FARWELL — The Farwell Steers took advantage of a bad punt snap by Petersburg for the deciding touchdown early in the fourth quarter Friday night and edged the Buffaloes 14-7 in their home opener.
With the ball on their own 21, the Buffaloes punt snap sailed over the head of junior Bobby Rosas and rolled into the end zone, where Steers junior lineman Joel Chavez fell on it for a touchdown to give Farwell a 12-7 lead with 10:49 left in the game. Quarterback Jason Johnson found Grant Gregory in the corner of the end zone for a 2-point conversion.
Petersburg punted on its next possession, but used its final two timeouts to force a Farwell punt with a minute left. Buffaloes quarterback Caleb Bright found senior Mark Chavez for completions of 37 and 36 yards to put the ball at the Farwell 20 in the closing seconds.
But Wright misfired on three consecutive passes, and his fourth-down toss was intercepted by Farwell’s Robbie Tabb on the final play of the game.
Petersburg scored on a 22-yard pass from Bright to Chris Oralie in the second quarter. Farwell pulled to 7-6 with a five-play, 67-yard drive as near the end of the half.
Johnson completed consecutive 9-yard passes to Mitchell to move the ball to the Petersburg 27, then hit Tabb on a deep pass into the end zone with 50 seconds left.
The game was evenly played for the most part. Both teams had eight first downs, while Farwell overcame three turnovers and a 182-161 deficit in total yardage.
BOVINA 30, LORENZO 0 — At Lorenzo, Texas, junior quarterback Jeff Casas scored two touchdowns and Bovina’s defense limited Lorenzo to 42 yards and three first downs as the Mustangs cruised to victory.
Casas scored on a 7-yard run in the first quarter. Senior running back Jonathan Chisom, who rushed for 164 yards on 22 carries, added a 25-yard TD run later in the period for a 14-0 lead.
Casas added a 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, while senior Matthew Villareal scored from 2 yards out in the third period. The Mustangs (1-1) completed the scoring in the final quarter when senior quarterback Daniel Cecenas, who kicked all four PATs, tackled a Lorenzo runner in the end zone for a safety.
Casas went 5 for 7 for 105 yards through the air as Bovina finished with 324 total yards. The Mustangs limited the Hornets (0-2) to 0 of 7 through the air and picked off four passes — two by sophomore cornerback Michael Ortiz and one each by Villareal and senior cornerback Claude Tamez.
TATUM 50, CLOVIS CHRISTIAN 0 — At Tatum, Art Castro threw four touchdown passes and scored two TDs himself as the Coyotes ran away from Clovis Christian in the season opener for the Eagles.
Castro threw a 2-yard TD pass to Jorge Sanchez in the first quarter and later returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown as the Coyotes built an 18-0 lead.
Castro added scoring tosses of 35 yards to Rene Cruz and 5 yards to Rusty Hale in the second quarter. He then finished off the scoring in the third quarter — the game ended in that period on the state’s 45-point lead run after halftime in six-man games — with a 5-yard TD pass to Gary Herrera and a 60-yard touchdown run.
FORT SUMNER 32, CAPITAN 10 — At Capitan, the Foxes found themselves down 10-7 at halftime before erupting for three third-quarter touchdowns.
Senior Brandon Vinson ran for a pair of TDs in the third quarter for Fort Sumner (2-0), while sophomore quarterback Derek Dimitroff ran 62 yards for a first-quarter score and threw a 50-yard scoring pass to Ryan Fikany in the final stanza. The other tally came on a three-yard quarterback keeper by senior Jameson West in the third period.
TEXICO 28, DEXTER 0 — At Dexter, the Wolverines had their hands full before breaking the game open with three touchdowns in the final eight minutes to improve to 2-0 for the season.
Meantime, Texico’s defense came up with goalline stands against the Demons (1-1) in both the second and third quarters to preserve a tenuous 7-0 lead.
Junior Johnny Serrano scored on a 6-yard run in the first quarter after an interception by junior free safety Garett Mayfield set the Wolverines up deep in Dexter territory. Serrano then added an 8-yard TD run early in the final quarter to make it 13-0.
Senior fullback Mark Peabody scored on runs of 6 and 2 yards in the final four minutes. The latter score was set up when senior end Joe Zaikowski forced a fumble recovered by Jared Curtis deep in Dexter territory.