Texico 33, Dexter 13
Records: Texico 1-0, Dexter 0-1
Difference: Texico QB Seth Bailey scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns after the teams entered the period tied 13-13. Jose Posada returned a second-quarter kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown.
Difference-makers: Bailey, making his first start at QB, and RB Edgardo Meza combined for more than 300 yards rushing — Meza with 171 on 24 carries, Bailey with 152 on 14.
Of note: The teams met for the Class 2A state championship last season, with the Wolverines winning 28-26 in Dexter.
Quotable: “It was just a ‘grind’ game all night. I don’t think we threw more than four passes all night. Our offensive line did a good job.” — Texico coach Ryan Autrey
Fort Sumner 38, New Mexico Military 7
Records: New Mexico Military 0-1, Fort Sumner 1-0
Difference: The Foxes piled up 378 rushing yards and dominated after falling behind to the Colts early on a 68-yard TD pass from Eric Gallegos to Nathan Moore.
Difference-makers: Junior RB Blake Crenshaw rushed for 181 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns. Michael Mares added 122 yards on the ground and had a fourth-quarter TD.
By the numbers: Fort Sumner had a 17-5 margin in first downs. The Foxes held NMMI to 172 yards — 116 coming on two receptions by Moore.
Melrose 56, Magdalena 6
Records: Magdalena 0-1, Melrose 1-0.
Difference: Melrose QB Clint Barnard scored twice in a span of less than 2 1/2 minutes midway through the first quarter, and the defending state 8-man champions were off to the races.
Difference-makers: Barnard finished with four touchdown runs and a 22-yard scoring pass to Mitchum Rush. Daylon Dial also scored twice for the Buffaloes, who had a 56-0 lead when the Steers’ William Ian returned a kickoff for a touchdown with just over seven minutes left.
CCS 46, Gateway Christian 12
Records: Clovis Christian 1-0, Gateway Christian 0-1.
Difference: The Eagles dominated the second half after the teams were tied 6-6 at the intermission.
Difference-makers: Clovis Christian RB Mike Urioste scored on runs of 68, 8 and 43 yards, and also tallied on a 56-yard punt return. Sophomore QB Kevin Naceanceno had TD runs of 39 and 90 yards.
Quotable: “We played exceptional. The first half we didn’t convert some opportunities, but in the second half we took over.” — CCS coach Jason Swann.
Dora 41, Elida 32
Records: Dora 1-0, Elida 0-1.
Difference-maker: Elida’s Alex Varela was strong in defeat, scoring all five of the Tigers’ touchdowns. He tallied three times on runs, another on a 70-yard kickoff return and one more on a pass from Jordan Tivis.
Muleshoe 27, Levelland 14
Records: Muleshoe 1-0, Levelland 0-1.
Difference: The Mules, defending Class 2A Division I state champions, erased an 8-7 halftime deficit by scoring touchdowns on all three of their third-quarter possessions.
Difference-makers: Jared Skipworth, in his first start at quarterback, threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Cooper Washington on a 53-yard TD pass in the first quarter and Adrian Muniz on a 54-yarder to cap the third-quarter eruption.
Spread-out attack: Eight players had at least one carry for the Mules, and nine players caught at least one pass.