Clovis JV 27, Texico 26
Records: Clovis JV 3-0, Texico 2-2.
Difference: The Wildcats built a 13-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Texico scored twice to get close, but couldn’t convert either PAT. With Texico driving, Clovis’ D.J. Blackmon intercepted a pass deep in Wildcats territory with under two minutes left to seasl the win.
Difference-makers: Clovis JV, RB Jonathon Johnson scored three times, including runs of 75 and 60 yards in the first half. Texico, QB Jose Posada ran for two scores and passed for two more.
Of note: The game was completed after play was suspended late in the first quarter because of lightning on Thursday with Texico leading 7-0.
Up next: The Clovis JV plays at Dexter (varsity) on Thursday. The Wolverines will celebrate homecoming next Friday against Gruver, Texas.
Fort Sumner 32, McCurdy 23
Records: Fort Sumner 4-0, McCurdy 2-2.
Difference-makers: Fort Sumner, Kolter West threw for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and had an interception with 6:17 to go. The Bobcats offense never got back on the field. McCurdy, Jed Cordova carried 15 times for 40 yards and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Not so special: McCurdy’s first and third touchdowns were both aided by Foxes miscues on special teams. Jed Cordova’s 4-yard run for a 7-0 lead came after a Fort Sumner punt hit a lineman and went backward four yards. Eric Vigil hit Carlos Herrera for a 22-yard score on the first play after the Foxes fumbled a kickoff return in the third.
Next: The Foxes host the Clovis sophomores at 1 p.m.
Melrose 40, Menaul 32
Records: Melrose 3-1, Menaul 1-3.
For the win: Melrose scored the game-winner on a hook-and-ladder play with 2:48 left. QB Seaver Tate passed to Daniel Lylons, who pitched to Cameron Huber on what turned into a 63-yard score.
Big plays: Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said the Buffaloes had another big play, when Chase Sneller returned a fumble 55 yards after the Panthers closed to 26-22. Menaul never led, but tied the game 32-32 with 4:29 to go on a 2-yard run by Jared Monahan.
Difference-maker: Tate threw for 212 yards, and carried 20 times for 58 yards and three scores.
Next: The Buffs play at Reserve on Saturday.
— Freedom New Mexico