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‘Dogs edged by Goddard, 21-14

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The most unusual statistics of Friday’s District 4-AAAA opener between Artesia and Goddard will likely cause every football fan in the state to do a double-take: passing yards for the Bulldogs, 86 … total completions, just five.

It is a rare day indeed that finds Artesia’s passing game sputtering, and on a night that saw the ‘Dogs turn both of their fourth-quarter possessions over on downs, it spelled the difference in a tight 21-14 loss to the Class 4A top-ranked Rockets.

An unfortunate breakdown on special teams led to Goddard’s go-ahead score with 2:51 to go in the third quarter at Bulldog Bowl, a 75-yard kickoff return by Rocket running back David Anaya that immediately followed Artesia’s second tying touchdown of the night.

The ‘Dogs would go three-and-out in their final series of the third but would get the ball back at the Goddard 49-yard line early in the fourth quarter after the Orange Crush defense held the Rockets on fourth-and-one. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

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