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Friday area prep football capsules — Sept. 12

Questa (1-1) at Fort Sumner (0-2)

• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today#

• Last week: Both Class 2A teams played up in competition. Questa lost at home to Class 4A Hot Springs 44-20. The Foxes dropped a 41-0 decision to Class 3A New Mexico Military at Roswell.

• Last year: The teams did not meet.

• Of note: The Foxes are playing the first team at their level (Class 2A) after getting shut out in their first two games. … Fort Sumner turned the ball over four times and was limited to 155 total yards in last week’s loss to the Class 3A Colts. … The Wildcats and Foxes played 10 times in 11 years between 1997 and 2007, with the Foxes winning all of them.

CCS (1-0) at Whitharral JV (0-1)

• When: 4:30 p.m. (MDT) today

• Last week: The Eagles won their opener at Jim Hill Field over the Hart JV 34-6. The Panthers dropped a 48-12 decision to the Nazareth JV.

• Last year: The teams have never met.

• Of note: The game was moved from Thursday because officials were not available. Instead, a doubleheader is on tap, with the Whitharral varsity taking on Dawson H.S. of Welch, Texas, in the second game. … CCS coach Josh Johnson said the Panthers run from a tight formation, and generally will run the ball — dives, sweeps and traps. “Whitharral is probably going to be similar to Hart, except they’re probably a litttle more athletic,” he said.

Farwell (1-1) at Hale Center (0-2)

• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today

• Last week: The Steers were beaten at home by Crosbyton 39-20. The Owls dropped a 21-12 verdict to Sudan at Hale Center.

• Last year: The teams did not meet.

• Of note: First-year Farwell coach Danny Brittain said the Owls also have a new coach and are undergoing some growing pains. He said they’ve made late runs to make their first two games competitive. “It looks like they’re starting to figure things out,” Brittain said. “I think they’re a little bit better defensively than offensively right now, watching them on film. They’re still learning the system.” … Brittain was not happy with his team’s overall defense last week. “We seemed to be in the right spot often,” he said. “We just didn’t make the tackle.” … One of Hale Center’s better players is 6-foot-4 senior WR Jay Cannon, who happens to be a second cousin of Brittain’s wife.

Ralls (1-1) at Bovina (2-0)

• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today

• Last week: The Jack Rabbits won at Lubbock Christian 15-12. The Mustangs pulled out an 18-12 victory over Smyer in double overtime at Bovina.

• Last year: The Jack Rabbits edged Bovina 31-28 at Ralls.

• Of note: Mustangs coach Hector Guevara said the Jack Rabbits aren’t hard to figure out. “They run the Veer,” he said. “They run four plays. We’ve got to be very disciplined on defense and do our jobs to be successful.” He said he doesn’t expect Ralls to pass the ball much. … Ralls’ top player is junior RB Eli Van Gundy. … The teams run similar styles on defense, Guevara said. “They’re quick and aggressive, and they tackle well,” he said.

Muleshoe (1-1) at Seagraves (2-0)

• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today

• Last week: The Mules lost to Sweetwater 32-27 at home. Seagraves rolled over Floydada 44-0, also at home.

• Last year: The teams did not meet.

• Of note: The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in Texas Class 2A Division II, have outscored their first two foes by a combined 97-0. They beat Jal (N.M.) 53-0 in their opener. … Mules coach David Wood said the Eagles sought out the game, wanting to play competition at a bit higher level. … Senior RB/LB Cory Kyle rushed for more than 3,000 yards last season, but Wood said the Eagles are hardly a one-man show. “They’re very balanced in what they do,” he said. “You can’t just say, ‘Go tackle (Kyle).’” … The Mules have had two high-scoring nailbiters so far, both at home. They’ve been outscored 78-75 in the two contests.

— Compiled by Dave Wagner

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