Foxes prepare for test from undefeated Rattlers

Fort Sumner has already faced one member of potent District 2-2A, and the Foxes are about to meet two more.

The Foxes (4-1), who got credit for two wins last week when they beat Escalante after both teams' scheduled opponents had to forfeit because of a brawl in their game a week earlier, travel to Tucumcari (4-0) for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Fort Sumner lost to Santa Rosa, top-ranked in Class 2A, in its season opener and hosts Texico (4-0) next Friday.

In addition to finding out a lot about his own team with these games, Fort Sumner coach Matt Moyer should get a pretty good idea of 2-2A, which is a combined 15-0 so far this season.

"If they can all stay healthy, (teams that come out of) that district will all have been battle-tested," he said.

Fort Sumner hasn't faced the Rattlers in about 10 years. Tucumcari is enjoying one of its best seasons in recent memory, though, and should give the Foxes a severe test.

"They're pretty good; they're big, fast, strong," Moyer said. "They play power football (on offense), and they run a 5-3 defense so they're going to man you up on the back side (in pass coverage.

"They solo everything up because they've got great athletes."

In other area games tonight:

Melrose (0-4) at Springer/Maxwell (0-4) — Both teams are struggling. Melrose lost to Menaul 50-6 last week while Springer/Maxwell absored a 68-14 loss at Carrizozo.

Farwell (3-1) at Sundown (3-1) — The Steers are looking to extend a three-game winning streak against the Roughnecks, who blew out Crosbyton 48-6 last week.

Hale Center (2-2) at Bovina (2-2) — The Owls, who lost earlier to Farwell 41-40 in double overtime, are coming off a 28-12 win over Olton last week. Bovina dropped a 28-7 decision at Dimmitt.

Alpine (4-0) at Muleshoe (3-1) — Something will have to give in this rare matchup. The visiting Bucks have outscored their first four opponents 174-53; the homestanding Mules have posted a 186-82 scoring margin through four games.

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