Texico 20, Springlake-Earth 14
Records: Springlake-Earth 1-1, Texico 2-0.
Difference: Senior QB Seth Bailey scored on a 1-yard sneak early in the final period to break a tie. Senior RB Edgardo Meza set up the score with a 35-yard run to the 2.
Difference-makers: Texico compiled around 400 yards of offense, with Meza rushing 26 times for 174 yards and Bailey carrying 13 times for 141 and two TDs. Bailey also completed 7-of-11 passes for 64 yards. Jose Meza catching 4 for 28 yards and a touchdown.
Of note: Texico, the defending Class 2A state champion, overcame a 14-7 halftime deficit to extend its winning streak to 14 games in a battle of “Wolverines.”
Quotable: “We’ve toughened up our schedule the last few years to help prepare us for the district games. Our kids were tested tonight and they stepped up. I was proud of the way they fought back.” — Texico coach Ryan Autrey.
Clayton 26, Fort Sumner 6
Records: Fort Sumner 1-1, Clayton 1-0.
Difference: The Yellowjackets outscored Fort Sumner 20-0 in the second half in a rematch of last year’s Class 1A state championship game, won by the Foxes. Clayton’s defense held Fort Sumner to 189 total yards and no offensive touchdowns.
Difference-makers: Senior QB Samuel Overmeyer carried 19 times for 137 yards and put the Yellowjackets on the board first with a 25-yard run in the second quarter. … Fort Sumner pulled even at the half 6-6 when Hector Zambrano returned a pass interception 40 yards for a score.
Melrose 62, Menaul 8
Records: Melrose 2-0, Menaul 0-2.
Difference: Melrose wasted no time taking charge against the overmatched Panthers. Senior QB Clint Barnard threw a 60-yard TD pass to Sammy Lawrence only 20 seconds into the game, then after a fumble on the kickoff, Barnard ran 33 yards for another score.
Difference-makers: Lawrence caught another long TD pass, this one 70 yards, to make it 30-0 at the quarter break. Mitchum Rush and Lance Widner each had a pair of TD runs for the Buffaloes, the defending state 8-man champions.
Quotable: “The big one’s next week,” Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said, referring to a 7 p.m. home matchup on Friday against Tatum. “They’ve got Tatum ranked No. 1 and us No. 2.”
Bovina 30, Sudan 12
Records: Sudan 1-1, Bovina 2-0.
Difference: The Mustangs scored 30 unanswered points after falling behind 6-0 late in the first quarter. Statistically, the game was relatively even, but Bovina did not turn the ball over while collecting three takeaways against the Hornets.
Difference-makers: RB Desmond Fox scored a pair of third -quarter touchdowns and finished with 120 yards on 21 carries for Bovina. Daniel Rivera got the Mustangs on the board with a 26-yard field goal early in the second period, and also added three extra points.
Roy 56, Dora 38
Records: Roy 1-0, Dora 1-1.
Difference: Turnovers plagued the Coyotes, who fell behind early and couldn’t make up the deficit, coach Pablo Pena said.
Difference-makers: Michael Puebla ran for two touchdowns for the Coyotes, but had to come out of the game in the fourth quarter for precautionary reasons due to dehydration, Pena said. Mark Butler also had a touchdown run for Dora, while Ish Machado caught a fourth-quarter TD pass from Jacob Arcola.
Quotable: “We came out flat; they (Longhorns) jumped out to a 22-0 lead. We just had early turnovers, but once we got our nerves calmed I think we outplayed them.”
Texico 20, Springlake-Earth 14
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