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Caveman Battle

LOCAL 9-17-21 Cavemen battle CoyotesCavemen battle Roswell CoyotesThe Cavemen football team hopes to take another giant step tonight (Sept. 17) in their quest to earn a spot in this year's state playoffs. The Blue Bunch, who upped their season record to 2-1 after shutting out the El Paso Coronado Thunderbirds 19-0 last week, will entertain the Roswell Coyotes. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Ralph Bowyer Caveman Stadium and large a crowd of Carlsbad High School fans is expected to be on hand in support.As for the Coyotes, following last week's 35-20 loss to Los Lunas, they'll take the field at 0-4.But the Cavemen won't be fooled by Roswell's 0-4 start. The four teams the Coyotes have fallen victim to havea combined record of 14-2. Two of those losses came via the 3-1 Hobbs Eagles (14-0) and the 3-1 Lovington Wildcats (31-25)."Roswell has played some good football teams this year, one of the reasons they're off to an 0-4 start." said Caveman head coach Gary Bradley. "But they're tough, well coached, play great defense and barring our COVID season last year, they've won the state championship for the past two years. We expect them to bring a good ball club to Carlsbad tonight."Last week's victory over Coronado has Carlsbad High's confidence level riding high.The Cavemen, after holding a slim 6-0 lead at the half, dominated the final two quarters of play in their 19-0 victory over the T-Birds.Carlsbad rambled for 373 total yards of offense while holding the Thunderbirds to just 162 on their way to the win. Jesse Rodriguez led the Cavemen assault rushing for 174 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. One of those runs went for 56 yards to set up the Cavemen's first score. Quarterback Dane Naylor, on runs of one and two yards, scored twice. (Stats by Maxpreps)"Our offense got off to sloppy start in our win over Coronado. But our defense did a great job of keeping the Thunderbirds in check until our offense got going," said Bradley. "It's always a good thing though, when your not playing your best, if you can still manage to tough out a win. Especially if that win turns out to be a shutout victory."The Cavemen's defensive effort was highlighted by an Izaiha Saiz interception and

fumble recoveries by Jesse Rodriguez and Chris Serna. (Maxpreps)The Cavemen will enter tonight's game as the 9th ranked prep football team in New Mexico and 6th in Class 6A.Roswell High comes in as New Mexico's 22nd ranked team, and despite being 0-4, 7th among Class 5A teams

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