Melrose 52, Reserve 0
Records: Reserve 2-3, Melrose 4-1.
Difference: The Buffaloes scored three times each in the second and third quarters to end the game early on the 45-point lead rule.
Difference makers: QB Seaver Tate rushed for 106 yards and three TDs, and he also threw a scoring pass. Tate scored three of Melrose’s five 2-point conversion runs. … RB Hayden Moore, meantime, finished with 156 yards on 14 carries and scored the game’s first TD on a 51-yard run.
Clovis Christian 48, Hondo 0
Records: Clovis Christian 5-0, Hondo 2-2.
Difference: Clovis Christian jumped out to a 27-0 lead after one quarter and held Hondo to two first downs in a game that was ended at halftime by the 45-point mercy rule.
Difference-makers: Clovis Christian, Mike Urioste scored three touchdowns, including returning the opening kickoff 78 yards for a score. Kevin Naceanceno also scored three times, including a 45-yard interception for Clovis Christian’s final TD.
Coach’s comment: “We played incredible on defense — we held them to two first downs. On offense, the line blocked incredibly well. We looked as good as we have all season, which is good because we want to make sure we keep getting better.” —Clovis Christian’s Jason Swann
Elida 56, Valley Christian 43
Records: Elida 3-2 (1-0 6-man District 2), Valley Christian 1-3 (0-1).
Difference: Elida scored four special teams touchdowns.
Difference-makers: Senior Alex Varela scored on kickoff returns of 55, 70 and 65 yards and also scored on a 20-yard pass from Jordyn Tivis. Senior Kevin Mitchell recovered two fumbles for TDs and added an interception.
Coach’s comment: “With a kid as fast as Varela, if you give him a little bit of room he can be gone anytime. And Kevin Mitchell, he’s just the stud of our defense. — Elida’s Clay Ferguson.
Muleshoe 31, Lubbock Roosevelt 7
Records: Roosevelt (3-1, 0-1 District 1-2A), Muleshoe 4-0 (1-0).
Difference: Senior QB Cooper Washington sustained a shoulder injury during practice this week and did not dress for the game. But the Mules, trailing 7-6, opted to put him in the second half and they scored four unanswered touchdowns.
Difference-makers: Junior Beau Avila, filling in at QB for Washington in the first half, went 8-for-11 passing for 87 yards and kept the Mules close. … Junior Baca led Muleshoe in rushing with 66 yards on seven carries. … QB Caden Whitley threw for 200 yards and rushed for 90 for the Eagles.
Of note: Leading 19-7, the Mules made a defensive stand, stopping Whitley on four consecutive plays after the Eagles reached first-and-goal at the 2 late in the third quarter.
New Deal 21, Farwell 0
Records: New Deal 5-0, Farwell 4-1.
Difference: The Steers, who lost 48-7 to New Deal in a first-round playoff game last year, hung tough with the Lions this time. Quarterback Isaac Chavez-Ward threw a 9-yard TD pass to tight end Garrett Mayo with four minutes left in the third quarter to make it 14-0, and senior running back Robert Uballe added a 4-yard TD run midway through the final period.
Of note: The Lions posted a 17-7 edge in first downs and held the Steers to 47 yards rushing. … New Deal had four pass interceptions. … Senior RB Robert Calderon scored the first TD of the game on a 4-yard run with 9:47 left in the half.