play at Clovis next weekend, stymied the Rams on the visitors’ first possession and got the ball back in ideal field position at the Portales 35. Six plays later the Rockets punched the ball in via a 10-yard run by Greg Ramirez.
On its second possession, Ramirez capped another scoring drive with a 16-yard run as Goddard went up 14-0.
While the home team continued to assail the Portales defense, the Rams’ offense sputtered. In its first four series, Portales had a total of three yards. It was the second straight game in which junior Jeffery Collins got the start at quarterback for the Rams.
The Rockets moved ahead by three touchdowns when a familiar face came back in for the defending Class 4A state champs. Goddard quarterback David Vega, who missed last week’s victory over Rio Rancho, scored from 1 yard out for a 20-0 lead.
Before intermission, the Rockets reached paydirt two more times: on a 58-yard interception and return by Idris Lytle and a 10-yard run by David Anaya.
The lone Portales touchdown came after Goddard, which used four quarterbacks, extended the lead to 39-0 on a 58-yard pass from Said Fuentes to Josue Macias early in the second half. The Rams scored in a fourth-and-goal situation with Collins hitting Brandon Lovato for a 5-yard TD strike.
Portales has a bye next week and will be back in action against St. Michael’s on Oct. 10 in Santa Fe.