ROSWELL — Bring on the District 4-3A schedule.
Portales passed its final tuneup before district play Friday night, getting 286 yards rushing and four touchdowns from junior Jesus Davalos and turning back Roswell High 33-24 at the Wool Bowl.
The Rams (5-2), who play at Lovington next week in their district opener, scored on their first two plays from scrimmage in a high-scoring opening stanza — a 75-yard pass from Michael Trujillo to Brandon Adkins and an 80-yard run by Davalos.
Still, they needed touchdown runs of 8 and 5 yards by Davalos in the second half to overcome the Coyotes (2-6).
“They’re so big and physical,” Rams coach Andy Correll said of the Coyotes. “We struggled early on defense against them.”
Correll said the defense was on the field a long time in the game, primarily because the Rams scored so quickly early in the game.
Portales settled down after halftime, though, allowing only a 42-yard field goal by Andres Bustos in the third quarter that staked Roswell High to a 24-20 lead.
“We gave them a short field twice in the second half,” Correll said. “Our defense rose up and stopped them both times. The defense just played extremely well in the second half.”
Davalos scored to put the Rams back in front on their next possession, and his other TD salted the game away with 1:29 left.
Senior quarterback Andrew Jolliff threw three first-half TD passes for the Coyotes, including a 27-yarder to senior wideout Lionel Zamarripa with 27 seconds left in the half to give Roswell High a 21-20 lead at the break.
Davalos had a 22-yard TD run late in the first quarter to put the Rams up 20-14.
Portales finished with a 423-344 margin in total offense, with Trujillo completing 8-of-13 passes for 146 yards.