Texico (6-1) at Tucumcari (5-2)
When: 7 p.m. tonight in a District 2-2A game. Both teams are 0-1 in district play.
Last week: Texico lost to Santa Rosa 21-7. Tucumcari lost at Estancia 43-13.
Last meeting: 2008, Texico cruised past the Rattlers 48-7.
Keys to the game: For the Wolverines, turnovers. They had three in the loss to Santa Rosa. “We’ve got to quit putting the ball on the ground,” Texico coach Ryan Autrey said.
Of note: The Wolverines saw an 18-game winning streak snapped last week, dating to the start of last season. … It’s pretty much an elimination game for both teams, with only the top two in the district advancing to the postseason. … Senior QB Alex Hutchins leads the Rattlers, Autrey said. Sophomore RB Angelo Montano is the team’s fastest player, he added, while senior RB Lucas Benavidez is also capable.
On losing: “It’s been a rough week; we knew Santa Rosa was going to be tough,” Autrey said. “But we’ve got a good group of guys, and they do a good job of handling adversity.”
Quotable: “They’ve been struggling the past few years, but coach (Daniel) Hutchins) has done a good job of turning things around.” — Autrey, on the Rattlers.
Fort Sumner (5-2) at Hagerman (7-1)
When: 7 p.m. today in a District 2-1A game. The Foxes are 2-0 and trail the 3-0 Bobcats by one-half game in the district.
Last week: Fort Sumner won at Carrizozo 10-0. Hagerman cruised to a 47-12 win at Jal.
Last meeting: 2008, the Foxes romped to a 54-7 victory.
Of note: Both teams are assured of berths in the six-team Class 1A playoffs. … Fort Sumner, the four-time defending 1A champion, has had to battle through a myriad of injuries this season. … Hagerman is ranked No. 2 and Fort Sumner No. 3 in 1A. … The Foxes won last week despite having only five first downs to 13 for Carrizozo and being outgained 196-105.
Melrose (8-0) at Logan (7-1)
When: 7 p.m. today in an 8-man District 4 game. Both teams are 1-0 in the district.
Last week: Melrose beat Clovis Christian 76-36, while the Longhorns managed a 32-20 win at Floyd.
Last meeting: 2008, the Buffaloes crushed Logan 82-6 at Melrose en route to the state 8-man title.
Keys: Melrose is facing a big team in Logan with not all that much speed. “They’re big and physical across the line,” Buffs coach Dickie Roybal said. “We’re going to have to tackle better than we did last week.”
Of note: Melrose has won 21 games in a row, dating to the start of 2008. … The Buffs are averaging 64 1/2 points, and have scored less than 50 only once — a 42-4 win over defending 8-man runnerup Tatum.
Quotable: “It’s a typical Logan team. They’re a big team, but they don’t have a lot of speed.” — Roybal.
Floyd (2-6) at Clovis Christian (5-2)
When: 7 p.m. today in an 8-man District 4 game at Yucca Complex. Both teams are 0-1 in the district.
Last week: Floyd lost to Logan 32-20, while Clovis Christian lost at Melrose 76-36.
Last meeting: 2008, the Broncos ran away to a 42-6 win at Floyd.
Keys: The Eagles look to shake off two consecutive losses. “It’s frustrating because we played well for (most of two) quarters against Melrose, and then we fell apart,” CCS coach Jason Swann said.
Of note: A fumble in the red zone in the third quarter cost the Eagles, trailing 44-28 at the time, a chance to pull within a score at Melrose. … It’s probably a must game for either team in their bids for postseason action.
Quotable: “They’ve improved tons from the first game. Watching them at this point in the season, coach (Rafael) Royball has done such a good job.” — Swann, on the Broncos.
Hondo (6-1, 1-0) at Elida (3-3, 1-1)
When: 3 p.m. today in a 6-man District 2 game
Last week: Hondo beat Dora 36-0. Elida lost to Lake Arthur 70-25.
Last meeting: 2008, the Eagles routed Elida 58-13.
Notes: Elida trails Hondo and Lake Arthur, who are tied for first in the district, and needs a win to keep its playoff hopes alive. … Hondo has won three straight since a loss to Roy in September. … Elida coach Ralph Gawehn the Eagles are capable of either running or throwing the ball, generally operating out of a spread formation.
Smyer (4-3) at Farwell (2-5)
When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today in a District 5-1A game. Smyer is 2-0 and Farwell 0-2 in the district.
Last week: Smyer beat Morton 44-14. Farwell lost at Sudan 19-10.
Last meeting: 2008, Farwell defated the Bobcats 58-20 at Smyer.
Of note: Assistant coach Shane Perkins, in his first year at the school, will serve out the season as head coach after Mark Anglin was reassigned this week. Perkins was hired this year as the Steers’ basketball coach. … Three teams are 2-0 and three are 0-2 in the district, but Anton has forfeited its remaining games due to lack of players. Farwell was scheduled to host Anton in its finale on Nov. 6.
Keys to the game: The Steers will be on the lookout for some unusual formations from the Bobcats. “They’re a pretty good team, and they’ve got some size,” Perkins said. “They do a lot of trick formations.” … Turnovers should be important. “For us, the games we’ve won, we’ve come out on the winning end of the turnover battle,” Perkins noted.
Quotable: “We’ve done a pretty good job against these types of teams this year.” — Perkins, noting the Bobcats generally like to run the football.
Claude (0-7) at Bovina (5-2)
When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today in a District 5-1A game.
Last week: Cluade lost to White Deer 60-0. Bovina notched a 63-32 win at Boys Ranch.
Last meeting: 2008, Bovina won at Claude 49-16.
Of note: The Mustangs survived a wild first quarter at Boys Ranch last week with a 28-26 lead, then held the Roughriders to only six points the rest of the way. … With a game against 1-6 Vega next week, Bovina appears well-positioned to earn a fifth consecutive postseason berth.
Quotable: “I think our main focus is to do what we can control, and finish the game strong. The last couple of weeks we’ve played well, but once we get ahead we sometimes get a little lax.” — Mustangs coach Hector Bovina
Muleshoe (7-0) at Childress (3-4)
When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today in a District 2-2A game. Muleshoe is 2-0 and Childress 1-1 in the district.
Last week: The Mules were awarded a forfeit win over Tulia, while Childress lost to Floydada.
Last meeting: 2008, Muleshoe beat the Bobcats 37-7.
Of note: The defending 2A Division I champion Mules are looking for their 23rd consecutive win, dating to the start of last season. … The Bobcats need to win two of their final three to make the playoffs.
Quotable: “It’s never good, but one thing that helped us is we got healthy. We’re at full strength.” — Mules coach David Wood, on having to sit out last week due to the forfeit.