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Friday area prep football capsules — Sept. 26

Fort Sumner at Tucumcari

• When: 7 p.m. today

• Records: Fort Sumner 2-2, Tucumcari 0-4

• Last week: The Foxes won their second in a row, a 60-6 rout at McCurdy. The Rattlers dropped a 30-6 decision at Dexter.

• Last year: The Foxes defeated Tucumcari 21-6 at Fort Sumner.

• Of note: After an 0-2 start, the Foxes have beaten two consecutive foes in their own classification level (2A). The Rattlers are a Class 3A team. … Junior RB Kyle Idtensohn rushed for 251 yards and five touchdowns in Saturday’s lopsided win at McCurdy, a game called about midway through the third quarter on the NMAA’s 50-point mercy rule. Idtensohn’s TD runs covered 28, 17, 42, 25 and 56 yards. … Since a season-opening 34-28 loss at Class 2A Escalante, the Rattlers have been outscored over the past three weeks 118-12.

Mountainair at Melrose

• When: 7 p.m. today

• Records: Mountainair 1-3, Melrose 2-1

• Last week: The Mustangs lost at Dora 54-0, while the Buffaloes led until late in a 47-38 loss at 8-man No. 1 Logan.

• Last year: The Buffs won 54-0 at Mountainair.

• Of note: These teams had some rugged battles over the previous few years before the Mustangs were hit hard by graduation. … Mountainair’s win came at the expense of Alamo Navajo (78-8) on Sept. 12. In their losses, they’ve been outscored 163-8, and Buffs coach Dickie Roybal said the rivalry has been lost, at least for now. In addition, Melrose’s next two games are against first-year programs. “We’ve been working hard in practice, because the next three Friday nights we’re not likely to get the tests we need,” he said. … The Buffs easily could’ve won at Logan, Roybal said. “We played decent,” he said. “(After the game) I thought we’d played well, but after watching film I thought we should’ve done a lot better.”

CCS at San Jon/Grady

• When:4 p.m. today at San Jon

• Records: Clovis Christian 2-1, San Jon/Grady 3-1

• Last year: The teams did not meet

• Last week: CCS suffered its first loss, a 62-41 decision to Lazbuddie at Jim Hill Field. The Coyotes won at Reserve 30-26.

• Of note: After wins over two Texas junior varsities, first-year CCS coach Josh Johnson said the Lazbuddie game was good for his team. “If there’s such a thing as a good loss, I feel like that was it,” he said. “We have eight kids and little varsity experience. We can’t do anything but look up.” … The Coyotes may be the best team the Eagles have seen so far, led by senior WR Gage Conway and sophomore RB Joseph Benavidez. Johnson said Benavidez was hurt against Reserve, however, and doesn’t know his status for this week. “We know they’ve got some speed,” he said of the Coyotes. “They’re a junior-heavy team.” … At least five of the Coyotes’ 15 players are from Grady.

Hale Center at Bovina

• When: 6:30 p.m. (CDT) today

• Records: Hale Center 1-3, Bovina 3-1

• Last week: Hale Center posted its first win, beating Shamrock 19-16, while the Mustangs lost a battle of unbeatens at Crosbyton 59-41.

• Last year: Last yeer’s game at Hale Center was canceled during the first half of play due to lightning.

• Of note: The Mustangs, who trailed in last year’s game when play was halted, have had trouble over the years against Hale Center. “We haven’t beaten them in a while,” Bovina coach Hector Guevara said. “They’ve been struggling a little bit, but they’ve got some good-looking kids.” … He said the Mustangs didn’t play badly last week at Crosbyton. “They’re No. 10 in the state (in Class 2A Division II),” he noted. “They’re pretty good.” … The weather wasn’t all that great last week, Guevara added. “I’m hoping it doesn’t rain this week for a change,” he said. “We played in white jerseys (at Crosbyton) and they all came out brown.” … The Mustangs expect to face a pass-heavy team. “We have to be disciplined on defense,” Guevara said. “They pass the ball well, so our secondary will be tested.”

Kermit at Muleshoe

• When: 6:30 p.m. (CDT) today

• Records: Kermit 1-3, Muleshoe 1-3

• Last week: The Yellow Jackets lost at Alpine, Texas 28-27. The Mules dropped a 32-21 decision at Perryton.

• Last year: The teams did not meet.

• Of note: This is the fourth of five new opponents for the Mules this season. … Mules coach David Wood said Kermit moved junior Jay Workman into the backfield last week and he played well against Alpine, adding that senior QB Jantzen Michel, a lefty, is a capable runner and thrower. … Wood said the Jackets are a spread team, but prefer to run the ball. … The Mules have been involved in tight, relatively high-scoring games through the first four weeks. “I think we let one slip away,” Wood said of the Perryton loss. “I don’t know if we just weren’t focused. It’s hard to put your finger on it.” … This is Muleshoe’s final non-district game. After a bye next week, the Mules begin District 1-3A Division I play on Oct. 10 at Amarillo River Road.

— Compiled by Dave Wagner

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