All Times MDT
HAGERMAN (1-5) AT TEXICO (5-0)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday (Homecoming)
LAST WEEK: Texico blanked Tucumcari 40-0 at Tucumcari. Hagerman, which has had three coaches in the last three years and whose roster includes only six seniors and four juniors, lost at Loving 48-0.
LAST MEETING: 2002, Texico shut out the Bobcats 35-0 at Hagerman.
HAGERMAN PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jacob Aguilar, Fr., QB-DB; Allen Pilley, So., RB-DB; Travis Hamilton, Fr., OT-DT; Jason Medrano, So., G-DT.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Texico hopes to focus on the task at hand after its surprisingly easy win at Tucumcari in a battle of top-ranked teams (Texico in Class 1A, Tucumcari in Class 2A). “We don’t really worry about anybody else; we just try to do what we can do,” Wolverines coach Mike Prokop said.
QUOTABLE: “They’re better than their record indicates. They’ve still got a good, solid ballclub, but they’re just real young.” — Texico coach Mike Prokop on the Bobcats, who won a 1A state championship in 2000.
FORT SUMNER (4-2) AT ESCALANTE (3-1)
WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday
LAST WEEK: Fort Sumner lost at Clayton 34-13. Escalante won a Saturday game at Mora 24-6.
LAST MEETING: 2002, the Foxes blanked Escalante 61-0 at Fort Sumner.
ESCALANTE PLAYERS TO WATCH: George Galban, Sr., WR-CB; Marcos Polaco, Sr., TB-LB; Augustine Salazar, Sr., OT-DT.
KEYS TO THE GAME: For the second time in three weeks, Fort Sumner coach Mario Martinez and his squad find themselves in a somewhat unfamiliar position — trying to rebound from a loss. Escalante appears to have improved, based on its record, but it’s still a game the Foxes should win.
QUOTABLE: “The Clayton game, in my opinion, could’ve been a lot closer. But that’s just the way it goes.” — Fort Sumner coach Mario Martinez, who lost two-way starters Roel Canales and Derek Dimitroff to injury early against the Yellowjackets.
CLOVIS CHRISTIAN (2-2) AT MELROSE (4-2)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday (Homecoming)
LAST WEEK: CCS lost at Logan 58-6. Melrose was beaten at home by Tatum 62-30.
LAST MEETING: 2002, the Buffaloes overcame at early 18-6 deficit to beat CCS 72-50 at Jim Hill Field.
CCS PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cory Hastings, Sr., RB-LB; Chris Mitchell, So., RB-DE; Gage Bonestroo, Sr., C-DL.
MELROSE PLAYERS TO WATCH: Carlos Ruiz, So., QB-DB; Brock Graham, So., QB-DB; Harvey Park, Sr., WR-LB.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Hastings and Ruiz are the big-play players for their respective teams. Ruiz missed last week’s game with a deep knee bruise and may or may not play against the Eagles.
QUOTABLE: “We’re a very young team. After (the players) get their legs under them, we’ll be all right. As long as they compete, we’ll be OK.” — CCS coach Greg Darden.
FARWELL (5-0) AT NAZARETH (3-3)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday
LAST WEEK: While the Steers rested during an off-week, Nazareth beat up on the Lubbock Monterey sophomores 41-12.
LAST MEETING: 2002, the Swifts rolled over Farwell by a 30-0 count. Nazareth went through the District 4-1A schedule unbeaten.
NAZARETH PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jordy Rowland, Sr., QB; Trey Robb, Sr., RB.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Rowland has already thrown for more than 1,500 yards, but the Steers will also have to look out for his ability as a runner. Rowland rushed for 180 yards in the first half of last week’s win.
QUOTABLE: “We didn’t really get anybody back who was injured, but we didn’t lose anybody else. The ones who were kind of bruised and beat up are healthy now.” — Farwell coach Jacob Thompson, on the week off.
MULESHOE (2-3) AT LITTLEFIELD (3-2)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday
LAST WEEK: The Mules were idle and scouting the Wildcats, who were falling to Idalou 34-18.
LAST MEETING: Muleshoe scored two quick touchdowns and rode that spurt to a 22-7 victory over Littlefield in 2002.
Littlefield players to watch: Tyson Reed, Sr., RB; Jonas Camacho, So., RB.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Reed will play at different positions to utilize the speed of the district’s 100-meter track champ, which the Mules’ defense will need to keep in check.
QUOTABLE: “We play good against them. It seems like we always rise to the occasion. It’s always been a good game between the two schools, but we’ve had the upper hand the last three or four years.” — Muleshoe coach David Wood.
HART (1-4) AT BOVINA (4-2)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Friday
LAST WEEK: Bovina defeated the Amarillo Tascosa junior varsity squad 12-7. Hart was edged by Petersburg 10-7.
Last meeting: The Longhorns beat Bovina 23-13 on their home field in Hart.
HART PLAYERS TO WATCH: Roy Robledo, Sr., RB; Eran Castillo, Sr., QB.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Bovina may need to keep its running attack, led by Jonathan Chisom’s 965 yards so far, between the tackles this week to counter a quick Hart defense.
QUOTABLE: “We haven’t won a district game, on the field, in three years. The only win was a forfeit by Kress last year, so this is a very important game for us.” — Bovina coach Kent Torbert.
— Compiled by Dave Wagner and Eric Butler