Melrose returns to six-man title game

CNJ staff

LOGAN — The Melrose Buffaloes are ready to defend their state six-man football championship.

Senior Brock Graham ran for three touchdowns and caught a scoring pass from Carlos Ruiz and sophomore Adam Hairgrove added three touchdowns and a safety Friday night as the Buffs routed District 3 rival Logan 86-40 in a semifinal matchup.

Melrose (11-0), which beat district rival Floyd to win the title last year, will play Gateway Christian (9-1) in the finals either Friday night or Saturday afternoon. The site will be determined Monday by a coin flip, Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said.

Gateway outlasted Mountainair 68-62 in three overtimes in the other semifinal game Friday night at Roswell.

Melrose beat the Warriors 50-28 in the season opener at Melrose on Aug. 26.

Trailing Logan 14-8, Melrose broke the game open with a 42-point second quarter capped by a 62-yard touchdown run by senior Carlos Ruiz with two seconds left in the half.

“Our kids did a great job,” Roybal said. “It was an all-around effort. Our kids were just focused tonight.”

Six-man semifinals
Melrose 86, Logan 40
Melrose 8 42 16 20 — 86
Logan 14 14 12 0 — 40
Scoring summary
First quarter
M — Brock Graham 59-yard pass from Carlos Ruiz (kick failed), 8:54
M — Safety, Adam Hairgrave sacked Logan QB Drew Perez in end zone, 7:34
L — Perez 30-yard run (kick failed), 3:04
L — Josh Abercrombie 20-yard pass from Perez (Abercrombie kick), 2:00
Second quarter
M — Ruiz 66-yard run (Ramon Arenivar kick), 8:59
L — Josh Franco 10-yard run (kick failed), 6:10
M — Cedar Rush 65-yard run (Arenivar kick), 6:00
L — Franco 45-yard pass from Perez (Abercrombie kick), 5:24
M — Graham 30-yard run (Arenivar kick), 4:06
M — Graham 17-yard pass from Ruiz (kick failed), 1:15
M — Ruiz 62-yard run (kick failed), :02
Third quarter
L — Franco 6-yard pass from Perez (kick failed), 7:54
M — Rush 55-yard run (Arenivar kick), 2:59
M — Graham 15-yard run (Arenivar kick), :47
L — Abercrombie 25-yard pass from Perez (kick failed), :26
Fourth quarter
M — Hairgrove 29-yard run (kick failed), 9:34
M — Hairgrove 9-yard run (Arenivar kick), 5:35
M — Hairgrove 1-yard run (no PAT attempt), 5:02
Records — Melrose 11-0, Logan 7-3.

Prep capsules
Littlefield 30, Muleshoe 15
Muleshoe 8-2, 2-2. Littlefield 7-3, 2-2.
Impact: Muleshoe finishes tied for second in District 2-3A and meets Perryton next week in the first round of the playoffs.
Difference: Littlefield’s Stephen Viljoen scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, breaking a 15-15 tie.
Difference-makers: Muleshoe, quarterback Brant Hamilton rushed for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Littlefield, Viljoen rushed for 127 yards and three TDs, including a 50-yarder with 5:46 left.
By the numbers: The teams combined to rush for 527 yards.

Farwell 21, Springlake-Earth 6
Farwell 4-6 (2-2 District 4-1A), Springlake-Earth 2-8 (2-2).
Impact: The Steers rebound after being eliminated from the playoffs last week by a narrow loss to rival Bovina.
Difference: After a scoreless first half, Farwell posted touchdowns on its first two possessions of the third quarter.
Difference-makers: Derrick Chandler, Matthew Edwards, and Logan McFarland each scored touchdowns for the Steers.
By the numbers: 12 — Total points allowed by Farwell the last two weeks.