Texico 39, Eunice 7
• Records: Texico 1-3, Eunice 2-2
• Difference: Down 7-0, the Wolverines scored twice in a span of just over a minute to take the lead early in the second period.
• Difference-makers: Senior RB Kendall Naceanceno ran for 112 yards and a touchdown. Senior WR/DB Adrian Gomez caught six passes from junior QB Justin Rucker for 80 yards and two touchdowns, and also had a pass interception. … Texico held the Cardinals to just 87 total yards.
• Of note: Texico finished with 378 total yards, including 271 on the ground. … Senior RB Mitchell Pinnell also scored twice for the Wolverines, rushing for 67 yards on 17 carries.
• Quotable: “They (Cardinals) put a good drive together to open the game, but I thought our kids responded well. Defensively, I thought we played really well, and in the second half we had the ball quite a bit.” — Texico coach Ryan Autrey.
Fort Sumner 44, McCurdy 15
• Records: McCurdy 3-1, Fort Sumner 2-2
• Difference: The Foxes scored 23 unanswered points to take control after giving up a long TD pass to the Bobcats in the first minute.
• Difference-makers: McCurdy, senior RB Richard Wisecarver caught a 74-yard TD pass to open the scoring, then finished it with a 90-yard fumble return in the final period. Fort Sumner, senior RB Michael Giannini rushed for 274 yards and two touchdowns, including a 63-yarder. Senior WR Nick Sanchez caught two passes for touchdowns of 50 and 15 yards from junior QB Garrett Hisel.
• Of note: The Foxes improved to 12-0 all-time against McCurdy. … Fort Sumner piled up 497 total yards, including 411 on the ground, and posted a 26-9 edge in first downs. … McCurdy’s Alfonso Arroyo kicked a 37-yard field goal in the final minute of the half.
Foothill 13, Melrose 12
• Records: Foothill 3-1, Melrose 3-1
• Difference: Melrose fumbled the ball away four times inside Foothill’s 20-yard line.
• Difference-makers: Melrose, Tanner Dickerman threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Braden Hemminger and Wyatt WIlliams scored on a 15-yard run.
• Of note: Melrose was stopped at the Foothill 3-yard line on the game’s final play. … The Buffaloes had outscored its first three opponents 180 to 0. … Foothill’s loss was Carrizozo (40-31) in its season opener.
• Quotable: “It was a good fight. A good battle. This is the best thing that could have happened, if we learn from it.” — Melrose coach Dickie Roybal.
New Deal 47, Farwell 14
• Records: Farwell 3-1, New Deal 4-0
• Difference: The Lions took control early and rolled up 520 yards in a battle of unbeatens.
• Difference-makers: Farwell, Adrian Aleman rushed for 97 yards and both touchdowns, including a 45-yarder in the second quarter. New Deal, QB Jeff Manahan threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, while Ale Nunez and Demetrius Jackson each rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown.
Muleshoe 42, Lubb. Roosevelt 12
• Records: Roosevelt 2-2, Muleshoe 2-2
• Difference: Muleshoe scored three touchdowns in the first 16 minutes and never looked back.
• Difference-makers: Roosevelt, junior Kevin Lamae rushed for 271 yards and a touchdown. Muleshoe, Danny Campos passed for 245 yards and five TDs.
• Go figure: Austin Ross and Matt Barron had five catches each for Muleshoe.
• Of note: Muleshoe held a slight 398 to 390 edge in total yards. … The Mules have averaged 51.2 points in their two wins and 14 points in their two losses.
— CMI staff