Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mules vs. Brock (11-25-2016)

Mules vs. Brock (11-25-2016)

The Mules knew the old saying, "To be the best you have to beat the best." And with those words in mind, the Mules prepared to play the number one ranked Brock Eagles in the Regional round of the Texas State Football Playoffs. 

The Mules planning and preparing for the power running team that included a running back, Tyler Gray, that had gained over 2000 yards in the 2015 season and had 1651 yards during the first ten games of the season.  

The Eagles offensive front line averaged almost 221 pounds per man. 

The Mules trailed the Brock Eagles 14-7 at the intermission but cut that lead to 14-13 with just over eight minutes remaining in the third period. It seemed as if the officiating changed after that. The Mules fell 48-19. 

The Mule defense stopped the Eagles on the Mule 39 and forced a punt that bounced into the end zone for a touchback. 

The Mules went three and out with Beto Diaz punting to the Brock 44 where the ball rolled dead. The Eagles needed five yards on fourth down and lined up to punt. The punter took the deep snap and rolled right. He completed a pass for 13 yards and a first down at the Mule 21. 

Four plays later Zane Young dove over from two-yards out, and the kick was good for a 7-0 Eagle lead with 2:10 remaining in the first period. 

The Brock kickoff sailed into the end zone for a touchback, and the Mule drive started on the Mule 25. Diaz was tackled by his facemask on first down to advance the Mules to the 41-yard line. 

Diaz connected with Jason Florez on an inside receiver screen. Dagen Dunham and Cesar Olvera were blocking down the field. Diaz reached the Brock 39 before being pulled down. Two penalties backed the Mules up to near midfield and were forced to punt to the Brock 34. 

Fidel Mendoza and Tre Villa hemmed T. Gray up in the Eagle backfield on first down. Mario Flores, Dunham, and Florez swarmed to the ball to make the tackle for a yard loss. Yoel Reyes broke up a pass on second down. 

Fidel Mendoza had his legs chopped out from under him on third down, but he got up and pursued the quarterback. Moises Vasquez fought through a block and also gave chase. The Mule defensive backs had the receivers covered, and F. Mendoza and Vasquez met at the quarterback for the sack.

Brock punted, and the Mules allowed the ball to roll dead on the Mule nine-yard line. 

Diaz pump faked before throwing to Florez at the Mule 12. Florez made one defender miss at the 23, and another grabbed only air as Florez went past. Brock finally tackled Florez at the Mule 44 after a 35-yard gain. 

Michael Lozano took a pitch from Diaz for a gain of seven yards. Diaz kept up the middle for 11 yards with the help of a block from Carlos Meza. An inside receiver screen pass to Florez was good for 24 yards to the Brock 14. 

Diaz rolled left and tossed to Tre Villa to advance the Mules to the Eagle 11 yard line. Diaz kept on a quarterback draw to the Brock seven. Dunham lined set up as a sniffer back on the right side. 

Dunham blocked but released his man and rolled right with Diaz. Diaz tossed Dunham the ball at the Brock six-yard line. There was nothing but green grass between Dunham and a the end zone. 

Arturo Contreras PAT kick was good, and the Mules had tied the game at 7-7 with five minutes remaining in the first half. The Mule scoring drive had taken the Mules 10 plays and covered 86 yards. 

The Eagles scored before the intermission on a 16-yard run by Matthew Gray. The kick was good, and Brock led the Mules 14-7 at the half. 

Brock kicked off to start the second half to Florez at the Mule nine-yard line. Florez managed to pick his way to the Mule 34. 

Diaz passed to Dunham running straight downfield. Dunham made the catch over the defender attempting to tackle him before the ball arrived. Dunham was tripped up at the Mule 48 but managed to put down a hand and finally leaped to the Brock 41 for a 25-yard gain. 

Lozano reached the Brock 30 before getting hit and fought for additional four yards. Dunham ran out of the Mule backfield and caught Diaz pass for a seven-yard gain. Florez was on the receiving end of a Diaz pass that went for eight yards to the Brock six. 

The officials were confused by the Mule offense and threw a flag. The ensuing penalty cost the Mules five yards on second down. Dunham fought off a defender to reach the end zone and had to continue to battle his way to Diaz throw. 

Dunham caught the ball seven yards deep in the end zone with a defender hanging on his back. The kick was off the mark, and the Mules trailed 14-13 with 8:25 remaining in the third period.

The Mules halted the ensuing Brock drive at the Mule 34. The Eagles faked a punt and snapped the ball to a blocking back. He went straight up the field and was tackled short of the first down marker. The ball carrier extended his arms with the ball after being down. The officials gave the Eagles a very favorable spot that was half a ball over the first down mark.

"That was a situation that just takes the wind out of a team's sails," said Mule coach David Wood. "We were still in the game up to that point."

"Brock does not have many flaws, but we were able to do more against them than most teams have been able to do. For the most part, we hung with them and fought them tooth-and-nail. Our kids never gave up the fight, and that is what I am proud of."

"We have the best fans in Texas that follow us where ever we play. The Mules and coaching staff appreciated their support every day, not just on Friday night."   

The Eagles scored four plays later on a 12-yard run. Brock went for a two-point conversion but the attempt failed, and the Mules trailed 20-13 with 6:07 left in the third period. 

It is easier to make blocks if you grab pads and stretch jerseys to prevent defensive players from making plays. That seemed to make it much easier for Brock to score three more touchdowns to take a 41-13 lead over the Mules with 11:51 left in the game. 

The Mules had to battle through defensive holding and pass interference to score one last time. Diaz tossed to Florez with a 15-yard touchdown throw to cap a 10-play 78-yard drive. The score cut the Brock lead to 41-19 with 7:18 left in the game. 

The starters for the Eagles remained on the field in what appeared to an attempt to pad stats. 

Beto Diaz completed 22 of 39 passing attempts for 299 yards, three touchdowns and had one pass intercepted. Jason Florez caught 11 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown. Dagen Dunham caught four passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Tre Villa made four receptions for 43 yards. 

The Mules accumulated a total of 362 yards of offense. 

The Mule defense held to Tyler Gray to 6.9 yards per carry. That is nine yards per carry below his season average. 

The Mules check in their gear and move on to basketball and offseason workouts to prepare for 2017.

9th Lady Mules vs. Dimmitt. (11-21-2016)

9th Lady Mules vs. Dimmitt. (11-21-2016)
 
The freshmen Lady Mules broke the scoring ice with a free throw from Emili Mora. After that, the Lady Mules seemed to take over the game and outscored the Bobbies in every period.
 
Eight of the ten Lady Mule players contributed points to for the win. Anna Phillips and Valerie Toscano led the Lady Mules in scoring with eight points each. Joceline Ramirez and Kylee Espenson dropped in four points apiece.
 
Emili Mora added three points with all of her points coming in the first period. Valeria Carreaga and Destiny Vasquez chipped in two points each.
 
The Lady Mules hosted the Slaton Tigerettes Monday and will travel to Friona to play the Maidens December 5.  

8th Lady Mules vs. Dimmitt. (11-21-2016)

8th Lady Mules vs. Dimmitt. (11-21-2016)
 
The eighth-grade Lady Mules bounced the Dimmitt Bobbies out of the gym Monday evening 38-13. The Lady Mules rolled up an 11-2 lead in the first period and led 22-7 at the intermission.
 
Anahi Barrera led the charge for the Lady Mules with a game-high 17 points. Danielle Moran finished with seven points. Grace Leal, Katelyn Kelley, and Tatum Hasley made four points each. Destiny Florez chipped in two points near the end of the game.
 
“This was a good way to end before Thanksgiving break,” said Lady Mule coach, Jalissa King. “We had strong support from several girls on our team.”
 
“Anahi Barrera and Tatum Hasley each had eight rebounds. Carina Sianez added five rebounds, and Barrera made seven assists and six steals. It was a great team effort.”
 
The eighth-grade B-Team Lady Mules kept their record perfect at 3-0 by defeating the Dimmitt Bobbies 33-5. The Lady Mules outscored Dimmitt in every period of the game.
 
Clara Vara led the charge for the Lady Mules with 12 points. Heather Chavez and Anzley Rodriguez dropped in six points each.
 
“These ladies played a great game,” continued Coach King. “They worked hard on the aspects of the of the game we have been emphasizing in practice, and it paid off tonight.”
 
The Lady Mules hosted the Slaton Tigerettes Monday and will compete in the Lamesa Tournament December first and third. The Lady Mules will host the Friona Maidens December 5

7th Lady Mules vs. Dimmitt (11-21-2016)

7th Lady Mules vs. Dimmitt (11-21-2016)
 
The 3-0 seventh-grade Lady Mules set a torrid pace Monday against the Dimmitt Bobbies. Utilizing a full-court pressing defense and fast break offense the Lady Mules jumped out to a 6-0 lead with just 45 seconds off the clock and the Bobbies were calling timeout.
 
The Lady Mules pressed only during the first period but had built an 18-0 lead. To be precise, the first Bobbie basket did not fall until just four seconds were remaining in the first half. The Lady Mules downed the Bobbies 37-6.
 
Page Parker set the scoring pace for the Lady Mules with 14 points. Natalie Ambriz finished the game with nine points. Makayla Toscano dropped in six points, and Kayla Soto scored her four points in the final period. Alina Elizaraz and Kyla Sierra chipped in two points each.
 
“We jumped out to an 18-point lead during the first period,” said Lady Mule coach Stephanie Lowery. “The girls came out aggressive and ready to play. I am proud of their improvement, and I am excited to see what the rest of the season brings.” 
 
“Once again tough defense led to many fast break points in the paint. Paige Parker made eight steals and Kylee Villa finished with seven steals.”
 
The seventh B-Team Lady Mules claimed their first win of the season Monday against the Dimmitt Bobbies. The Lady Mules led 9-0 by the intermission and downed the Bobbies 22-15.
 
Ava Miller led the Lady Mules with six points.
 
“We finally got a win,” continued Coach Lowery. The girls looked more confident out there than they have all year. They hustled on defense and got several steals.”
 
The Lady Mules hosted the Slaton Tigerettes Monday and will play in the Lamesa Tournament December first and third. The Lady Mules will host the Friona Maidens December 5.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mules vs. Breckenridge for Area (11-18-2016)

Mules vs. Breckenridge for Area (11-18-2016)
 
Mules’ coach, David Wood, referred to the game as the rubber match in a pre-game interview. Friday night was the third time in three years that the Muleshoe Mules and Breckenridge Buckaroos had met in the Area Round of the Texas State Football Playoffs.
 
The Mules had lost to Breckenridge 28-7 in 2014, but the Mules returned in 2015 for a 31-20 victory. The Mules had to battle back from a 21-7 halftime deficit Friday night to win the latest version of Mules vs. Bucks 47-35.
 
“It was deja vu from last year,” said Coach Wood following the game. “The difference is that this year we did not go into halftime with the momentum. We were down 21-7 again at the half, just like last year, but this time we were on a drive, and it was snuffed out there at the end.”
 
“Without the momentum, we knew adjustments needed to be made. So we just laid it out on the table, and the kids responded and came out on fire like I have never seen a team do before. That was the most remarkable third quarter I have ever been a part of on both sides of the football.”
 
“It is one thing for a defense to make stops but it is another thing then to have your offense go score, score, score. The kids deserve all the credit. They have worked so hard this and going on to the Regional Round again.”
 
“We are getting the opportunity of a lifetime to play the defending Texas State Champion team from Brock. The kids are very excited about that, but we will enjoy this win tonight.”
 
The Mules trailed 14-0 with 9:49 left in the first half. Breckenridge kicked off, and Jason Florez returned to the Mule 32. The Mules scored on the second play of the ensuing drive.
 
Beto Diaz tossed a screen pass to Florez spread to the left side. Yoel Reyes chopped the cornerback, and Mario Flores sealed off the outside linebacker to open the door for Florez.
 
He accelerated by three would-be tacklers. Donovan Gutierrez scurried downfield to make the final block to allow Florez to score. It was a 64-yard catch and run. Arturo Contreras booted the extra point, and the Mules had cut the deficit to 14-7 with 8:25 remaining in the first half.
 
“We started off slow in the first half,” said Mule receiver, Jason Florez. “Some of the players said some things at halftime and our coaches came up with a great game plan. We came out and executed that plan and never let down in the second half.”
 
“We played as a team and gave it all our hearts tonight. We are just going to keep playing hard and give it our all in each game.”
 
The Bucks were not finished and pounded the ball downfield on 13 plays that covered 49 yards and ate up almost six minutes. PAT kick gave the Bucks a 21-7 advantage at the intermission.
 
But the revitalized Mules reappeared after the break and Florez returned the opening kick 14 yards to the Mule 31-yard line. Diaz kept the football on three consecutive downs and advanced the Mules 18 yards to the Mule 49.
 
Florez gave his defender a head fake and scooted by his defender while running a post pattern. He stretched to the max to make the catch at the Buck 30. The defender almost caught up to Florez, but he extended his left arm to hold him off.
 
The defender grabbed the stiff arm and attempted to drag him down. Florez slipped out of the grasp to finish the 51-yard touchdown play with 10:57 left in the third period. Contreras kick was good, and the Mules had trimmed the Buck lead to 21-14.
 
Lozano kicked off, and the ball took a tricky hop at the Buck 28 and was finally picked up at the 23. Tre Villa made the stop on the return at the Mule 44-yard line. A penalty scooted the Bucks back to their 19-yard line.
 
The Mules shut down the powerhouse running attack of the Bucks and forced a punt on fourth down. The ball rolled dead on the Mule 30.
 
Diaz started left on first down and allowed a blocked Buck to hit the turf before making the pitch wide to Lozano. Flores laid down a block that allowed Lozano to cut to the inside and made a man miss. Florez made a block downfield, and Lozano scooted upfield for an 18-yard gain to the Buck 48.
 
The Mules used some trickery on fourth down, and Dagen Dunham took a direct snap from center while Diaz and the receivers appeared to look to the sideline for a call from their coach.
 
The defense seemed to relax with part of the team looking to the sideline and Dunham followed the left side of the Mule line for five yards and a first down at the Buck 35.
 
Diaz hit Yoel Reyes as he was running the fade at the eight-yard line. Y. Reyes turned 270 degrees to make the catch at and finished his 360-degree spin as he fell in the end zone. The PAT kick was off the mark, and the Mules still trailed the Bucks 21-20.
 
Lozano booted the ensuing kickoff high in the air, and a Buck raced to make the catch. The Buck went to one knee in his efforts, but the ball slid through his hands and rolled away. Brady Martinez recovered the miscue for the Mules at the Breckenridge 38.
 
Javy Perez went in motion from his running back position. Diaz rolled right and drew the defensive end before making the pitch to Perez. Cesar Olvera sealed off the path as Perez raced by one tackler but a second pushed him out of bounds at the one-yard line.
 
Dunham went under center, took the direct snap, and found a crease to end zone. Contreras kick was good, and the Mules took the lead for good with 5:48 left in the third quarter.
 
Lozano kicked off to the Buck 24 and Ean Hasley and Martinez chased the ball carrier back to the Breckenridge 20 before making the tackle.
 
Fidel Mendoza wrapped up the Buck ball carrier like a Christmas package on first down. Dominik Hasley shot the gap as the Mules smothered the dive on second down. An incomplete pass forced the Bucks to punt fourth down.
 
The Buck punt was short and rolled out of bounds at the Mule 47-yard line. The Mules needed eight plays to cover the 53 yards to pay dirt. Diaz kept up the middle for the final 24 yards to give the Mules a 33-21 lead with 1:46 remaining in the third period.
 
The Bucks decided to fair catch Lozano’s kickoff at the Buck 33. The Mules collapsed the middle of the Buck offensive line for a stop for no gain. Flores and Isaac Mendoza teamed up to blast the intended Buck receiver as he came down with the ball. The shock of the hit by the Mules jarred the ball from the receiver’s hands.
 
Dunham sacked the Breckenridge quarterback for an eight-yard loss on third down. The Buck punt bounced out of bounds at the Buck 43.
 
Lozano gained eight yards on a pitch behind a block by Romeo Reyes. Diaz then tossed the ball to R. Reyes, and he laid out for the catch at the Breckenridge one-yard line. Lozano got the nod for the one-yard run for a touchdown on the first play of the final period. The kick was good, and the Mules increased the lead to 40-21 with 11:54 remaining in the game.
 
Breckenridge tried to get back in the match with a 37-yard touchdown, but the Mules answered with Diaz scampering 14 yards for his second touchdown of the evening to keep the Mules up 47-28.
 
The Bucks had one last gasp with a 32-yard touchdown run for the final points of the game.
 
Isaac Mendoza picked off a Breckenridge pass to dash all Buck hopes of a last-minute comeback.
 
The Mules finished the night with a total of 518 yards with 255 yards being through the air and 263 yards on the ground.
 
Diaz rushed 25 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He passed for 255 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Lozano rushed eight times for 47 yards and one touchdown and caught two passes for 18 yards. Javy Perez carried three times for 41 yards. Dagen Dunham rushed twice for six yards and one touchdown.  
 
Jason Florez caught six passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Romeo Reyes made two receptions for 43 yards, and Yoel Reyes had one catch for 35 yards and one touchdown.
 
Donovan Gutierrez led the Mule defense with 21 tackles and caused or recovered a fumble. Mario Flores had 20 tackles and broke up a pass. Dagen Dunham made 16 tackles, one being for a loss, and made one sack. Javy Perez had 15 tackles, Moises Vasquez made eight tackles, and Isaac Mendoza had seven tackles, broke up a pass, caused or recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass.
 
The Mules will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday with their families before traveling to Vernon on Friday. The Mules will host the Brock Eagles in Lion Stadium on Leon Brittain Field at 7:00 PM CST.        

Lady Mules vs. Olton (11-15-2016)

Lady Mules vs. Olton (11-15-2016)
 
The Lady Mules proved to be rude hosts Tuesday evening as they ran away from their guests, the Olton Fillies. Reagan Reynolds and Sadie Sudduth led a scoring burst that allowed the Lady Mules to soar in front 14-0 with four and half minutes gone in the game.
 
The Lady Mules led 19-10 at the end of the first period and rolled to a 60-29 win.
 
Sa. Sudduth hit from the right wing to put the Lady Mules in front 30 seconds into the game. Reynolds struck with a hoop from the baseline and half a minute later finished a fast break. Reynolds finished a second fast break with Sa. Sudduth delivering her the ball for an 8-0 Lady Mule lead.
 
Keely Dunham put back her missed shot and Sydnie Sudduth fed Sa. Sudduth the ball as she broke to the hoop for a hoop with four and half minutes left in the first period. Yvonne Diaz scored from the baseline to put the Lady Mules on top 14-0.
 
The Fillies sank a 3-pointer with just less than three and half minutes left in the first period. Emily Precure made both free throws after being fouled in the act of shooting. She added another penalty shot after the Fillies hit a bucket.
 
Brittany Mendoza dropped in both free throws after being hacked while she was shooting.
 
The Fillies almost kept pace with the Lady Mules in the second period, but Muleshoe led Olton 30-20 at the intermission.
 
Lilly Barrera sank a buzzer beater at the end of the third period to hold a Filly scoring run in check. The Lady Mules outscored the Olton 15-13 for a 45-23 Lady Mule lead with one quarter left to play.
 
Dunham and Sa. Sudduth provided most of the Lady Mule punch in the final quarter. Sa. Sudduth made the Lady Mules’ only trey and a pair of hoops for seven points. Dunham made three baskets for six points.
 
Sadie Sudduth finished the night with a game-high 20 points. Keely Dunham and Reagan Reynolds added eight points each. Lilly Barrera and Yvonne Diaz dropped in six points each. Cassidy Cage made all four of her points in the second half. Emily Precure and Sydnie Sudduth chipped in three points each.
 
The Lady Mules traveled to Levelland Monday night to play the `Loboettes and are on the road to Hale Center November 29 to play the Lady Owls.    

JV Lady Mules vs. Olton (11-15-2016)

JV Lady Mules vs. Olton (11-15-2016)
 
The JV Lady Mules set the tone early Tuesday night when they hosted the Olton Fillies in the New Muleshoe High School Gymnasium. The Lady Mules led 30-6 after the first half with eleven Lady Mules scoring.
 
The Lady Mules continued to dominate the Fillies in the second half for a 46-22 win.
 
Brianna Barron led the charge for the Lady Mules with nine points. Valerie Ambriz and Natali Elizalde finished the night with five points each. Ab Mendoza, Maddison Price, Noa Rojas, Citali Vargas, and Melody Moran scored four points each. Alyssa Wheeler finished with three points.
 
The Lady Mules traveled to Levelland Monday evening to play the Loboettes and are scheduled to travel to Hale Center to play the Lady Owls November 29.