3rd & short — Safety haunts Bovina

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer

News and note from last week’s area prep football games.

Leading Morton 7-0 late in the fourth quarter, Bovina faced fourth-and-forever deep in its own territory.

Bovina elected to take a safety instead of giving Morton potentially great field position.

But the move backfired when Morton quarterback Brandon Eubanks threw up a home run ball that was tipped by a defender, juggled, and finally caught by Jacob Saballa for a 65-yard touchdown.

In retrospect, Bovina coach Kent Torbert called the intentional safety “a calculated risk that didn’t pay off.”

The Mustangs also had to deal with a weather delay before the start of the second half.

“We had the momentum stolen from us a little bit,” Tobert said of the 1 1/2-hour delay.

• Melrose quarterback Brock Graham and receiver Cedar Rush had a busy second quarter, hooking up for touchdown passes of 40, 43 and 8 yards in a 50-28 win over Gateway Christian.

• Portales junior Eric Segovia had his coming out party Friday, torching West Las Vegas for 201 yards and five touchdowns.

• Carlos Ruiz is more than just an all-state running back. The Melrose senior rushed for a touchdown in the first quarter, returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the third, and returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth.

• A lot has to go wrong to lose a game 48-0. Here is Hagerman’s list in its loss to Fort Sumner; 105 penalty yards, 14 passing yards, 46 rushing yards, 429 yards against.

• Texico forced forced eight turnovers — six fumbles and two interceptions — while pushing its winning streak to 27 games with a 33-6 win over Smyer, Texas.

• Muleshoe shared the offensive wealth in its 35-0 win over Friona. Nine receivers caught passes, six backs carried the ball and Brant Hamilton and Garrett Riley combined to complete 14 of 22 passes for 263 yards and a touchdown.

• The most exciting 15 seconds of the weekend — Gateway vs. Melrose. Third quarter, 2:46-2:31, Jevvon Hunter connects with Ray Vaz for a 5-yard score for Gateway. PAT is good. Ruiz takes the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, PAT failed.

Longest scoring plays
• Ruiz, Melrose, 75-yard kickoff return
• Saballa, Morton, 65-yard pass from Brandon Eubanks
• Josh Guevara, Bovina, 55-yard run.
• Segovia, Portales, 51-yard run.
• Ryan Fikany, Fort Sumner, 45-yard interception return.