Fort Sumner 42, Escalante 0
Records: Escalante 4-3, Fort Sumner 7-0.
Difference: The Foxes defense dominated Escalante, holding the Lobos to 97 yards and forcing seven fumbles (three lost). That allowed the offense time to get revved up in the second quarter.
Difference-makers: QB Kolter West completed 10-of-16 passes for 128 yards for Fort Sumner, running for two touchdowns and throwing for another. RB Blake Crenshaw added 63 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Escalante’s Isaiah Maldonado finished with 77 yards rushing, but the Foxes punished QB Enrique Ulibarri, who finished 10 for a minus-37.
Of note: The Foxes, ranked second in Class 1A, host top-ranked Hagerman on Friday in the District 2-1A opener for both teams.
Farwell 20, Bovina 14
Records: Farwell 6-1 (1-0 District 3-1A), Bovina 3-4 (0-1).
Difference: The Steers erased a 14-0, first-quarter deficit, getting the winning points on senior RB Colby Read’s 17-yard run in the third quarter.
Difference-makers: Read led a potent Farwell ground attack with 173 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries for Farwell. Meantime, the Steers were able to contain Bovina’s dangerous Desmond Fox, who finished with 75 yards on 16 carries.
Notes: Bovina’s Dorian Vela went 10-of-16 for 82 yards, including a 32-yard pass to Jose Lara for the game’s first score. … The loss was the fourth in a row for the Mustangs. … Neither team committed a turnover in the contest.
Lake Arthur 34, Elida 25
Records: Lake Arthur 4-3 (3-0 6-man district 2), Elida 4-3 (2-1).
Difference: After falling behind 19-6, Lake Arthur scored 28 straight points.
Difference-makers: Elida, Jordyn Tivis threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns. Alex Varela caught six passes for 141 yards and a TD and also ran for 57 yards.
Notes: Elida had its three-game win streak snapped ... Magin Montoya caught TD passes of 22, 25 and 7 yards ... Sophomore Tucker Morgan had an interception and fumble recover for the Tigers. ... Elida finishes the season with road games at Hondo and Dora.
Coach’s comment: “They had our homecoming ceremony at halftime and we lost our momentum. It took us a quarter to get our intensity back. Lake Arthur is an established program, but they knew they were in a football game. We just need to keep our heads up. We have a good chance to make the playoffs.” — Elida coach Clay Ferguson.
Muleshoe 54, Slaton 7
Records: Slaton 0-6 (0-3 District 1-2A Division I), Muleshoe 5-1 (2-1).
Difference: The Tigers were able to keep Muleshoe in check for a quarter, but the Mules erupted for 34 points in the second period and the rout was on.
Difference-makers: Mules senior Cooper Washington completed 18-of-27 passes for 272 yards and five touchdowns. He also scored on a 1-yard run and on a 29-yard interception return — barely a minute apart — during the second-quarter onslaught.
Notes: Eric Orozco caught two of the scoring passes from Washington, both in the second quarter. … After Slaton got its only score early in the final period, Muleshoe’s Issac Baca returned the ensuing kickoff 64 yards for a touchdown.
By the numbers: 10 — players with a least one reception in the game for Muleshoe.
— Freedom New Mexico