Fort Sumner 41, Capitan 13
Records: Capitan 1-2, Fort Sumner 3-0.
Difference: Fort Sumner used a balanced running attack to wear down Capitan.
Difference-makers: Capitan, Logan Eshom passed for 235 yards and a touchdown and ran for another. Fort Sumner, Skylar McMath rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and Kolter West ran 45 yards for a score and added a 32-yard FG.
Too late: Capitan scored its touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game after Fort Sumner built a 41-0 lead.
Go figure: The Foxes finished with 338 rushing yards.
Melrose 56, Foothill 6
Records: Foothill 1-1, Melrose 2-1
Difference: Melrose scored five touchdowns and a safety in the first 14 minutes of the game as the Buffs rebounded from its first loss in more than two years.
Difference-makers: Melrose, Seaver Tate rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 112 yards and two more scores, a pair of 46-yarders at Aaron Dearing. Tate also recorded a safety.
Go figure: Four Buffaloes rushed for at least 69 yards.
One and done: Lance Widner scored on a 69-yard run on his only carry of the game but did not return after reinjuring his leg.
Coach’s comment: “They rose to the occasion after the loss. We played better, but we still have room to improve.” — Melrose’s Dickie Roybal.
CCS 48, Elida 0
Records: Elida 1-2, Clovis Christian 3-0
Difference: The Eagles scored on their first two plays from scrimmage and led 28-0 at the end of the first quarter. The game was played with a running clock in the second half and ended when senior RB Mike Urioste broke a 65-yard run with 8:42 to go.
Difference-makers: Elida, junior QB Jordyn Tivis completed all but two of his 13 passes. CCS, Urioste had another big game, rushing for 174 yards and four touchdowns on nine carries and catching a 46-yard TD pass from freshman QB Kendall Naceanceno on the game’s first play.
Go figure: Of the Eagles’ 278 rushing yards, 169 came on three plays — scoring runs of 59 yards by Kevin Naceanceno and 45 and 65 yards by Urioste.
Coach’s comment: “Mikey (Urioste) had a great game, Kevin had a great game and the offensive line blocked a whole lot better today than they did against Lake Arthur (a 65-20 Eagles win Sept. 3). They got to their blocks against Lake Arthur; they just didn’t finish them.” — CCS coach Jason Swann.
Bovina 42, Panhandle 6
Records: Panhandle 0-3, Bovina 3-0.
Difference: For the second week in a row, the Mustangs erupted after halftime to break open a fairly close game. Against the Panthers, they led 14-0 before scoring three times in just over three minutes midway through the third quarter.
Difference-makers: Bovina, Desmond Fox rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns. He also started the Mustangs’ blitz in that period with a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Balance: Bovina QB Dorian Vela had a solid game, going 10-for-19 for 153 yards.
Something special: Luis Sanchez recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown with 1:16 gone in the game.
Stingy: Bovina held the Panthers to 149 total yards. Panhandle’s only score came on a 60-yard fumble return by Kelby Price with less than three minutes left.
Go figure: The Mustangs have scored 24 points in the first half of their last two games, 80 in the second half.
Muleshoe 49, Andrews 19
Records: Muleshoe 3-0, Andrews 2-1.
Difference: Muleshoe scored 28 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to overcome a 13-7 deficit.
Difference-makers: Muleshoe, Cooper Washington passed for 213 yards and two touchdowns and Issac Baca ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Andrews, Hunter Hicks passed for 200 yards and two TDs and Jake Higgs kicked two first-quarter field goals.
Strong finish: Baca scored on runs of scored on runs of 55 and 60 yards in the fourth quarter.
Go figure: Muleshoe finished with a season-high 590 yards — including 352 rushing — and 30 first downs.
Dora 25, Vaughn 12
Records: Vaughn 2-1, Dora 1-2.
Difference: Dora sophomore Tyler Sites scored on pair of returns — a 78-yard kickoff return and 47-yard punt return.
Difference-makers: Dora, Sites also threw for 85 yards and a TD and added 50 yards rushing and senior running back Michael Puebla added 65 yards and a touchdown.
By the numbers: Dora forced four turnovers — two fumbles and two interceptions.
Fort Sumner 41, Capitan 13
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