Fort Sumner 32, Clayton 15
What happened: Fort Sumner broke open a tight game with a pair of fourth-quarter TDs.
Why it happened: Fort Sumner held a 317-106 edge in rushing yardage over the Yellowjackets.
Offensive hero: Cass Dimitroff rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns for the Foxes.
Record: Fort Sumner 5-3 (1-0 District 2-1A), Clayton 5-3 (0-1).
Melrose 43, Floyd 6
What happened: Melrose dominated from the get-go in winning the 8-man District 4 opener for both teams at Melrose.
Why it happened: The Buffaloes, who turned the ball over nine times (three interceptions, six fumbles) in a 44-6 loss to Springer last week, were able to take care of the ball in this game. “I thought our kids executed better tonight; we were able to hold onto the football,” Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said.
Offensive heroes: Sophomore running back Call Barnard scored three touchdowns and threw for another for the Buffaloes, while senior running back Eric Walker ran for three more scores. Senior Jason Martinez had the only touchdown for the Broncos, a 65-yard run late in the first half.
Records: Floyd 1-5 (0-1 district), Melrose 3-4 (1-0).
Farwell 40, Claude 14
What happened: Farwell rode the passing of Roper Ledbetter and the running of Alex Olmos to a non-district win over the Mustangs.
Why it happened: The Steers piled up more than 500 yards of total offense, including 344 yards on the ground/
Offensive heroes: Ledbetter, getting his secondstart at quarterback for the injured Derrick Chandler, completed 5-of-7 passes for 163 yards, including TD strikes of 44 yards to Cory Chadwick and 56 yards to Brett Howard. Meantime, Olmos rushed for 111 yards and had a pair of 7-yard touchdown runs in the first quarter.
Records: Farwell 4-2, Claude 2-4.
Bovina 56, Sudan 0
What happened: Bovina opened District 4-1A play with an easy win over the Hornets.
Why it happened: The Mustangs rolled up 448 yards, including 409 on the ground. Meanwhile, Bovina’s defense held Sudan to minus-23 yards rushing and a net of just 15 yards.
Offensive hero: Trent Quintana rushed for 100 yards and two TDs and also had a 9-yard scoring toss to James Lara.
Records: Bovina 5-2 (1-0 district), Sudan 2-3 (0-1).
Muleshoe 42, Tulia 14
What happened: The Mules moved closer to nailing down a playoff berth and a possible District 2-2A title with their easy win over the Hornets.
Why it happened: Muleshoe put together a balaned attack with more than 200 yards each rushing and passing.
Offensive heroes: Quarterback Garrett Riley went 19-for-25 passing for 237 yards and two touchdowns, both to Brant Hamilton. Hamilton, who also ran for a TD, caught 7 passes for 113 yards while Eric Washington rushed for 109 yards on 12 carries.
Records: Tulia 3-3 (1-1 district), Muleshoe 6-1 (3-0).