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Eunice (1-1) at Ft. Sumner (2-0)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Last week: Eunice lost at home to New Mexico Military Institute 49-14. Fort Sumner won at Capitan 32-10.
Last meeting: 2002, Fort Sumner routed the Cardinals 60-0 at Eunice en route to its second consecutive Class 1A state championship.
Eunice players to watch: Edward Charo, Jr., RB; Ranson Fisher, Sr., QB; Manuel Soriano, Sr., OT-DT.
Keys to the game: Fort Sumner is hoping for a better start after finding itself down to Capitan 10-7 at halftime. The Foxes don’t want to give Eunice, which snapped a 19-game losing streak with its opening 40-0 win over Cloudcroft, any sense of hope.
Quotable: “They’re much improved. It’s very evident by watching film that their attitude is much better, and a lot of their younger kids are growing up.” — Fort Sumner coach Mario Martinez, on Eunice.
Melrose (2-0) at Tatum (1-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Last week: Melrose won at Mountainair 58-38 on Saturday, while Tatum blanked Clovis Christian 50-0 at home on Friday.
Last meeting: 2002, Tatum defeated Melrose 77-38 at Tatum.
Tatum players to watch: Rusty Hale, Sr., RB-CB; Art Castro, Sr., QB-LB; Jacob Eubanks, Sr., WR-LB.
Keys to the game: Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said stopping Castro and Hale is paramount. “Both have great speed and both throw the ball well. And we’ve got to play a lot better defense than we did Saturday against Mountainair,” he said.
Quotable: “Right now we’re kind of hurting. We’ve got eight kids at the state fair, including four that go both ways a lot.” — Melrose coach Dickie Roybal, adding that he’s not sure if they’ll be back in time for the game. Also, sophomore running back-defensive end Carlos Ruiz sustained a foot injury in practice on Monday and may miss Friday’s game, Roybal said.
Evangel Christian (0-1) at CCS (0-1)
When: 7 p.m. Friday (Jim Hill Field)
Last week: While CCS lost 50-0 at Tatum on Friday, Albuquerque-based Evangel Christian lost to Faith Triumphant (formerly Faith Temple) 62-6 on Saturday at Portales.
Last meeting: Teams have never played.
Evangel Christian players to watch: n/a.
Keys to the game: Both teams are coming off one-sided losses and just hoping to get something going in the right direction.
Quotable: “They’re loaded, man. They’re a good team. I wouldn’t say you have to play error-free to beat them, but you’ve got to take advantage of your opportunities.” — CCS coach Greg Darden on playing Tatum, the top-ranked team in six-man.
Shallowater (1-1) at Muleshoe (1-1)
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Last week: Muleshoe defeated Amarillo Caprock 40-20, while Shallowater lost to Midland Greenwood 42-20.
Last meeting: 2002, the scheduled contest between the Mules and Mustangs was cancelled because of lightning at gametime in Shallowater.
Shallowater players to watch: Eric Morris, Sr., QB; Eric Vonberg, Sr., RB.
Keys to the game: Both teams have shown the ability to score points. Muleshoe coach David Wood thinks that turnovers could end up being the deciding factor. For its part, the Mules’ offense saw one of its young threats get some needed experience as sophomore Juan Reyes ran for three touchdowns last week.
Quotable: “We really needed that win and we really needed it for our offense — and that’s who got on track. They did a great job.” — David Wood, Muleshoe coach.
Bovina (1-1) at Trin. Fellowship (1-1)
When: Noon Saturday
Last week: Bovina clubbed Lorenzo 30-0 while Trinity Fellowship knocked off Shamrock 20-14.
Last meeting: 2002, the Mustangs blitzed the Lions 41-15 in Bovina.
Trinity Fellowship players to watch: Westin Riley, Sr., RB; Chance Trafton, So., OL.
Keys to the game: Trinity Fellowship is probably aware of what’s in store and will have to keep Bovina’s top running back in check to avoid a repeat of the 2002 blowout loss. “We gave Lorenzo a healthy dose of Jonathan Chisom; he had 162 yards last week, and I imagine we’ll do that again this week,” Bovina coach Kent Torbert said. “But we’re going to try to throw it a little more.”
Quotable: “It was a big win on the road. The kids handled that extremely well — we had a shutout, picked off four passes and they had only 42 yards rushing. Our defense is what we’re really hanging our hat on.” — Bovina coach Kent Torbert of last week’s road win over Lorenzo.
Smyer (0-1) at Farwell (2-0)
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Last week: Farwell edged Petersburg 14-7 after recovering an errant punt snap for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Smyer was shut out 21-0 by Lubbock Christian.
Last meeting: 2002, Farwell jumped out to a 19-0 lead over the Bobcats before hanging on to win 26-19.
Smyer players to watch: Angel Garcia, Jr., QB; Padon Holt, So., OT-DE.
Keys to the game: The Steers will have to halt Smyer’s tricky wishbone offense. “We have to read our keys defensively and make sure we take care of our responsibilities in the option. I think, offensively, our line needs to create some lanes for us to run and throw in,” Farwell coach Jacob Thompson said.
Quotable: “I’m real happy about the way we’re playing right now. Last week was a real defensive battle. Petersburg had a good defense and we gave up (181) total yards — and (73) of it was in the last forty seconds.” — Farwell coach Jacob Thompson of the Buffaloes’ last-gasp attempt to catch the Steers.