Melrose 44, Tatum 14
Records: Tatum 5-4 (1-2 8-man District 3), Melrose 5-3 (2-1)
Difference: Sophomore Rowdy Allen’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter opened an 18-0 lead for the Buffaloes, and they cruised from there.
Difference-makers: Sophomore Wyatt Williams scored two first-quarter touchdowns for the Buffs, while sophomore Tanner Dickerson threw for one and ran for another. Allen added a second TD on a five-yard run in the final period.
Of note: Both teams are likely to make the six-team playoff field in 8-man, but this game probably determined who would get a home game next week and who would have to travel.
Quotable: “They’re solid and well-coached, and it’s always a battle when we play them. We got pressure on their quarterback, and that made a difference.” — Melrose coach Dickie Roybal.
Childress 19, Muleshoe 14
Records: Childress 6-3 (3-1 District 1-2A Division I), Muleshoe 4-5 (2-2)
Difference: Da’Shoud Hughes scored on an 11-yard run with 4:33 left to give the Bobcats, who trailed 14-0 at halftime, their only lead of the night. Childress outgained Muleshoe for the game 361-191, holding the Mules to just eight yards on the ground.
Difference-makers: Hughes, who got the Bobcats on the board with a 69-yard run late in the third quarter, finished with 183 yards on 22 carries. For Muleshoe, sophomore QB Danny Campos completed 22-of-33 passes for 183 yards. He ran for a first-quarter score, and threw a 19-yard TD pass to senior WR Eli Leal with less than two minutes left in the half.
Of note: Childress cemented its hold on second place in the district. Muleshoe, which closes at first-place Littlefield next week, should still get one of the district’s four playoff berths no matter what happens next week.
Farwell 34, Springlake-Earth 0
Records: Springlake-Earth 3-6 (2-1 District 3-1A Division II), Farwell 6-4 (3-1)
Difference: The Steers erupted for 21 second-quarter points, then preserved their shutout by stoning the Wolverines after a first-and-goal on the 1 in the third quarter.
Difference-makers: Senior RB Dillon Kirkland rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns and was also in on eight tackles for the Steers, while junior QB J.J. Herrera completed 8-of-12 passes for 195 yards, including an 8-yard TD pass to junior WR Curt Langford just before halftime.
Of note: Farwell, which has a bye next week, is guaranteed no worse than the No. 2 seed in the district, but the Wolverines can force a three-way tie with Sudan if they beat Bovina and the Hornets top last-place Morton nest week.
Sudan 28, Bovina 21
Records: Sudan (5-4, 2-1 District 3-1A Division II), Bovina 2-6 (1-2)
Difference: Sudan RB Barry Johnson threw a 50-yard TD pass to Tanner Fisher early in the final quarter as the Hornets rallied from deficits of 14-0 and 21-7.
Difference-makers: Sudan, Johnson scored three touchdowns and rushed for 186 yards on 24 carries. The pass to Fisher was his only throw of the game. Bovina, junior QB Joseph Casas ran for one touchdown and threw for another, completing 8-of-13 passes for 121 yards and gaining 65 yards rushing on 17 carries. Senior RB Alejandro Guevara added 110 yards on the ground on 24 carries, and scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter.
Of note: Sudan put itself in good position to earn one of the district’s three postseason berths. Bovina, which has reached the third-round of the Class 1A Division II playoffs each of the last two seasons, needs a win at Springlake-Earth next week to have a chance.
— CMI staff