Class 2A semifinals
Texico (6-4) at Tularosa (11-0)
• When: 7 p.m. today
• Last meeting: 2009, Tularosa edged the Wolverines 7-6 in the semifinals at Texico en route to the title.
• Last week: Texico, seeded fifth, upended No. 4 Estancia 14-10 on the road. The top-seeded Wildcats crushed Dulce 51-0.
• Of note: Wolverines coach Ryan Autrey knows his team has its work cut out. “They’re as good as everybody says they are,” he said of the Wildcats. “They’ve got athletes everywhere.” … QB Levi Silva leads the Tularosa attack. His favorite targets are senior WR Emery Coleman and sophomore WR Jim Coleman, who are brothers. … Autrey said the Wolverines may have to play their best game of the season. “We’ll have to do everything right,” he said. “We’re going to have to control the ball and keep their offense off the field. We’re just going to go in there, play hard and let the chips fall.”
Class 1A Division II area round
Farwell (9-1) vs. Wheeler (7-4)
• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today at Kimbrough Stadium, Canyon.
• Last meeting: 2003, the Steers beat Wheeler 25-6 in a bi-district (first-round) Class 1A playoff game.
• Last week: Farwell had a first-round bye. Wheeler advanced with a 48-6 rout of Vega.
• Of note: The Mustangs, who dropped to 6-man for a time the year after losing to Farwell, have a solid tradition in football. “They’re very disciplined,” Farwell coach Mike Prokop said. “They don’t do a lot, but what they do they do well.” … Wins by the Steers and Bovina would set up a match of the area rivals in next week’s third round. … Prokop, in his first season at Farwell, said as far as he knows the Steers have never gotten past the third round. “We set a goal (this year) to keep playing deeper into the playoffs than they’ve ever been before,” he said. … Last week’s bye was helpful in healing up some minor injuries, Prokop said.
Bovina (6-5) vs. White Deer (7-3)
• When: 7 p.m. (CDT) Saturday at Kimbrough Stadium, Canyon
• Last meeting: 2009, Bovina scored 41 second-half points and won at White Deer 55-31 in the then-District 3-1A and regular-season finale for both teams.
• Last week: Bovina posted a 44-20 win over Smyer. The Bucks had a first-round bye.
• Of note: Bovina RB Desmond Fox scored six touchdowns and rushed for 255 yards in last year’s meeting. The Mustangs led 14-13 at halftime, but scored three TDs in the first nine minutes of the third quarter. … White Deer operates for the most part from a wing-T set, Bovina coach Hector Guevara noted. … Last week’s win was the first in five playoff appearances since 2005 for Bovina, and the school’s first postseason triumph since a 6-man win in the early 1950s, Guevara said. “It’s been good for the kids,” he said of last week’s success. “The boys played good. Now the monkey’s off our back, so we can just go play.”
Class 2A Division I area round
Muleshoe (9-1) vs. Breckenridge (9-2)
• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today at Abilene Wylie H.S.
• Last meeting: The teams have never faced each other.
• Last week: Muleshoe had a first-round bye. Meantime, the Buckaroos used a 2-point conversion off a fake kick with about a minute left to advance past Ballinger 36-35.
• Of note: Breckenridge, located near Abilene, won a coin flip for the right to choose a neutral playing site. Mules coach David Wood said his team probably would’ve chosen Lubbock. … Senior QB Vance Sullivan and senior TB Zeke Smith have combined for around 2,800 yards rushing this season, with Sullivan near 1,600. … Wood thinks his team may be suited to handle the Buckaroos’ attack. “We’ve been playing well against the run this season,” he said. “They’re bigger than we are up front, but I think we match up pretty well.” … The Mules aren’t looking past the Buckaroos. “We’re taking it one game at a time,” Wood said. “We’ve got to get by this one (before looking ahead).”
— Compiled by Dave Wagner
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