Melrose 72, Alamo Navajo 0
• Records: Alamo Navajo 0-1, Melrose 1-0.
• Difference: Melrose scored twice in the first 1:46 of the game and were never challenged in a contest that was ended at halftime by the state’s 45-point rule.
• Difference-makers: Melrose, eighth-grader Cade Barnard ran for three touchdowns and threw for another and Rowdy Allan scored on jaunts of 45 and 30 yards.
• Go figure: The average length of Melrose’s 10 scoring plays was 32.3 yards.
Fort Sumner 55, Cloudcroft 0
• Records: Cloudcroft 0-1, Fort Sumner 1-0.
• Difference: Fort Sumner held Cloudcroft to 9 yards rushing and recovered four fumbles.
• Difference-makers: Cloudcroft, Mitchell Manford threw for touchdown passes of 40 and 84 yards. Fort Sumner, freshman backup QB Hunter Sparks completed 8 of 10 passes for 120 yards and three TDs, two of them to fellow freshman Josh Lopez (50 and 4 yards).
• Of note: Fort Sumner junior defensive end Izzak Baltazar was in on two tackles for safeties. … Fort Sumner did not punt in the game.
• Go figure: Senior RB Michael Giannini averaged 27.3 yards on three carries, including TD runs of 47 and 29 yards in the first three minutes of the game.
Dexter 7, Texico 0
• Records: Texico 0-1, Dexter 1-0.
• Difference: A second-quarter fumble inside the Wolverines’ 10 set the Demons up for the game’s only score, a 1-yard run by senior RB Israel Gonzales on fourth-and-goal inside the one with 1:49 left in the half.
• Difference-makers: For Texico, QB Justin Rucker gained 87 yards on 16 carries and completed 11-of-19 passes for 96 yards, with two INTs. Kendall Naceanceno caught five passes for 55 yards.
• Of note: The Wolverines outgained Dexter 227-109, but committed six turnovers, including four fumbles, to just one for the Demons.
• Coach’s quote: “We got inside the 30 a few times. It was back and forth; we just made some mistakes.” — Texico coach Ryan Autrey.
Shallowater 61, Muleshoe 14
• Records: Shallowater 1-0, Muleshoe 0-1.
• Difference: The Mustangs broke the game open with four touchdowns in less than eight minutes in the second quarter, building a 41-0 halftiime lead.
• Difference-makers: Shallowater’s offense piled up 623 yards, including 522 on the ground, to 247 for Muleshoe. … For the Mules, sophomore QB Danny Campos completed 13-of-25 passes for 171 yards, including a 70-yard strike to senior WR Adrian Ross in the third quarter. Ross caught six passes for 115 yards. … The Mules’ other TD came midway through the final period, a 1-yard run by sophomore RB Nathan Lopez.
— CMI staff