Monday, October 5, 2015

JrHi C-C @ Amarillo & Sundown (10-3-2015)

JrHi C-C @ Amarillo & Sundown (10-3-2015)

The Muleshoe junior high Lady Mules and Mules ran in Amarillo a week ago and in Sundown this past Saturday. No team placing were awarded at the very large Amarillo meet.

Anahi Barrera paced the Lady Mules with a ninth place finish with a time of 14 minutes and 29.1 seconds. Other Lady Mules competing at Amarillo were Grace Leal, Anzley Rodriguez, Valeria Carreaga, Tatum Hasley, Kristina Arzola, Daizy Montiel, Val Toscano and Danielle Moran.

Damian Juarez received a third place medal in Amarillo with a time of 11:39.00. Ricky Diaz contributed with tenth place and Beto Mendoza finished thirteenth. The other Mules running were Jacob Barron, Carlos Lecea, Alberto Orozco, Matthew Fullen, Jordan Spears and Micah Rodriguez.

This past Saturday the Lady Mule placed second in the Sundown Cross-Country Meet with only the host team placing higher. Barrera won the third place medal with a time of 14:21.24.

A. Rodriguez finished fourteenth and Joceline Ramirez was fifteenth to contribute to the win. The balance of the team included Carreaga, Arzola, Montiel, Moran and Didi Esquival. 

The Mules were third in the Sundown Meet and were led by Mendoza with his individual third place finish with a time of 12:58.25. Diaz was close behind in fourth place with a 13:00.42. Juarez and Barron also received medals for fourteenth and fifteenth places. The other Mules competing were Orozco, Spears and M. Rodriguez.

The final warm up meet is Saturday in Abernathy. The District 2-3A Meet is scheduled for October 19 on Lubbock’s Mae Simmons Park course.

JR High Mules vs. Abernathy (10-1-2015)

JR High Mules vs. Abernathy (10-1-2015)

The Muleshoe junior high Mules swept the Abernathy Antelopes Thursday evening. The seventh grade Mules are 4-0 on the season with a 36-6 win over the Antelopes. The eighth grade Mules are also 4-0 with a 22-20 defeat of the Antelopes.

The B-team Mules are 2-0-1 with a 12-0 shutout of the Antelopes that got the evening started. Ozzy Nunez put the Mules ahead with a touchdown run. Aaron Venzor added the Mules second TD. Beto Mendoza recovered an Abernathy fumble.

Joe Gutierrez hustled the seventh grade Mules off to a quick start with a touchdown run. Joey Martinez added the two-point conversion. Gutierrez added a second TD. Martinez tacked on the third touchdown and Mario Guardado caught a two-point conversion pass. 

Martinez intercepted an Antelope pass and raced to the end zone for a touchdown. Gutierrez ran in the Mules’ final TD and Martinez tacked on the two-point conversion.

Kurt Rodriguez picked off an Antelope pass. Guardado caused and recovered a fumble.

Elio Sanchez was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes from Damian Juarez to put the eighth grade Mules on top. Hector Arras punched in the final touchdown for the Mules and Juarez added a pair of two-point conversions.

Nathan Rodriguez forced two Abernathy fumbles. Juarez, Jesus Montiel and Sanchez each caused an Antelope fumble. Jose Cardenas recovered five of the Abernathy fumbles. Cristian Bustillos intercepted an Antelope pass and recovered a fumble. Julian Elizalde also snagged an Abernathy pass.

The Mules will open district play Thursday when they host the River Road Wildcats. The B-team game will start at 4:00 PM, the seventh Mules take the field at 5:00 PM and the eighth grade Mules will kickoff at 6:15 PM.

From the Stands (10-1-2015)

From the Stands (10-1-2015)

WoW! Magnificent! Superb! Extraordinary! These are just a few of the descriptive words Mule fans have been using about the weekly performance by their team. The Mules ended Part 1 of the three-part high school football season with a record of 4-1.

The Mules did not achieve that record by playing a bunch of patsy teams but by taking on some of the best teams in this part of Texas. Levelland felt the kick of the Mules in week one with a score of 43-15.

The Mules traveled all the way to Sweetwater to battle the top-ranked Class 4A Mustangs. The Mules came out on the short end of the 36-14 score but learned where some of the weaknesses were and went to work to improve.

Things did not get any easier when the top-five rated Seagraves Eagles came to Muleshoe. It was a back-and-forth game that was finally settled when the Mules untried kicker, Bryce Mauricio, booted a 27-yard field goal. The Mules won their home opener 39-36.

The Mules jumped on the scrappy Perryton Rangers early and cruised to a 52-37 win after backing off some in the middle two quarters.

All three parts of the Mules’ game (offense, defense and special teams) were hitting on all cylinders this past Friday when the Mules traveled to Kermit. The Mules walloped the Yellow Jackets 58-7.

Danny Campos received many accolades for his performance this past week. Both the Amarillo and Lubbock newspapers named him as their player of the week in Class 3-A along with several other regional sports media outlets.

But the cherry on top for Danny and the Mules had to be him being named as the Ford Built Tough Player of the Week for Class 3-A.

“Danny Campos is our sixth Ford Built Tough Player of the Week,” said Mule coach David Wood. “Coach Wes Wood (former Ford Built Tough Player of the Year in 2008) has worked with Danny in getting his mind and focus where it needs to be to perform like he did Friday night.”

“The Spread Offense tends to favor high offensive numbers. Danny has really settled in to a zone and is making great reads and choices. He has a great receiving core to throw to in our system.”

“Our line is young but they are doing an outstanding job of giving him time to maneuver and make those good decisions. It is definitely a team effort.”

“The criteria for this award has changed some in that it is not based solely on the numbers but on the outstanding effort both on and off the field.” 

“We have talked a lot about the offense,” continued Wood. “But our defense is giving us opportunities to keep our offense on the field. They are getting the opposing offense off the field so ours can have another chance to score. It is all about team with these guys and they are pulling for one another.”

Danny takes no credit for his accomplishments but instead gives it all to his teammates.

“We work hard in practice this past week and took everything serious,” said Campos. “But we also had fun. We had three great practices and that converted to a win Friday. We gained a lot of confidence and played a complete game.”

Please notice that Danny never uses the words “I” or “me” but always spoke of “we“. I had to ask him to whom he was referring when he spoke of “we“.

“It is the whole football team,” continued Campos. “Everybody has a big part on this team. We keep each other up and never bring ourselves down. It is a fun group of guys to be around.”

“It all starts up front with our line and they make me look good. There should be awards for them because without them nothing else would happen. You can ask any of the receivers and running backs and they will tell you the same about our line.”

When ask about the difficulty of the season Campos said, “Each game makes us better and we have to keep working hard. It is getting us ready for district. We knew Coach Wood had faith in us and that we were up to playing against the bigger teams.”

“We first knew during two-a-days that this team was going places.”

Campos, with the help of the whole team, has completed 108 of 174 passing attempts for 1768 yards, 19 touchdowns and only been intercepted four times.

If part two of the season is anything like part one then Mule fans should be in for a fun ride deep into the post season. 

Campos Ford Built Tough Player Week 5 (10-1-2015)

Campos Ford Built Tough Player Week 5 (10-1-2015)

The Ford Motor Company announced the winners of the 2015 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week trophy for week five. The Built Ford Tough gridiron heroes are honored for their performance on the field and their leadership off the field.

Each week of the regular high school football season will see a new winner in the sport’s six classifications, all with hopes of ultimately becoming the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Year.

The Mules are open but at halftime of this week’s games, the midpoint of the 11-week 2015 season will be reached. Now the action begins to heat up with most teams starting district action.

Ford Motor Company and each of the 234 Texas Ford Dealers are delighted to honor six student-athletes each week. These young men have excelled on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. The Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week Award for Week five in Class 3-A is Danny Campos.

Campos follows in the footsteps of the Mules' previous Ford Players of the Week. Garrett Riley, Wes Wood, Jared Skipworth, Cooper Washington and Caleb Wood have been named as a weekly winner. Riley and W. Wood were honored as Player of the Year.

Campos was an easy choice this week. The 6-2, 175-pound quarterback completed 16 of 22 passes for 432 yards and seven touchdowns (43, 12, 70, 41, 3, 77, and 51 yards) Friday night. He also led the number 10-ranked Mules on the ground with seven carries for 48 yards in a 58-7 rout of Kermit.

Campos is a solid 3.5 GPA student. His other activities include FFA, the stock show, and church work, among others. He continues to draw interest from local colleges and he wants to play on Saturdays.

Every Saturday morning at 8:30 AM (this week's show re-airs on Monday, October 5 at 2:00 PM and Wednesday, October 7, at 1:30 pm), be sure to dial up the Built Ford Tough High School Player of the Week TV show on Fox Sports Southwest to get the latest updates on the award winners.

MHS C-C @ Amarillo (9-26-2015)

MHS C-C @ Amarillo (9-26-2015)

The Lady Mules placed fourth from a field of 16 teams in the Amarillo Rebel Run Saturday morning. Three freshmen girls lead the way for the Lady Mules with Liliana Martinez finishing sixth with a time of 14 minutes and one second.

Alyssa Wheeler placed 13th with a time of 14:40 and Dellany Martinez had a time of 14:49 for 19th place. Other members of the team were Jasmine Garza, Mireya Ruvulcaba, Jennifer Cervantes, and Brianna Barron. There were a total of 114 runners in the varsity division.

The Mules finished 11th from 18 teams with 132 competitors. Evan Paez lead the Mules with a 31st place finish in a time of 18:16. Running with Paez this week was Eduardo Panjota, Jacob Kettner, Edyy Elizalde, Coleman Preston, and Rejino Sanchez.

“This was a really big meet with some great competition for my kids,” said Muleshoe High School‘s cross-country coach, Eddie Niblett. “We only have two more meets before district.”

“This season has flown by. I am overwhelmed most days that the majority of my kids that started our season are still running with us. Sometimes circumstances out of their control cause us to be short handed. I am very proud of all the runners for continuing to work so hard and support each other on a daily basis.”

The JV Lady Mules ran eighth out of 14 teams. Ricarda Elizalde lead the Lady Mules by placing 45th with a time of 16:28. There were 214 girls in this race. Also running in the meet were Reina Regalado, Citlalli Vargas, Kyndal Miller, Ab Mendoza, Sophie Reyna, and Lillie Barrera.

The JV Mules were 11th out of 16 teams. Jose Nava, a freshman, placed 32nd from 149 runners with a time of 19:41. Also running Saturday was Jesse Leal, Malachi Rodriguez, Kevin Gonzales, and Fabian Valadez.

The teams will compete Saturday in the Sundown Roughneck Cross-Country Meet. The first gun sounds at 9:00 AM. The final meet prior to the District 2-3A Meet will be the Abernathy Antelope Cross-Country Meet October 10, 2015.