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Friday area prep football capsules — Oct. 31

Eunice at Texico

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

• Records: Eunice 4-4 (1-0), Texico 2-6 (0-1)

• Last week: The Cardinals routed Loving 60-34 on the road. Texico lost at Dexter 19-18.

• Last year: The Wolverines rolled to a 39-7 victory at Eunice

• Of note: Despite a five-game losing streak, which includes a pair of one-point setbacks, the Wolverines are still ranked eighth in Class 3A and, with wins in their final two games, should secure a homefield game in the first round of the playoffs. “We’re just trying to take it one game at a time and get better each week,” Texico coach Ryan Autrey said. … Eunice, ranked ninth, has struggled off and on in football, but is coming in on a four-game winning streak in which the Cardinals have averaged more than 60 points. “They can score points,” Autrey said. “They’ve got some good athletes at the skill positions. They’re pretty comparable to Dexter in what they do.” … Top players for the Cardinals include senior QB/OLB Ivan Zamora and junior FB/OLB Aaron Madrid.

Fort Sumner at Jal

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

• Records: Fort Sumner 4-5 (0-1), Jal 1-7 (0-1)

• Last week: The Foxes lost at home to Hagerman 58-35. The Panthers had an open date.

• Last year: Jal defeated the Foxes 41-22 at Fort Sumner.

• Of note: With just six teams active in Class 2A, Fort Sumner should extend its streak of playoff berths to 22 no matter what. The Foxes, ranked third, could be left out of the four-team playoffs with a loss, but they own a 51-8 win over fourth-ranked Questa. … The only win for Jal, ranked fifth, was a 34-19 decision over Mesilla Valley on Sept. 26. The Panthers, who played a challenging early schedule, have scored eight points or less six times, including four shutout losses. … A fast start would help Fort Sumner, which is injury-ravaged and comes in on a two-game losing streak. “They’re pretty physical,” coach Matt Moyer said of the Panthers. “I think if you can get on them early, it plays to your benefit. If you don’t, it could be a tough game.” … The Panthers have played some spread offense and some power-style football this season. “We’re kind of preparing for both,” Moyer said. … Fort Sumner, hampered by a rash of injuries this season, gave up five scoring plays of more than 50 yards last week, including two kickoff returns for touchdowns. “We’ve got to quit giving up big plays, especially on kickoffs,” Moyer said.

Melrose at Tatum

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

• Records: Melrose 7-1 (2-0), Tatum 6-2 (1-1)

• Last week: The Buffaloes defeated Dora 44-14 at Melrose. The Coyotes lost at home to Gateway Christian 22-14.

• Last year: Melrose won at Tatum 44-14.

• Of note: The Buffs and Coyotes have gone at it as rivals for a long time, including several times in state finals. “It’s going to be a typical game, just like was against Gateway (Christian),” Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said. … So far, the Buffs have enjoyed relatively good health this fall. “The biggest thing is we don’t have any injuries,” Roybal said. “That’s been real helpful.” … Ranked third in 8-man, Melrose is all but assured a playoff berth. A win would probably keep the Buffs at No. 3, or perhaps bump them up a notch, although second-ranked Magdalena and top-ranked Logan are both undefeated. Tatum is ranked fifth. … Assuming the Buffs earn the third seed and then make it past next week’s quarterfinals to a semifinal matchup against Magdalena, home field would be determined by a coin flip. If they play Logan, Roybal said the Buffs would host the Longhorns.

Farwell vs. Lindsay (Texas)

• When: 7 p.m. (CDT) today in a non-district game at Childress

• Records: Farwell 7-1, Lindsay 8-0

• Last week: The Steers won at Vega 26-7 in District 2-2A Division II Region I play. The Knights won at Era 33-6 in District 9-2A Division II Region III play.

• Last year: The teams did not meet.

• Of note: The game was scheduled before Steers coach Danny Brittain took over the program this season, but he’s familiar with the Knights from his days his previous stop in Nocona (Texas). He said Nocona has played Lindsay in baseball and basketball but not football. The teams are scheduled to play again next year. “I knew when I saw them on the schedule it would be a tough game,” Brittain said. … Lindsay, located northwest of Dallas, has outscored its opponents 280-63 so far this season, compared to 219-199 for the Steers. “They’ve got lots of speed,” Brittain said. “They run it right at you and have a pretty good-sized line. It should be a good test for us.” … If the teams were to meet in postseason, it would be in the state championship game in mid-December at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Bovina at Sudan

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

• Records: Bovina 5-4 (0-3), Sudan 5-3 (0-2)

• Last week: The Mustangs lost a shootout at home to Springlake-Earth 41-35. The Hornets had an open date.

• Last year: Sudan edged the Mustangs 28-21 at Bovina.

• Of note: The Mustangs are a long shot for a playoff berth, needing a win tonight and a Sudan victory next week at Vega to create a three-way tie for the third spot from the district. In that case, it would come down to a points tiebreaker. … Top players for the Hornets are senior RB/OLB Barry Johnson and junior QB Stephen Schovajsa. Mustangs coach Hector Guevara said the Hornets run the ball “about 90 percent” of the time. … Big plays have hurt Bovina. “We’ve got to maintain drives and not give up big plays,” Guevara said. “If they’re going to score, we’ve got to make them earn it.”

Dimmitt at Muleshoe

• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today in a District 1-3A Division I game

• Records: Dimmitt 1-7 (0-3), Muleshoe 5-3 (3-0)

• Last week: The Bobcats absorbed a 42-15 setback at Littlefield. The Mules won at Childress 44-14.

• Last year: Muleshoe cruised to a 55-0 victory at Dimmitt.

• Of note: The Mules have recovered from a 1-3 start to win four in a row. They’re looking to set up a showdown at rival Littlefield next week for the district championship. … Things have been running so smoothly for the Mules that they haven’t had to punt in their last three games. Coach David Wood said that’s the first time he remembers that happening in his 19 years. “We’ve gotten on a role,” he said. “We feel good about things. Our defense has played extremely well the last three games.” … The Bobcats have clearly been struggling. “They’ve lost some good players,” Wood said. “They’ve tried a couple of different players at quarterback.” … Wood said the Bobcats are the biggest team the Mules have played this season, averaging around 270 pounds on the offensive line.

— Compiled by Dave Wagner