Area prep football capsules — Nov. 1

Estancia (5-4, 1-2) at Texico (4-4, 1-1)
• When: 7 p.m. today in a District 2-2A game
• Last year: The Wolverines pulled out a last-second 32-28 win at Estancia.
• Last week: The Bears routed Tucumcari 47-15 in district play, while the Wolverines had an open date.
• Of note: The Wolverines have met the Bears in Estancia each of the previous four times, winning all of them. … The Bears run a lot of their offense out of a single-wing look. Key players include senior RB Joshua Jaquez and sophomore FB Caleb Ortiz. “They’ve got a real good offense, and their defense is real physical and aggressive,” Wolverines coach Ryan Autrey said. … Texico has won four of five since starting the season 0-3, although they struggled to get past Tucumcari 21-20 in their most recent outing. “I feel like we’re playing pretty well,” Autrey said. “I think we had a little letdown, but they had something to do with that.” … Autrey said the Wolverines appear to be in good shape for a Class 2A playoff berth, but probably need to win at least one of their final two to ensure an opening game at home.

Jal (4-4, 0-1) at Fort Sumner (4-4, 0-1)
• When: 7 p.m. today in District 2-1A game
• Last year: Fort Sumner defeated the Panthers 41-13 at Jal.
• Last week: Jal had an open date. The Foxes lost at district winner and top-ranked Hagerman 52-0.
• Of note: Both squads should make the six-team Class 1A playoffs; it’s likely the winner will host a first-round game next week, while the loser will have to travel. … The Panthers have bounced back from an 0-3 start. Jal’s only loss since then was to Hagerman (42-0) two weeks ago. … Hagerman needed just 26 plays last week to compile nearly 500 total yards and score its 52 points against the Foxes. The points included an interception return and a punt return for touchdowns.

Tatum (4-3, 0-1) at Melrose (4-3, 0-1)
• When: 7 p.m. today in an 8-man District 3 game
Last year: The Coyotes notched a 54-32 win over Melrose at Tatum.
• Last week: Tatum lost at Gateway Christian 64-40, while Melrose had an open date.
• Of note: The winner of the game will take second in the district behind top-ranked and unbeaten Gateway Christian. … The Buffaloes won three consecutive 8-man titles from 2008-10, beating the Coyotes each time in the finals. … Buffs coach Dickie Roybal said it’s entirely possible the winner could host the loser in a 3-6 matchup next week in the first round of the 8-man playoffs. … The Coyotes have gone from a tight formation on offense to more of a spread, Roybal said. “They don’t really have any standouts,” he said. “They just play well together.” … Roybal said the bye helped the Buffs get some of their players healed up.

Springlake-Earth (3-5, 2-0) at Farwell (5-4, 2-1)
• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today in a District 3-1A Division II game
• Last year: The Steers squeaked out a 7-6 win at Springlake-Earth
• Last week: Springlake-Earth had an open date. Farwell was edged at Sudan 14-13.
• Of note: The Steers can clinch the district title and a first-round bye if they beat the Wolverines by eight or more points, based on the point system. Farwell is open next week, so if that happens the Steers would have three weeks before starting the playoffs. … Coach Taylor Read said his team had chances to break last week’s game open. “We just didn’t do it,” he said. “I thought we outplayed them left and right, but the scoreboard doesn’t show that.” … Junior QB Elijah Roman is small (5-foot-8, 140 pounds) but fast. “He’s a very good athlete,” Taylor said. “We’ve got to try to get them one-dimensional (by getting off to a good start) and make them throw the ball.”

Sudan (4-4, 1-1) at Bovina (2-5, 1-1)
• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today in a District 3-1A Division II game
• Last year: Sudan outlasted the Mustangs 9-8 at Sudan.
• Last week: The Hornets slipped past Farwell 14-13 at home. Bovina won at Morton 41-0.
• Of note: The Mustangs snapped a four-game losing streak with last week’s rout. … Despite its record, Bovina is still in position to earn its seventh playoff berth in eight seasons under coach Hector Guevara if it can beat the Hornets tonight. “We’ve been there before,” Guevara said. “To be honest, every game right now is like a playoff game.” … Guevara is concerned about Sudan’s speed. “Defensively,k they’re pretty fast, “ he said. “We’ve just got to do something to slow them down, but I don’t see any weaknesses to their defense.” … Sudan scored in the final 26 seconds last week to edge Farwell. The Hornets top player may be junior RB Barry Johnson, who rushed for 122 yards last week against the Steers.

Childress (5-3, 2-1) at Muleshoe (4-4, 2-1)
• When: 7:30 p.m. (CDT) today in a District 1-2A Division I game
• Last year: Muleshoe posted a 37-14 win over the Bobcats at Childress.
• Last week: Childress lost at Littlefield 20-14, while the Mules cruised to a 55-0 win at Dimmitt.
• Of note: Earlier this season, veteran Mules coach David Wood would have thought his inexperienced team might be hard-pressed to compete with the Bobcats, but not so now. “Our young kids are having to grow up in a hurry, and they’ve done that,” he said. … Senior RB Da’Shoud Hughes helps make the Bobcats go. “The running back’s the real deal,” Wood said. “When he gets loose, he’s hard to catch.” … The Mules should be in the 2A Division I playoffs and now can  set their sights on a better seed with this game and the finale at district leader Littlefield.

— Compiled by Dave Wagner