Monday, December 4, 2017

Mules vs. Merkel FB (11-24-2017)

Mules vs. Merkel FB (11-24-2017)

It seems that the Muleshoe Mules have played better under pressure all season long. The Area Round game proved to be no different. The Mules fell behind early but battled back and even took a 13-point lead in the third period.

The Merkel Badgers proved they could also play under pressure and came back late in the third quarter to cut the Mule lead to 27-22. But the Badgers were not finished and scored again with 1:33 left in the game to retake the lead 28-27 over the Mules.

“I am very proud of our kids,” said Mule head coach, David Wood. “They never quit, even when it looked like everything was going against them. They continued to fight their way back.”

“We knew we matched up with Merkel. But today we just ran out of time.”

“I want to thank the parents and the all the Mule fans for their support this season. It was hard at times, but the kids just kept working, claimed a gold ball, and made their final game very exciting. The winner was not determined until the final play of the game.”

The Badgers kicked off to the Mule end zone. The Mules began their final drive 75 yards from pay dirt.

Mikey Lozano faked a handoff to Ryan Rodriguez and then heaved the ball downfield toward Yoel Reyes. Y. Reyes saw the ball was thrown short and turned to come back for the ball. He slipped on the new turf but managed to scramble back to his feet in time to scoop the ball up just above the artificial grass at the Merkel 47.

The Mules sent four receivers wide to the left side. Lozano passed to Y. Reyes behind the three blockers. Brady Martinez and Isaac Mendoza made blocks downfield for a five-yard gain.

Romeo Reyes was the lone receiver to the right side. He ran a six-yard hook and Lozano delivered him the ball for a first down.

The Mules sent quad receivers to the wide side of the field, and Lozano tossed to Y. Reyes. Mendoza chopped down the outside linebacker, and Martinez sealed off the cornerback to allow Y. Reyes to find a path downfield to the Merkel 15.

Lozano took the snap and made a head fake that froze the middle linebacker. Lozano scooted up the middle for six yards. Moises made the critical block on second down to allow Lozano to reach the Merkel four.

Time was short when Lozano took the snap. Vasquez and Leonel Camarena sealed off the inside. Lozano made a short gain but was tackled by his facemask. The penalty advanced the Mules to the Badger two-yard line with four seconds remaining on the clock.

Martinez lined up to attempt a 19-yard field goal, but there was movement in the Mule offensive line. The motion penalty pushed the Mules back to the Merkel seven. Merkel took back-to-back timeouts to attempt to freeze Martinez.

Martinez set the tee on the Merkel 14 for a 24-yard field goal kick. A Badger broke through and slashed behind the Mule line and blocked the Mule field goal to give Merkel the Area Gold Ball with a final score of Merkel 28-Mules 27.

The Badgers scored on their first possession on a 67-yard pass and run with 9:26 left in the opening period to lead the Mules 7-0.

The Mules answered back just over seven minutes later when Lozano broke loose for a 20-yard scamper. The Mules trailed 7-6 with two minutes remaining in the first period.

Merkel blocked a Mule punt that went through the end zone for a safety a third of the way through the second period. Merkel led 9-6.

Jesus Montiel separated the Badger quarterback from the ball and Julian Astorga pounced on the ball for the Mules at the Merkel 32. The Mules used just two plays to cash in on the Badger turnover. Luke Del Toro fired a strike to Y. Reyes for a 31-yard touchdown. Martinez tacked on the point after to give the Mules a 13-9 lead at the half.

Merkel scored four minutes into the third period to take back the lead 15-13.

Lozano took a three-step drop and fired the ball to Y. Reyes for his second touchdown of the day from 62 yards out. Lozano found a crease for the two-point conversion to put the Mules up 21-13 with seven and half minutes left in the third quarter.

Lozano was picked up and slammed to the turf after the two-point conversion play was over. The personal foul penalty allowed the Mules to kickoff from the Merkel 45-yard line.

Martinez sent a spinning ball downfield and hit one of the Badger linemen. The ball bounced back towards the Mules and Mendoza leaped on the ball for the Mules at the Merkel 34.

Rodriguez followed Carlos Meza through a hole in the right side of the Mule line for 18 yards. Rodriguez tried the left side of the line for a couple of yards before Montiel gained one yard.

R. Reyes and Jacob Kettner ran crossing routes in the end zone. Lozano tossed the ball up, and Kettner leaped high in the air to snag the ball for a 13-yard touchdown. The Mules led 27-15 with 5:59 left in the third quarter.

The Badgers scored twice to overtake the Mules for the win.

The Mules rushed for 174 yards and passed for 231 yards for a total offense of 405 yards.

Lozano carried the ball 27 times for 85 yards, one touchdown, and a two-point conversion. He completed nine-of-nine passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Rodriguez rushed eight times for 48 yards.

Y. Reyes made six receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Martinez made two catches for 26 yards, and Mendoza caught one pass for 23 yards. Kettner snagged one pass for 13 yards and one touchdown.

Montiel and Mendoza led the Mule defense with 17 tackle each. Mendoza had two special teams tackles, and Montiel made one. Corbin Hardwick finished with 15 tackles, with two being on special teams, two being for losses, one sack, and caused one fumble.

Julian Astorga had 11 tackles, one quarterback hurry, and recovered one fumble. Ean Hasley added ten tackles, two being on special teams, one sack, two quarterback hurries and caused one fumble.

Some of the Mules will move on to basketball, while others will start off-season training, and some of the seniors have concluded their athletic careers as a Mule. 


7th Lady Mules vs. Littlefield, Idalou, Dimmitt GBB (11-6,13,&20-2017)

7th Lady Mules vs. Littlefield, Idalou, Dimmitt GBB (11-6,13,&20-2017)

The seventh-grade Lady Mules are off to a fast start in the 2017 basketball season. They opened their season with a 32-9 drumming of the Littlefield Lady Cats. They fell just short to the Idalou Lady Cats 32-37. The Lady Mules scorched the Dimmitt Bobbies 44-12.

Aaliyah Sanchez led the charge against Littlefield with 12 points. Ashton Hardwick helped out with six points.

“This was a great first game for us,” said Lady Mule Coach Jalissa King. “We started off a little slow, but once we got past the jitters, the girls played an awesome game.”

The B-Team Lady Mules squeaked by Littlefield 16-14. Evelin Meza and Elle Phillips had four points each.

“These girls came out and played all the way to overtime. It was an exhilarating first game.”

Kylie Hernandez set the Lady Mule scoring pace with 16 points against Idalou. Raelee Garza and Aaliyah Sanchez made six points each.

“This was a good game for us,” continued Coach King. “Idalou always has a strong program and these girls hung in this game.”

The B-team Lady Mules fell to Idalou 15-7. Amri Melton led the Lady Mules with six points, and Ellie Phillips chipped in one point.

The Bobbies were no match for the Lady Mules. Nautica Mills and Raelee Garza scored 10 points each against Dimmitt. Kylie Hernandez finished with nine points, and Ashton Hardwick dropped in six points.

The B-team Lady Mules thumped the Bobbies 29-12. Ellie Phillips led the way for the Lady Mules with 12 points. Naomi Nunez finished with five points, and Gimena Ramirez added four points.

The Lady Mules host the Slaton Tigerettes Monday afternoon and will travel to Friona December 4 to play the Maidens. 

Lady Mules vs. Levelland GBB (11-20-2017)

Lady Mules vs. Levelland GBB (11-20-2017)

The Lady Mules hosted the Levelland Loboettes Monday evening in an early Thanksgiving week game. The Lady Mules went down to defeat 51-35.
Keely Dunham and Yvonne Diaz attempted to provide an answer to the Loboettes in the opening period. Diaz made on basket and Dunham made a pair of hoops and two free throws. The Lady Mules trailed Levelland 1-8 after one quarter.
Dunham only found the hoop once in the second period. Diaz dropped in a pair of free throws, and Anahi Barrera added a basket. The Lady Mules trailed 27-14 at the intermission.
The Lady Mule defense held Levelland to just ten points in the third quarter. But the Lady Mules could not cut into the Levelland lead. Brooke Garza led the charge for the Lady Mules in the third period as he sandwiched a free throw in between a pair of hoops for five points. Diaz added a basket, and the Lady Mules trailed 37-21 after three-quarters of play.
The Lady Mules got their offense untracked in the final quarter to score 14 points. Brianna Barron, A. Barrera, Garza, and Dunham each made a basket. Diaz dropped in a pair of free throws and two hoops.
Diaz led the Lady Mules with 12 points. Dunham finished with 10 points. Garza finished with seven points. A. Barrera dropped in four points, and Barron chipped in two points.
The JV Lady Mules also fell to Levelland 38-18.

The Lady Mules traveled to Portales Tuesday evening to play the Lady Rams. The Lady Mules will compete in the Nazareth Invitational Tournament November 30, December 1, and December 2. 

8th Mules vs. Dimmitt BBB (11-20-2017)

8th Mules vs. Dimmitt BBB (11-20-2017)

The eighth-grade Mules jumped in front of the Dimmitt Bobcats Monday afternoon in the opening period. Dimmitt battled back in the final three periods to defeat the Mules 38-21.
Jeremiah Barron led the opening charge for the Mules by making two baskets and dropping in a trey. Jacob Reyes dropped in a pair of free throws to put the Mules in front 9-5 after one-quarter of play.
The Mules slowed down in the second period while the Bobcats came alive. Barron and Reyes made two free throws each. Dylan Watkins sank a short jumper for the Mules six points in the quarter. Dimmitt scored 13 points to take an 18-15 lead at the half.
The Mule defense held Dimmitt to just six points in the third period. Daniel Avila and Reyes chipped in a free throw each for the Mules only points. Dimmitt led the Mules 24-17 after three quarters.
The Bobcats poured it on the Mules in the final period after some of the Mules had three and four fouls. Barron made a pair of free throws, and Nathan Ferguson sank a jump shot.

The Mules traveled to Slaton to play the Tigers on Monday afternoon. The Mules return home December 4 to host the Friona Braves.  

7th Mules vs. Dimmitt BBB (11-20-2017)

7th Mules vs. Dimmitt BBB (11-20-2017)

The seventh-grade Mules got off to a slow start Thursday in their district opener against the Dimmitt Bobcats. Dimmitt outscored the Mules 16-46.
Irvin Torres finally broke the scoring ice for the Mules with a basket with 1:27 remaining in the first period. Nic Reyes added a hoop to close out the Mules first period scoring. Dimmitt led 16-4 after one quarter.
The Mules were held scoreless in the second period while the Bobcats added ten points to lead the Mules 26-4 at the intermission.
The Mules did light up the scoreboard in the third quarter. Uriel Ramirez took a charge near the elbow to ignite the Mules. Torres drove the lane on back-to-back trips down the floor to score twice. Frankie Reyes took a pass from Elisar Cisneros to score on a give-and-go. F. Reyes scored a second hoop before the quarter ended. The Mules trailed 36-12 after three periods.
Judas Reyes and Torres scored the Mules final two hoops of the game.
Irvin Torres led the Mules in scoring with eight points. Frankie Reyes finished with four points. Judas Reyes and Nic Reyes chipped in two points each.

The Mules traveled to Slaton Monday afternoon and will return home December 4 to host the Friona Braves.  

Lady Mules vs. Olton GBB (11-14-2017)

Lady Mules vs. Olton GBB (11-14-2017)

The Lady Mules traveled to Olton Tuesday evening and ran roughshod over the Fillies 74-35. Three Lady Mule reached double figures in the win. All of the Lady Mules scored during the game.  
Anahi Barrera opened the scoring just six seconds into the game for the Lady Mules. Alyssa Wheeler drained a trey and added two more hoops in the opening period. Yvonne Diaz and Keely Dunham added a basket each. Brianna Barron chipped in a free throw to extend the Lady Mule lead to 14-5 by the end of the opening period.
Diaz went to work in the lane in the second period dropping in the Lady Mules’ first hoop at the 7:10 mark. She added two more hoops and a pair of free throws before the intermission. Cassidy Cage, Lilly Barrera, Barron, Kyndal Miller and Dunham each added a basket. Brooke Garza and Wheeler made two hoops each. The 28-point second period extended the Lady Mule lead to 42-11 at the intermission.
Dunham came alive in the third period with four hoops and a free throw for nine points. Diaz opened the frame with a pair of free throws, then scored a hoop in the paint and sank a trey. Wheeler scored a free throw and then sank a 15-foot jump shot. The Lady Mules led Olton 61-17 with one period left to play.
Wheeler, Diaz, and Dunham kept the scoring pressure on the Fillies in the final period. Dunham and Diaz each made a pair of hoops. Wheeler made one basket and chipped in a free throw. Miller also added a hoop.
Yvonne Diaz led the Lady Mules with 23 points. Keely Dunham and Alyssa Wheeler added 17 points each. Brook Garza and Kyndal Miller dropped in four points each. Brianna Barron scored three points. Cassidy Cage, Lilly Barrera, and Anahi Barrera chipped in two points each.
The JV Lady Mules defeated Olton 37-26.

The Lady Mules hosted the Levelland Loboettes Tuesday evening and travel to Portales November 28. 

Mules vs. Crane FB (11-17-2017)

Mules vs. Crane FB (11-17-2017)

The Crane Golden Cranes anxiously awaited the Mules in Denver City ISD’s Mustang Stadium Friday night. The Cranes had delivered the Mules’ head coach, David Wood, his first Texas State Playoff loss and were ready to deliver another.
The Crane starting line averaged 242 pounds. The Golden Cranes favorite play is the Hammer Play that the Mules have used for many years. The blocking back leading the play weighed in at 194, and the speedy running back was only 157 pounds.
The Cranes have 60 different formations and can run the Hammer out of almost all of them.
But the Mules had a surprise for the Cranes, two sophomores from the Mule JV team stepped into key spots of the Mule defensive line to add a bit of size to the Mule defense. The front four for the Mules averaged 250 pounds.
That helped keep the heat off the Mule linebackers and left them free to slow down the Crane powerful running attack.
The Mules trailed 22-21 at the intermission. But the resilient Mule defense shut out the Cranes in the final period. The Mule offense scored twice to in the final period to put the Mules on top to stay at 35-29.
The Mules drove 75 yards after the opening kickoff by the Cranes sailed through the Mule end zone. Mikey Lozano capped the opening Mule drive with a three-yard run. The Cranes were flagged for being offside on the first extra-point try.
The Mules again lined up to kick the extra point, but Yoel Reyes took the snap and powered up the middle for a two-point conversion. The Mules led 8-0 with 8:42 remaining in the opening period.
Crane answered with 4:17 left in the opening quarter and tied the game at 8-8.
Crane blocked a Muleshoe punt attempt, and the ball rolled into the Mule end zone where it was recovered by the Cranes 45 seconds into the second quarter. The PAT was good, and the Cranes led the Mules 15-8.
But the Mules did not allow the miscue to slow them down and battled back with Lozano scoring his second touchdown of the game on a two-yard run. Brady Martinez booted the point after to tie the game 15-15 with almost nine minutes remaining in the first half.
The Mule defense stopped the Cranes, and the Mules were on the move. Luke Del Toro connected with Romeo Reyes in the end zone from four-yards out to put the Mules up 21-15 with just over two minutes left in the first half.
But the Cranes did not go away, and on fourth down and long, scored on a 27-yard pass and run to take a 22-21 lead with 11 seconds left in the first half.
That final play of the first half seemed to be the spark that ignited the Mule defense for the second half.
Neither team could mount a scoring drive in the third period until the Cranes scored for their final time on a seven-yard run with 1:16 left in the third period. The Cranes had the Mules down 29-21 with just over thirteen minutes left in one of the teams’ season.
The Mules were determined they would play another week as Del Toro found Y. Reyes open and airmailed him the ball for a 32-yard touchdown. The Mules went for the two-point conversion to tie the game, but the attempt failed. The Mules had cut the Crane lead to 29-27 with 6:54 left in the game.
The Mule defense again forced the Cranes to punt on fourth down.
The Mules chewed time off the clock and marched into a stiff southwest wind toward the Crane end zone. Lozano powered over from one-yard out to put the Mules up to stay. But to force the Cranes to score a touchdown to tie the game, the Mules went for two points.
Del Toro floated a pass to Jacob Kettner in the end zone for the two-point conversion. The extra points put the Mules up 35-29 with 2:20 left.
The Cranes rolled out their passing attack and began to move down the field with the wind to their back. Y. Reyes dropped back like a centerfielder and when the wind carried the ball over the reach of the intended Crane receiver Y. Reyes leaped high into the air to rip the ball out of the wind with just over a minute left in the game.
The Mules milked the clock and ran out the time with Lozano taking a victory knee three times.
Mikey Lozano led the Mule offense with 156-yards rushing and three touchdowns. Luke Del Toro completed seven of nine passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns. The Mules rushed for 173 yards and passed for 131 for a total of 304 yards.
Yoel Reyes caught three passes for 53 yards, one touchdown and ran for one two-point conversion. Romeo Reyes made one reception for a four-yard touchdown.
Isaac Mendoza led the Mules with 17 tackles, with three being on special teams and recovered a fumble. Corbin Hardwick also made 17 tackles with two being on special teams. Ean Hasley had 13 tackles with three being on special teams. Julian Astorga and Julian Montiel made 11 tackles each.
The Mules will travel to Childress to play in the historic Fair Park Stadium that has now been converted to artificial turf. The Merkel Badgers will be the home team, and kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 PM Friday afternoon.