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Friday area prep football capsules — Oct. 24

Texico at Dexter

• When: 7 p.m. today in a District 4-3A game

• Records: Texico 2-5 (0-0), Dexter 5-2 (0-0)

• Last week: The Wolverines had an open date. Dexter won at home over Navajo Prep 46-16.

• Last year: The Demons scored with less than two minutes left to edge Texico 7-0.

• Of note: The teams had played in the season opener for several years, but became district rivals under the NMAA’s new alignment this season. … Dexter is ranked fourth in 3A, Texico sixth. … Wolverines coach Ryan Autrey said top players for the Demons include junior QB/LB Dominic Lomeli and junior RB/DB Gabino Rodriguez. “Their athleticism is really similar to Farwell, but they’re not as big up front,” Autrey said. … The Demons are probably the favorite in the district race, but Autrey isn’t ready to overlook anyone. “We need to play well this week and we need to play well the next two weeks,” he said.

Hagerman at Fort Sumner

• When: 7 p.m. today in a District 2-2A game

• Records: Hagerman 7-1 (1-0), Fort Sumner 4-4 (0-0)

• Last week: Hagerman won its district opener at home over Jal 67-32. Fort Sumner lost at home to Loving 26-23.

• Last year: The Bobcats defeated Fort Sumner 52-0 at Hagerman.

• Of note: Following a four-game winning streak, the Foxes have hit hard times the last two weeks with some injuries to key players. Fort Sumner coach Matt Moyer said seven players have been lost, probably for the season. … Hagerman and Fort Sumner have met several times in the past 15 years or so for what was then the Class 1A state title. … With top rushers Kyle Idtensohn (broken collarbone) and Jacobo Ortiz (concussion) out, Moyer said the Foxes intend to have senior QB Garrett Hisel pick up some of the rushing slack. “We still have to be able to move the ball on the ground to stay in the game,” Moyer said. … Hagerman is currently ranked No. 1 in Class 2A while the Foxes are third, behind unbeaten Escalante. “They throw the ball well,” Moyer said of the Bobcats. “Their quarterback (senior Alejandro Ramos) and tailback (senior Michael Veloz) are very good.”

Dora at Melrose

• When: 7 p.m. today in an 8-man District 4 game

• Records: Dora 5-3 (0-1), Melrose 6-1 (1-0)

• Last week: Dora lost to Tatum 44-14, while Melrose defeated Gateway Christian 38-12 at Roswell.

• Last year: The teams did not meet.

• Of note: Buffaloes coach Dickie Roybal coached his 200th game at the school last week (155-45). … The Coyotes are in their first year in 8-man after moving up from 6-man. … After a soft middle of the schedule, the Buffs played well last week at Gateway. “We played a pretty good second half,” Roybal said of the Buffs’ 24-0 dominance over the final two stanzas. … Melrose is currently ranked No. 3 in 8-man, Dora No. 7. … Senior QB Eddie Arzate leads the Dora attack. Roybal said the Coyotes run a version of the single-wing. “Defensively, we have to contain Arzate,” Roybal said. “They’ve got a big (defensive) line, and we’ll have to do a god job of blocking them.”

Clovis Christian at Vaughn

• When: 2:30 p.m. on Saturday

• Records: Clovis Christian 4-3, Vaughn 2-5

• Last week: CCS beat Calvary West Christian 67-19 at Jim Hill Field. Vaughn won at Reserve 63-25.

• Last year: The teams did not meet.

• Of note: CCS, which did not field a team in 2013, is finishing the campaign with this game and hoping to go out with a winning record for seniors J.V. Perales, Tucker Fly and Will Ramsey. … Both teams are nicknamed “Eagles.” … “They kind of do a little bit of everything,” interim CCS coach Chad Patton said of Vaughn. “They run some tight formation, and I’ve heard they run some spread so we’re kind of preparing for both.”

Farwell at Vega

• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today in a District 2-2A Division II game

• Records: Farwell 6-1 (2-0), Vega 5-2 (1-0)

• Last week: The Steers defeated Bovina 38-20 at Farwell. The Longhorns had an open date.

• Last year: The teams did not meet. Vega was added to the district this season.

• Of note: All five teams in the district are 5-3 or better overall. … Vega’s most recent game was a 31-0 win at Bovina in which they forced the Mustangs into six turnovers. “They’re pretty darned good,” Farwell coach Danny Brittain said of the Longhorns. “They’ve got a good quarterback and a couple of good running backs.” … Brittain said the Longhorns rely on creating turnovers. “When they get those turnovers, they tend to try to score quick on you by throwing it deep,” he said. … The Steers are in good shape in the district, probably needing just one win in their final two district games to lock down a playoff berth.

Springlake-Earth at Bovina

• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) in a District 2-2A Division II game

• Records: Springlake-Earth 5-2 (1-0), Bovina 5-3 (0-2)

• Last week: The Wolverines won 42-24 at Sudan. Bovina lost at Farwell 38-20.

• Last year: Springlake-Earth outlasted the Mustangs 16-15 in double-overtime at Earth, Texas.

• Of note: The Mustangs probably need two wins to make it into the postseason for the seventh time in coach Hector Guevara’s nine seasons. “It’ll be another tough one,” he said of tonight’s matchup. “On paper, I guess our district is one of the toughest in the area.” … Friday’s loss to the rival Steers was a tough one to take, with Farwell erasing a two-point deficit by scoring three times in the final four minutes. “We played really well on Friday,” Guevara said. “We just came up short at the end. You can’t take anything away from Farwell, but we didn’t take advantage of some of the opportunities we had.”

Muleshoe at Childress

• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today

• Records: Muleshoe 4-3 (2-0), Childress 3-4 (1-1)

• Last week: Muleshoe routed Friona 55-7 at home, while the Bobcats posted a 37-7 victory over Dimmitt.

• Last year: The Bobcats overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit to edge the Mules 19-14 at Muleshoe.

• Of note: Last year’s loss was the first against Childress for the Mules, veteran coach David Wood said. The Bobcats rallied with the help of a 69-yard punt return and a 96-yard run. … The teams have had no common opponents so far in district play — Muleshoe has beaten Amarillo River Road and Friona, allowing only 14 points in the process, while the Bobcats thumped Dimmitt 37-7 and lost a tough one to Littlefield 20-12. … Wood said Childress likes to run the ball and use a short passing game. … Key players for the Bobcats include senior WR/LB Kaden Keys, senior WR/CB Chazten Brown and junior QB/FS Bryce Bowman. “I like our matchups,” Wood said. “They’re a lot bigger than us on the lines, but they’re not as quick as they’ve been in the past.” … Like Farwell, the Mules are probably one win away from ensuring a playoff berth.

— Compiled by Dave Wagner

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