Area high school football capsules

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All Times MDT
TEXICO (7-0) AT EUNICE (2-6)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
DISTRICT 3-1A RECORDS: Texico 1-0, Eunice 0-1.
LAST WEEK: The Wolverines, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, shut out Loving 33-0 at Texico. Eunice lost at Jal 28-7.
LAST MEETING: 2002, Texico cruised to a 41-0 victory over the Cardinals at home.
EUNICE PLAYERS TO WATCH: Edward Charo, Jr., RB; Ranson Fisher, Sr., QB; Manuel Soriano, Sr., OT-DT.
KEYS TO THE GAME: The Wolverines have to stay focused on the task at hand, even though the Cardinals came into the season with a 19-game losing streak.
QUOTABLE: “We should be a favorite, but like I tell the kids, anything can happen.” — Texico coach Mike Prokop.

QUESTA (3-4) AT FORT SUMNER (6-2)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
DISTRICT 2-1A RECORDS: Questa 0-1, Fort Sumner 1-0.
LAST WEEK: Questa lost at home to Springer 49-6, while the Foxes rolled over McCurdy 49-0 at Fort Sumner.
LAST MEETING: 2002, Fort Sumner shut out the Wildcats 39-0 at Questa.
QUESTA PLAYERS TO WATCH: n/a.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Foxes coach Mario Martinez said the Wildcats have a quarterback who is capable of running and throwing the ball, and he will need to be contained.
QUOTABLE: “We played much better against McCurdy. We were very pleased with our effort.” — Fort Sumner coach Mario Martinez, after the Foxes — coming off two losses in the previous three games — did all their scoring before halftiime against McCurdy.

VAUGHN-CORONA (3-3) AT MELROSE (6-2)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
SIX-MAN DISTRICT 3 RECORDS: Vaughn-Corona 0-1, Melrose 1-0.
LAST WEEK: Vaughn-Corona did not play. Melrose defeated Floyd 42-26 at home.
LAST MEETING: First time teams have played since Vaughn and Corona combined for football. The Buffaloes beat Corona in the six-man quarterfinals in 1999 at Melrose en route to a state championship.
VAUGHN-CORONA PLAYERS TO WATCH: Chris Matson, So., RB-DB; Josh Diaz, Sr., RB-DE; Kevin Garcia, Sr., C-DT; J.R. Shafer, So., WR-LB.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said the Wings like to try to spread teams out. “They do some decent things, but you can tell they’re still green,” he said.
QUOTABLE: “It’s one of those games we should win. Hopefully, it’s one of those games where the kids who don’t get to play at lot get to play.” — Melrose coach Dickie Roybal, whose team would clinch the district title with a win.

FLOYD (5-3) AT CLOVIS CHRISTIAN (2-3)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday (Jim Hill Field)
LAST WEEK: Floyd lost at Melrose 42-26. CCS did not play.
LAST MEETING: 2002, Floyd defeated the Eagles 63-43 at Floyd.
FLOYD PLAYERS TO WATCH: Chance Chenault, Sr., WR; Jerrod Long, So., QB.
KEYS TO THE GAME: For Clovis Christian to hang with the Broncos, it must be able to contain Floyd’s speed.
QUOTABLE: “(The open date) helped us to get some kids healed up. I think the kids are going to do good this week.” — Clovis Christian coach Greg Darden.

DIMMITT (0-7) AT MULESHOE (2-5)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday
DISTRICT 2-3A RECORDS: Dimmitt 0-2, Muleshoe 0-2.
LAST WEEK: The Mules lost to Brownfield 22-15 after leading 15-14 at halftime. Dimmitt fell to Littlefield 35-12.
LAST MEETING: 2002, the Bobcats won a seesaw game from Muleshoe in Dimmitt 24-20.
DIMMITT PLAYERS TO WATCH: Nicky Gauna, Sr., QB; Tyler Myatt, Jr., WR.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Preventing a letdown, especially in the second half, is crucial for Muleshoe. The winless Bobcats also sport a versatile weapon in Gauna, around whom their shotgun offense revolves.
QUOTABLE: “They run four receivers, sometimes five, in their offense. We’ve got several plans against them — put pressure on him (Gauna), zone coverage, man coverage. They’re responding well.” — Muleshoe coach David Wood, on his defense’s preparation to face a shotgun team for the first time this year.

NAZARETH (3-3) AT BOVINA (6-2)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday
DISTRICT 4-1A RECORDS: Nazareth 1-0, Bovina 2-0.
LAST WEEK: Bovina knocked off Springlake-Earth 23-8, while Naz was open.
LAST MEETING: 2002, the Swifts handily defeated the Mustangs by a 41-13 count in Nazareth.
NAZARETH PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jordy Rowland, Sr., QB; Trey Robb, Sr., WR-RB.
KEYS TO THE GAME: The Swifts are prolific with the passing game, going to the air more than 75 percent of the time. Rowland, who had thrown for 1,400 yards this season, cannot be allowed an ample amount of time if Bovina expects to win.
QUOTABLE: “We’re going to try to get some heat on Jordy — he’s a big, tall quarterback, about 6-1. He’s got a gun and if he stands back there and is given time, he’ll pick you apart. We need to get somebody in his face, somehow.” — Bovina coach Kent Torbert.

— Compiled by Dave Wagner
and Eric Butler