Hagerman (6-1, 0-0 District 2-1A)
at Fort Sumner (7-0, 0-0)
• When: 7 p.m. today
• Last meeting: 2009, the teams met twice at Hagerman, with the Bobcats winning 56-0 in district play and 30-14 in a Class 1A playoff semifinal en route to the championship.
• Last week: Hagerman suffered its first loss of the season at Class 2A No. 4 Tularosa 53-20. The Foxes defeated Escalante 42-0 at Fort Sumner.
• Of note: All of Hagerman’s opponents have been in Class 2A except Capitan, beaten 41-13 by the Bobcats in the season opener. … Hagerman ended Fort Sumner’s four-year run of 1A titles last season. …… Senior QB/LB Isaac Bejarano is Hagerman’s top player, while others include senior WR/DE Michael Garcia (6-3, 190) and senior RB/CB Ryan Gomez. “It’s definitely the best team we’ve seen so far,” Foxes coach Matt Moyer said. … This will be the sixth home game this season for Fort Sumner, which has district games at Cloudcroft and at Jal to conclude the regular season.
Melrose (6-2, 1-0 8-man District 3)
over Floyd (0-7, 0-1)
• When: Game scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Melrose. The Broncos forfeited due to lack of available players.
• Last meeting: 2009, the Buffaloes routed the Broncos 76-6 at Floyd en route to their second consecutive 8-man state title.
• Last week: Floyd had an open date, while Melrose dropped a 38-36, double-overtime decision to top-ranked Mountainair.
• Of note: Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said the Broncos had been waiting on the status of two players who needed doctors’ releases this week to play. When they weren’t cleared, it left Floyd with just seven players. … The Buffs, ranked second in 8-man, were coming off an emotional 38-36, double-overtime loss at home on Friday to top-ranked Mountainair. “I thought we played a great game,” Roybal said. “It’s just a shame we lost (senior guard-defensive tackle) Josh (Broome, for the season to a broken arm). We’ll just have to go on and try to find a replacement. But I think we’re coming together at the right time.” … The Buffs finish district and regular-season play with games at Gateway Christian and Tatum.
CCS (6-0, 2-0 6-man District 1)
at San Jon (4-2, 1-1)
• When: 2 p.m. Saturday
• Last meeting: 2005, the Coyotes outscored CCS 62-52 at San Jon.
• Last week: The Eagles had an open date, while San Jon absorbed a 64-12 district shellacking at Roy/Mosquero.
• Of note: The Coyotes are led by brothers Bobby Benally, a senior QB/FS, and Jacob Benally, a sophomore WR/CB, CCS coach Jason Swann said. Their other top player is senior WR/CB Bryan Faust. “They pass the ball about 85 percent of the time, usually a rollout with a run-pass option,” Swann said. … While the schools haven’t met in some time in football, Swann said it’s a rivalry game. “In basketball, they’re always competitive against us,” he said. … Swann said the bye week gave the Eagles a chance to heal some bumps and bruises.
Sudan (2-5, 1-0 District 3-1A Div. II)
at Farwell (5-1, 1-0 )
• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today
• Last meeting: 2009, the Hornets topped Farwell 19-10 at Sudan.
• Last week: Sudan, which has struggled this year, posted a 49-0 rout of Nazareth, which has struggled even more in a down year for both. The Steers, meantime, won at Bovina 20-14 in their district opener.
• Of note: Steers coach Mike Prokop said the Hornets have regained the services of a quarterback and tailback, both sidelined earlier this season by injury. “Sudan is a fairly young team that’s dangerous,” Prokop said. “It’s one of those games that if you’re not ready to play, they’re good enough to beat you.” … The key to the game, he said, is to stay focused and get off to a good start. “We can’t let them get their motor running,” Prokop said. “If we do, they’ll be a hard team to catch.”
Bovina (3-4, 0-1 District 3-1A Div. II)
at Springlake-Earth (6-0, 0-0)
• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today
• Last meeting: 2008, Bovina pulled out a 40-37 win over the Wolverines at Earth, Texas.
• Last week: Bovina lost at home to Farwell 20-14 in its district opener. Springlake-Earth, ranked fourth in Class 1A, had an open date.
• Of note: The Mustangs are trying to fight their way out of a four-game losing streak, something fourth-year coach Hector Guevara said he’s never experienced with the team, but it will be a challenge. “I don’t see any weak spots in their game,” Guevara said. “We’ve just got to execute and make plays.” … The Wolverines will try to establish run-first, Guevara said, but they can also throw it. … Guevara said the Mustangs are starting to get players back from injury and may be as healthy as they’ve been since the second week of the season.
Friona (2-4, 1-2 District 1-2A Div. I)
at Muleshoe (5-1, 2-1)
• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today
• Last meeting: 2009, the Mules edged the Chieftains 28-21 at Friona.
• Last week: Friona lost to Bushland 47-33 while Muleshoe routed winless Slaton 54-7 in district play.
• Of note: The Chieftains and Mules have played in the final game of the season for the past four years. Muleshoe coach David Wood said it’s luck of the draw, though, as to when they play. … The Mules took a 31-30 lead in the all-time rivalry with last year’s victory. … Friona averages around 30 points a game. “They’re struggling a little bit on defense,” Wood said, “(but) you can throw all of the records and stats out the window. It’ll be a war on Friday night, and we’ve got to get ready for it.” … Friona WR Caleb Monroe is second in Class 2A-3A in the Panhandle area in receiving yards.
Valley Christian (2-4, 1-2 District 2-6-man) at Dora ( 2-5, 1-2)
• When: 3 p.m. today
• Last meeting: 2008, Dora lost 48-26.
• Last week: Valley Christian beat Hondo 56-38. Dora beat House 63-20.
• Coach’s comment: “Their quarterback is a big kid. Valley Christian likes to run the ball. I know in the game against Hondo they ran a lot of spread offense. It made a lot of sense because their quarterback (senior Daniel La Volpa) can throw the ball really good.” — Dora's Leonard Velasquez.
• Notes: Dora senior defensive end Ish Machado might be returning this week from a concussion. … The Coyotes broke a three-game losing streak with their over House.
Elida (4-3, 2-1 District 2 6-man) at Hondo (3-3, 2-1)
• When: 7 p.m. today.
• Last meeting: 2009, Elida lost 68-20.
• Last week: Elida lost to Lake Arthur 34-25. Hondo lost to Valley Christian 56-38.
• Coach's comment: “They are an established football team, but looking at their scores it is a down football year. You can never tell about them. They run a lot of spread formations. We played them last year, but they lost their best player senior Rico Lopez during that game with.” — Elida's Clay Ferguson.
• Notes: Elida senior Magin Montoya is stepping up his play at defensive end. He had a couple of tackles for loss last week against Lake Arthur. ... Hondo is 2-0 against Elida and has outscored the Tigers 126-33. Hondo junior running backs Walter Medina and Luis Montano have combined to rush for 700 yards and 15 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.