Farwell (3-0) at Tucumcari (2-1)
When: 7 p.m. today
Last meeting: The teams have never faced each other.
Last week: Farwell rolled to a 41-0 win over Gruver at Panhandle, Texas. Tucumcari cruised past West Las Vegas 43-6.
Of note: The Rattlers replaced Clayton on Farwell’s schedule this year. First-year Steers coach Mike Prokop is familiar with both teams, which were district rivals during his years at Texico. … Rattlers coach Daniel Hutchins is a Farwell native and, as an 8th-grader, played for Prokop when he was the junior high coach at Farwell. … Tucumcari has several good skill players, including junior TB Angelo Montano, senior WR Jakus Martinez, senior FB A.J. McElroy and senior QB Dalton Wood, all seniors. “They’ve got some speed and some good size,” Prokop said. … Montano is a primary option when the Rattlers go to a wildcat formation, Prokop said.
Bovina (3-0) at Dimmitt (1-2)
When: 6 p.m. (CDT) today
Last meeting: 2009, the Mustangs routed the Bobcats 40-0 at Bovina.
Last week: Bovina coasted past Panhandle 42-6. The Bobcats were edged 7-6 by Olton.
Of note: Dimmitt has allowed 34 points in three games. Meantime, the Mustangs are averaging nearly 52 points an outing. … While they’re off to a quick start, Mustangs coach Hector Guevara said his squad is nursing injuries. “We’ve been very fortunate; we’re playing pretty decent,” he said. “We play one game at a time. I just hope we can keep it up.” … Bovina has won the only two meetings between the schools, also prevailing over the Bobcats in 2008. … Guevara said the Bobcats have “good skill kids” who will present a challenge for Bovina’s defense.
Fort Sumner (3-0) at McCurdy (2-1)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Last meeting: Fort Sumner beat the Bobcats 21-7, scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to erase a 7-6 deficit.
Last week: Fort Sumner thumped Capitan 41-13. McCurdy rolled to a 53-0 win over Magdalena.
Of note: McCurdy is playing its first home game, Fort Sumner its initial road contest. The Bobcats’ only loss was a 14-13 decision to Mesilla Valley. … McCurdy QB Eric Vigil is the son of coach Eric Vigil. … While McCurdy is a Class 2A school, Fort Sumer Matt Moyer said the Class 1A top-ranked Foxes have seven of the other nine top 10 teams in 1A on their schedule. “They’ve got some good-sized linemen, especially on the offensive side of the ball,” Moyer said. “There are going to be a lot of emotions for them. We’ve got to play four quarters and contain our emotions.”
Melrose (2-1) at Menaul (1-2)
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Last meeting: 2009, the Buffaloes stormed to a 62-8 victory over the Panthers.
Last week: Melrose rebounded from its first loss since the 2007 8-man state semifinals with a 56-6 win over Foothill. The Panthers, meantime, broke into the win column in a big way, crushing Floyd 50-0.
Of note: The game is part of the NMAA’s annual “Eight-Man Showcase,” with several games scheduled through the day. … Buffaloes coach Dickie Roybal said his team scrimmaged the Panthers in preseason, and his biggest concern is Menaul’s size. “They’re huge, the biggest team we’ve played this year,” he said. “They just try to line up and run right over you.” … Senior TB Cory Johnson and junior FB Dennis Smatana are the Panthers’ best players, Roybal said.
Dora at San Jon
When: 3 p.m. today
Records: Dora 1-2, San Jon 1-2.
Last meeting: 2009, Dora slipped past San Jon 20-19.
Last week: Dora beat Vaughn 25-12, while San Jon crushed House/Grady 51-6.
Of note: San Jon is ranked No. 5 in the state in 6-man.
Elida at Vaughn
When: 4 p.m. today
Records: Elida 1-2, Vaughn 1-2,
Last meeting: 2009, Elida routed Vaughn 54-7.
Last week: Elida lost to Clovis Christian 48-0. Vaughn lost to Dora 25-12.
Back to basics: “We’ve been going over a lot of fundamental stuff during practice, such as, tackling drills, blocking drills for our offensive linemen, route running and catching,” Elida coach Clay Ferguson said.
Of note: Elida has won the past two meetings with Vaughn.
Floyd to forfeit this week — The Floyd Broncos, scheduled to play Mountainair on Saturday in the annual “Eight-Man Showcase” at Menaul, have forfeited to the Mustangs due to lack of healthy players.
Broncos coach Rafael Roybal said Thursday night that the 10-man squad has two players ill this week and another one out with injury. The forfeit makes Mountainair 4-0 this season and Floyd 0-4.
Floyd is scheduled to play Foothill next week, and Roybal said he hopes to have eight players healthy enough to play the game.
— Compiled by Dave Wagner and Clarence Plank