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News, notes and numbers: Three unbeatens left

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Bovina senior Joseph Casas looks to pass to a receiver, while sophomore Emilio Espinoza provides pass protection in the first quarter of Friday night’s game against Ralls.

Three weeks into the season, there are three undefeated area football teams left — Bovina, Melrose and Clovis Christian.

All three figure to face stiff tests this week.

Bovina (3-0) faces undefeated Crosbyton (3-0), which is averaging 40 points game.

Melrose (2-0) also faces an unbeaten foe in former district rival Logan (3-0). Melrose hasn’t played a full game yet, beating its first two opponents by a combined score of 108-8.

Clovis Christian (2-0) faces its first varsity opponent in Lazbuddie (1-2).

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Two of the area’s top small-school volleyball teams meet tonight when defending Class 1A champion Fort Sumner plays at Texico.

The Vixens are 4-2 after Tuesday’s sweep of Dexter.

Texico is 4-1 on the season, with its only loss to undefeated Class 6A Santa Fe High in a tournament in Moriarty. The Class 3A Lady Wolverines, who are led by 5-10 sophomore middle Jasmine Gannon and 5-9 senior outside hitter Brianna Reyna, beat 6A Valley in the same tournament.

The Class 2A Vixens are led by 5-9 senior middle Codi Scovel-Wood.

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Fort Sumner junior running back Kyle Idtensohn’s 372-yard rushing effort in last week’s 51-8 win over Questa is the sixth-best rushing performance in 11-man state history, according to the New Mexico Activities Association.

Ironically, his total is eight yards better than Escalante’s Reynaldo Atencio, who rushed for 364 yards against Questa in 2012.

Eight of the top 10 performances have come since 2004. Manzano’s Reggie Waites gained 380 yards against West Mesa in 1977 and Lovington’s Perry Howard gained 320 yards against Tucumcari in 1983.

The all-time leader is Bernalillo’s Greg Lucero, with 446 yards against Taos in 2006.

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Fort Sumner is not only the smallest in school enrollment among the seven Class 2A football teams with 96 students, there are 10 schools playing 8-man football with larger enrollments, topped by Menaul with 148 students in the ninth through 12th grades.

Here is a look at how other area schools are ranked in enrollment:

• Clovis, fifth in Class 6A with an average of 2,218. Rio Rancho is first with 2,421 and Hobbs fourth with 2,295.

Farmington is the smallest 6A school at 1,344.

• In Class 4A, Portales is the third-largest school with 784, 13 behind No. 1 Bloomfield at 797.

Zuni brings up the rear at 333.

• In Class 3A, Texico is sandwiched between former district rivals Santa Rosa and Clayton at 24th (162 students) among 29 teams.

Crownpoint (322) is the largest and Desert Academy (150) the smallest.

• In 8-man, Melrose is near the bottom with an enrollment of 52. Only Carrizozo, with 48 students, is smaller among non co-op teams.

— Compiled by managing editor Rick White