The stage is set for a gridiron battle as the Goddard Rockets take on the Artesia Bulldogs in a time-honored rivalry that began in 1965. On October 20, 2023, the atmosphere at Bulldog Bowl in New Mexico will be electric as these two powerhouse teams clash once again. This highly anticipated matchup is a highlight of the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, showcasing the best high school football rivalries across the nation.

Founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, Rick Ford, spoke about the significance of the game, stating, “The Goddard vs Artesia rivalry is a true testament to the passion and tradition of high school football. This matchup has stood the test of time and continues to ignite the enthusiasm of fans. We are thrilled to include it in our 20th season.”

With an all-time series record of 39-21-1 in favor of the Artesia Bulldogs, the Rockets of Goddard are no strangers to the uphill battle they face. However, when it comes to this historic rivalry, past records hold little significance on game day. Both teams will be fueled by a burning desire to claim bragging rights and etch their names into the history of this storied matchup.

The Bulldog Bowl will serve as the backdrop for this intense showdown, with a passionate crowd of 7,000 fans ready to create an electric atmosphere. The energy from the stands will reverberate through the stadium, driving both teams to deliver their best performances.

In their last conference encounter, Artesia emerged victorious with a commanding 55-20 win over Goddard. However, the Rockets have had ample time to regroup, analyze, and strategize for their shot at redemption. They will be hungry to avenge their previous defeat and prove their mettle on the grand stage.

As the Goddard Rockets and the Artesia Bulldogs prepare to renew their time-honored rivalry, the anticipation is palpable. The tradition, passion, and intensity surrounding this matchup are unrivaled. The Bulldog Bowl will bear witness to the triumphs, heartaches, and relentless determination of both teams.

Friday nights in New Mexico come alive with the spirit of high school football, and the Goddard vs Artesia rivalry epitomizes that fervor. The community unites, the bands play, and the cheers resound through the night. It’s a reminder that, in this town, football reigns supreme.

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Carson Troost


Carson is involved in multiple activities at Artesia High School. He currently is a starting offensive lineman for the Bulldog Varsity Football team and performs with Artesia High School Show choir at different events. Carson is also an officer for the National Honor Society and will be putting on the Variety Show in the winter. In the spring, he is a member of the Artesia High School Golf team. Carson plans to attend either Wayland Baptist University or Colorado Christian and study music education.
Sebastian Bills


Sebastian Bills has achieved high academic honors throughout high school and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is also involved in extracurricular activities such as serving as the social chairperson for the student council, participating in football and track as a student-athlete, and being involved with his LDS Church.


[Yesterday 11:58 PM] Joshua Plasencia On this edition of the Bulldog Bowl, we had the Artesia Bulldogs line up against the Goddard Rockets here on this Friday night in Artesia, New Mexico. What a game this was as Artesia’s offense was firing on all cylinders in this game. The Bulldogs took an early lead on a 20-yard diving catch in the endzone to take them up 6-0. Artesia would quickly get the ball back and score again with a 20-yard run making it 12-0. This bulldog offense was hungry for more as they put a strong drive together to score on first and 10 and completed the two-point conversion making it a 20-0 game. Artesia would keep applying pressure as QB Nye Estrada drops a dime in the endzone and completes another two-point conversion making it 28-0 Bulldogs. Let’s not forget about the Bulldog’s defense as #20 Phillip Finely gets his THIRD pick of the game to give Artesia the ball back. Their offense would take over and run it into the endzone making it 35-0. The Bulldogs defense would show out as they get the ball back in Rockets territory and score again on a screen pass to make it 41-0 Bulldogs. Artesia’s offense wasn’t done yet as they ran another ball in the endzone to make it a 48-0 game. Goddard showed some life late in the fourth quarter as they completed a 25- yard pass for a touchdown to make it a 48-6 game. The Rockets were not finished there as they quickly got the ball back and scored again to take it 48-14 with a minute and a half left in the game but in the last seconds Artesia takes it to the house on a 90-yard run to make it 54-14 final score.