Six area high school football teams will be involved in playoffs this weekend while two, Farwell and Muleshoe, have earned byes in the first round of the Texas playoffs.
Four games are on tap for Friday night, with fifth-seeded Texico playing at No. 4 Estancia in a Class 2A quarterfinal, No. 2 Fort Sumner (9-1) hosting third-seeded Escalante (8-3) in a Class 1A semifinal and two-time defending champion and second seed Melrose entertaining Gateway Christian. All games are set for 7 p.m. kickoffs.
The other game has Bovina taking on Smyer at 7:30 p.m. (CST) in a first-round Texas Class 1A Division II matchup at Sudan.
Regular-season district champions Farwell (9-1), in Texas 1A Division II, and Muleshoe (9-1), in Texas Class 2A Division I, won’t see action until the following weekend.
On Saturday, Clovis High (4-6) takes a No. 10 seed to Albuquerque’s Wilson Stadium to face seventh-seeded Highland in a 2 p.m. start, while Clovis Christian (9-0) will play for the 6-man state championship at Lake Arthur (8-3) in a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Volleyball — Clovis High earned a No. 10 seed in the Class 5A state volleyball tournament, scheduled for the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho from Thursday through Saturday.
The Lady Wildcats (10-12) are paired with second-seeded Gadsden and No. 7 Sandia in Pool B. First-round bracket play matches are scheduled for Thursday night, while quarterfinal and semifinal play is on tap Friday.
The championship match will be at 8 p.m. Saturday. Rio Rancho Cleveland is the No. 1 seed.
Four-time defending Class 2A champion Texico (20-1) is brackets with eighth-seeded Navajo Prep and No. 9 Dulce in Pool A at Cleveland High School. First-round matches will be Thursday night at Cleveland before the rest of the event moves to the Santa Ana Star Center.
In Class 1A, Fort Sumner (20-1) earned a No. 2 seed behind Tatum. The Vixens compete in Pool B with No. 7 Ramah and No. 10 Cimarron at Rio Rancho High School, which will then host first-round matches before moving over to the Star Center for the final two days.
Melrose (12-9) garnered a No. 12 seed in 1A and will face No. 4 Des Moines and No. 5 Mountainair in Pool D.
In eight-team Class B, also set for Cleveland, Grady (16-5) is seeded third and will compete against Cimarron, No. 6 Quemado and No. 7 Vaughn in Pool B. Quarterfinals will be Friday at Cleveland, with semifinals on Friday and the noon championship match on Saturday at the Star Center.
Elida is the tournament’s top seed.