Santa Rosa 21, Texico 7
Records: Santa Rosa 5-2 (1-0 District 2-2A), Texico 6-1 (0-1).
Difference: The Lions held the Wolverines scoreless until the third quarter, when Jesus Rivera caught a 23-yard TD pass from Seth Bailey.
Difference-makers: Santa Rosa got what offense it needed from junior RB Jason Martinez, who scored all three touchdowns — two in the first quarter.
Of note: After their score, the Wolverines reached the red zone twice, only to give up the ball on a fumble and on downs, respectively. … The Lions avenged a pair of losses last year to defending Class 2A state champion Texico, and also snapped the Wolverines’ 18-game winning streak over two seasons.
Quotable: “We knew they were going to be tough. We just have to learn from it and get better.” — Texico coach Ryan Autrey.
Fort Sumner 10, Carrizozo 0
Records: Fort Sumner 6-2 (2-0 District 2-1A), Carrizozo 3-5 (0-2).
Difference: The injury-plagued Foxes managed to win despite managing only 96 total yards and not scoring a touchdown on offense.
Difference-makers: Caleb West returned a fumble 69 yards for a third-quarter TD, giving the Foxes some breathing room. The other points came on a 22-yard FG by Miguel Guevara late in the first quarter.
Of note: It was West’s third fumble return for a score this season. … The Foxes travel to Hagerman next week in a game which should determine the district champion. … The Grizzlies outgained Fort Sumner 187-96. The teams combined for only one pass completion — by Carrizozo — in 12 attempts. The completion netted zero yards. … Carrizozo reached the Fort Sumner 5 in the second quarter, but a reverse lost nine yards and the drive stalled. The Grizzlies had a fourth-quarter drive slowed by a holding penalty, nullifying a first-down at the Foxes’ 16.
Sudan 19, Farwell 10
Records: Farwell 2-5 (0-2 District 5-1A), Sudan 3-4 (2-0).
Difference: Sudan scored twice in the second half to erase a 10-6 Steers lead.
Difference-makers: Sudan QB Taylor Soles carried 22 times for 77 yards, highlighted by a 69-yard TD run midway through the first quarter. … The Steers scored all their points in the final minute of the half — a 55-yard TD pass from Landry Actkinson to Collin Christian, and a 21-yard FG by Lincoln Devault.
Bovina 63, Boys Ranch 32
Records: Bovina 5-2 (1-1 District 5-1A), Boys Ranch 4-3 (1-1).
Difference: The Mustangs settled down after a wild first quarter ended with Bovina leading 28-26. The Roughriders didn’t score again until less than five minutes remained in the game.
Difference-makers: Junior RB Desmond Fox had 18 carries for 193 yards and five touchdowns while sophomore RB Rolando Perez added 168 yards on 11 totes with two scores. The Mustangs finished with 485 yards, including 422 on the ground.
Of note: The teams combined for more than 800 yards of offense. Bovina forced three turnovers while committing only one of its owns.
House 62, Dora 45
Records: Dora 3-4, House 5-3.
Difference: The Cowboys opened a 21-0 lead at the start and Dora was unable to catch up.
Difference-makers: Senior QB Mark Butler scored four touchdowns for the Coyotes, including two on kickoff returns.
Of note: Dora lost three starters for the season going into the game — junior Michael Puebla (torn ligament in shoulder) and senior Ish Machado (knee), both hurt in last week’s game against Lake Arthur. Meantime, Dustin Caroland, also a two-way starter, transferred to another school this week. … Butler shared QB duties with 8th-grader Jestin Watson after Puebla’s injury.
Quotable: “We were beat up, but the effort was tremendous.” — Dora coach Pablo Pena.
Lake Arthur 70, Elida 25
Records: Elida 3-3 (1-1 6-man District 2), Lake Arthur 6-1 (1-0).
Difference: The Panthers jumped on Elida early and ended the game midway through the final period on 6-man’s 45-point lead rule after halftime.
Difference-makers: Junior RB Alex Varela got the Tigers on the board with a 40-yard TD run, but went out with a broken arm later in the period. … Brothers Shane and Kevin Mitchell each scored a touchdown for Elida, and Shane Mitchell also threw a scoring pass to Jordyn Tivis.
Of note: Elida coach Ralph Gawehn did not make the trip due to the flu. Darrell Chenault coached the Tigers in his absence. … The Tigers can still clinch second place in the district and a playoff berth next week with a wih over Hondo at home.
Santa Rosa 21, Texico 7
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