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Friday area prep football capsules — Sept. 5

Texico 47, Tucumcari 6

Records: Tucumcari 0-2, Texico 1-1

Difference: The Wolverines had two touchdowns of more than 90 yards, and another called back by an illegal block penalty. They had a 40-0 lead before the Rattlers scored early in the final period on a 45-yard pass from Tyler Ferguson to D’Ontee Sandoval.

Difference-makers: Sophomore Mason Golden broke the scoring ice with a 95-yard run in the first quarter, one play after a 97-yard interception return by Justin Rucker was nullified by a block in the back. Rucker, though had a 92-yard INT return for a score early in the second quarter. … Golden finished with 134 yards rushing on six carries and two TDs while Rucker also had two rushing TDs and 74 yards on six attempts and threw a 20-yard TD pass to Hayden Spears.

Quotable: “We’re still making mistakes, but we’ll enjoy this one for tonight and then go back to work and get ready for Portales next week.” — Wolverines coach Ryan Autrey.

New Mexico Military 41, Fort Sumner 0

Records: Fort Sumner 0-2, NMMI 2-0.

Difference-makers: Senior RB Kivan-Lee Rice rushed for 117 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns, including a 92-yarder for the game’s first score. Senior QB Todd Dennis threw for one score and ran for another, while the Colts’ Dominic Moore capped the scoring with a 55-yard interception return early in the final period.

Melrose 58, Cloudcroft 8

Records: Melrose 2-0, Cloudcroft 1-1

Difference: The Buffaloes broke the game open with a four-touchdown spree in the second quarter, all coming in a span of six minutes early in the period.

Difference-makers: Boone Roberts scored three times for the Buffs — on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, and on passes of 38 and 26 yards from Cade Barnard. Rowdy Allen added a pair of TD runs for Melrose, and Barnard also scored on two runs. … The game ended on the 50-point mercy rule late in the third quarter.

link Staff photo: Tony Bullocks

Farwell junior running back Adrian Aleman pulls away from Crosbyton’s Joaquin Vasquez for a short gain during the first quarter of Friday night’s game at Farwell. The visiting Chiefs beat the Steers 39-20.

Crosbyton 39, Farwell 20

Records: Crosbyton 2-0, Farwell 1-1.

Difference: The Steers turned the ball over three times on interceptions, twice in scoring range, and the Chiefs pulled away after halftime.

Difference-makers: QB J.J. Herrera scored on a 5-yard run in the second quarter and threw a scoring pass to Curt Langford in the final period. The Steers’ other TD came late in the game on a 5-yard run by A.J. Bermea.

Quotable: “We could not overcome our mistakes tonight. But they’re (Chiefs) a pretty good football team. They have two good running backs and a good (offensive) line.” — Farwell coach Danny Brittain.

Dora 40, Mescalero 32

Records: Dora 1-1, Mescalero 0-2

Difference: Senior Jesus Villegas returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, then with the Coyotes leading 34-32, he put the game away with a 40-yard TD run as time expired. Dora led most of the way but could not pull away from the Chiefs, who slipped into the lead briefly one time, Coyotes coach Mason McBee said.

Sweetwater 32, Muleshoe 27

Records: Sweetwater 2-0, Muleshoe 1-1

Difference: After pulling out a 48-46 win over Levelland in dramatic fashion in their opener — the Mules scored 41 points in the second half — Sweetwater held Muleshoe to just six points after halftime in erasing a three-point deficit.

Difference-makers: Sweetwater, Isaiah McGee scored four touchdowns and Jacoby Hunt rushed for 62 yards as the Chiefs compiled 478 total yards, much of it through the air. … Muleshoe finished with 325 yards, with Josh Lopez rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown and Keagan Gonzales catching passes for 89 yards and two scores.

— CMI staff

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