Monday, September 29, 2014

Lubbock Cross-Country Meet (9-27-14)



Lubbock Cross-Country Meet (9-27-14)

Only the Lady Mule and Mule varsity runners competed in the Lubbock Cross-Country Meet on the Mae Simmons Park Course Saturday morning. It was a small group of runners from Muleshoe compared to most of the meets in which they compete.

Mireya Ruvulcaba finished 30th in the girls division with a time of 13 minutes and 47 seconds.

“She gets stronger every meet and continues to be a leader for this young ladies team,” said Muleshoe cross-country coach, Edie Niblett.

Evan Paez added to his medal count this year by placing 13th in the boys division with a time of 17:48.

“With all the rain that Lubbock has had, the course was really in pretty good shape,” continued Niblett. “We will run again in Lubbock at the district meet October 20th. Our next meet is in Sundown October fourth and we hope to get a good look at our district competition. Today was a great day to be a Mule.”

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mules vs. Perryton (9-19-2014)



Mules vs. Perryton (9-19-2014)

The Mules made the very long trip to Perryton Friday afternoon. Even breaking up the trip into more normal distances did not seem to aid the Mules. The trip home may have seemed much farther after losing to the Perryton Rangers, 32-21.

The Mules took the opening kickoff and marched 64 yards in eight plays to put the first points on the board with 7:23 left in the first period.

Josh Lopez pounded up the middle for two yards. Perryton was called for being off sides before Lopez took a pitch 14 yards from Danny Campos. Lopez again pounded the middle for a couple of yards.

A motion penalty set the Mules back to the Mule 46. Campos tossed a pass to Tre Villa at the Perryton 37. Villa scooted to the Ranger 29 for a 17-yard gain. The Mules recovered from a holding penalty with a Campos to Chamel Regalado that was good for 11 yards.

Regalado got open on the next play and he scooted to the Ranger eight yard line and a gain of 15 yards. Lopez bounced off of tackles to just outside the end zone before being brought down. A motion penalty moved the Mules back just outside the five-yard line.

Campos tried to drop the ball in a bucket near the back corner of the end zone. Keagan Gonzales raced to the corner and had to reach back for the ball. He tipped the ball up and was able to dive back and secure the ball for a touchdown before it hit the turf.

Felipe Guerrero booted the point after to give the Mules a 7-0 lead with 7:23 remaining in the opening period.

“I felt like we were the better team going into the game Friday night,” said Mule coach David Wood. “When the game was over, I knew we were the better team, and yet we did not win the game.”

“We lost our focus and I am not sure what happened. But I know we must get our focus back and play like we know how to play to win games. This team has an unbelievable amount of potential and we must unleash that potential and start putting games in the win column.”

The Rangers answered with an eight-play 68-yard drive that was capped by a three-yard toss from Hadley Allred. Dustin Smith broke through the Ranger line and got a hand on point-after-kick to keep the Mules in front 7-6 with 1:48 left in the opening period.

The two teams exchanged punts and the Rangers were able to take advantage of the wind and a short Mule punt. Perryton put together a 42-yard drive and scored on a five-yard run by Kolby Hall. The PAT was no good but the Rangers took a 12-7 lead that they never relinquished.

The Rangers scored a second time in the second period for a 20-7 lead with 1:23 remaining in the first half.

Jason Florez returned the ensuing Perryton kick up the middle to the Ranger 48. The Mules only had 1:18 left in the first half. The Mules use every second of that time.

An incomplete pass started the drive but Campos connected with Regalado for half the distance on second down. Two more incomplete passes ensued before Campos hit Regalado at the goal line with no time left on the clock. Guerrero added the point after and the Mules trailed 20-14 with the second half still left to play.

Perryton drove 70 yards in 15 plays to start the second half and scored on a 13-yard pass from Allred to Hall. The two-point conversion failed but Perryton led 26-14 with 5:30 left in the third quarter.

The Mules mounted a 70-yard drive of their own that ate all but 53 seconds off the clock in the third period. The Mules used 14 plays to score. Campos connected with Regalado for the second time of the night from six-yards out. Guerrero’s kick was good and the Mules trailed 26-21.

The Mules had opportunities in the final quarter but were intercepted once in the end zone and once at the two-yard line.

Campos was 17 of 34 passing for 229 yards. The Mules rushed 22 times for 102 yards. Lopez rushed 14 times for 52 yards and Florez carried once for 32 yards. Regalado made eight receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Gonzales made four catches for 36 yards and one score.

Regalado made 11 tackles and intercepted one pass. Roman Franco also had 11 tackles plus a special teams tackle. Kevin Mendoza made eight stops and one quarterback hurry. Javy Perez had seven tackles, Tony Castillo six and Issac Acosta six.

The Kermit Yellow Jackets visit the Mules for the 2014 Home Coming game Friday night. Festivities will begin at 7:00 PM.

JV Mules vs. Perryton (9-19-14)



JV Mules vs. Perryton (9-19-14)

The JV Mules continue to supply players to the Mule varsity on a weekly basis but continue to find ways to win. The Mules defeated the Perryton Rangers Thursday evening 32-22.

The Mules took the opening kick and drove their 35 to the Perryton 23 before a fumble cost the Mules the ball.

The Rangers had a first-and-10 at the Mule 33 when Bryce Mauricio fought through a hold for a tackle seven yards behind the line of scrimmage. Tim Perez made the stop on third down leaving the Rangers seven-yards short of a first. Jose Angel Mendoza battled through a block and made the stop for no gain.

The Mules took over on downs at the Mule 30. Jesse Easiley went up the middle for a 13-yard gain. Mendoza carried wide right for an eight yard gain. Mendoza tossed to Matt Flores flying down the Perryton side line for a 49-yard touchdown with 2:28 left in the opening period. The Mules led 6-0.

Perryton returned the ensuing kick to the Mule 40 before Mauricio made the stop. Evan Paez made the stop on first down and an offensive facemask penalty backed the Rangers up to the Mule 43. Brando Chavez blasted into the Ranger backfield for a four-yard loss. The Rangers punted to the Mule 15.

The two teams exchanged punts as the second period started and the Ranger punt rolled dead on the Mule 11.

Easily took a pitch from Mendoza and scooted nine yards on first down. Mendoza kept wide right for 14 yards for a first down. An inside screen from Mendoza to Mario Flores was good for seven yards.

Mendoza scooted for 11 yards on first down. He then tossed to Chavez running a slant over the middle for 19 yards to the Ranger 26. Mendoza carried to the nine to give the Mules a first and goal with just under a minute left in the first half.

The Mules could not move on the first three plays. The Rangers were off sides on fourth down to advance the Mules to the five-yard line. Easily scored on a pitch from Mendoza with 29 seconds left in the half. Mendoza tossed to Easiley for the two-point conversion.

The Mules led 14-0 at the half.

The Mules onside kick did not go the required 10 yards and Perryton claimed the ball at the Mule 45 to start the second half.

Perryton fumbled and the Mules recovered at midfield. Mendoza spun for four yards on first down. M. Flores snagged a two-yard pass from Mendoza. Aaron Sanchez took a bubble screen for six yards. Mendoza broke loose up the middle for a 38-yard touchdown. The point after was no good and the Mules led 20-0 with 7:58 left in the third quarter.

The Mules kicked off to the Perryton 12 and the Rangers returned to the Mule 25. Three plays later the Rangers were on the scoreboard and added the two-point conversion to trail the Mules 20-8 with 6:56 left in the third quarter.

Perryton kicked off and the Mules fumbled. The Rangers recovered at the Mule 14.

The Mule defense was up to the challenge with Chavez making the stop for no gain on first down. The Mules took over on downs at the Mule 16.

Easily raced nine yards and Mendoza scampered eight yards for a first down at the Mule 33. Easily went up the middle for four yards before Mendoza connected with M. Flores with an eight-yard toss. The Mules were picked off at midfield.

Perryton drove to the Mule 18 before Sanchez picked off a tipped Ranger pass in the Mule end zone and returned to the Mule 10. The Mules fumbled and the Rangers recovered on the Mule one-yard line.

Perryton scored on first down but the two-point conversion failed and the Mules led 20-14.

Mendoza returned the Perryton kick 11-yards to the Mule 39. Sanchez took a screen pass eight yards and Mendoza added eight more yards on second down. Mendoza tossed to Chavez racing down the Perryton sideline for a 41-yard touchdown. The Mules led 26-14 with 7:31 remaining in the game.

Following the kickoff the Mule defense held the Rangers and took over on downs at the Mule 40.

Easiley broke for 13 yards. Mendoza went up the middle for 42 yards to the Ranger five-yard line. Easiley scored on a pitch from Mendoza with 5:22 remaining in the game. The Mules had extended their lead to 32-14.

The Rangers scored one last time on an 11-yard run. The two point conversion was good to cut the Mule lead to 32-22.

The Mules took the final minutes off the clock to end the game.

The Mules rushed for 260 yards and passed for 155 yards for a total offense of 415 yards. Mendoza led the Mules in rushing with 16 carries for 198 yards. Easiley ran five times for 38 yards and Paez carried five times for 38 yards. M. Flores caught four passes for 65 yards and Chavez snagged one pass for 49 yards. Ross made three receptions for 20 yards and Mario Flores caught two for 10 yards.

Mauricio led the defense with eight tackles, one for a loss and broke up three passes. Donovan Gutierrez made 10 tackles and recovered a fumble. Chavez had nine tackles with one being for a loss.

T. Perez had five tackles, one being for a loss and made a big hit. Mendoza made four tackles with two being for losses. Aryn Ross intercepted a pass in the end zone and Dominik Hasley forced a fumble. 

The Mules will make the long trip to Kermit to battle the Yellow Jackets Thursday evening.

9th Mules vs. Perryton (9-18-14)



9th Mules vs. Perryton (9-18-14)

The freshmen Mules are a scrappy bunch that do not run just the traditional spread offense of the Mules. They also mix in proven plays of earlier Mule offenses and have found themselves and ways to win.

The Mules defeated the Perryton Rangers 8-0 Thursday afternoon.

The Mules kicked off to start the game Thursday and forced the Rangers to a three and out series. Cesar Olvera and Coleman Preston plugged up the middle for no gain on first down. Zach Atwood made a stop on third down that left the Rangers four yards short of a first.

The Mules drove to the Ranger seven-yard line before having a pass picked off at the goal line. Perryton returned the interception to the Ranger 16 before Isaac Mendoza made the tackle.

It was three and out again for the Rangers. Joe Waggoner and Atwood diagnosed a screen pass and made the tackle. Carlos Meza chased down the Perryton quarterback for a seven-yard sack. Waggoner and Olvera teamed up on a sack that cost the Rangers six yards on third down.

The Perryton punt was taken at the Ranger 34 and Michael Lozano returned the ball to the Perryton 14.

Mendoza made seven yards on a quarterback sneak up the middle. The Mules needed six yards for a first down from the Ranger 10-yard line. Mendoza connected with Jeremiah Smith on a slant over the middle at the goal line for a touchdown with 41 seconds left in the first period. Lozano took the Hammer Pitch from Mendoza for the two-point conversion to put the Mules ahead 8-0.

Arnulfo Hernandez kicked off to the Ranger 23 and there was no return. The Rangers gained a pair of first downs before Lozano picked off a tipped pass at the Mule 26 and returned it 20 yards.

The Mules chewed six minutes off the clock before fumbling in the Perryton end zone and the Rangers recovered. The Mules led 8-0 at the intermission.

The Mules had a scoring opportunity in the fourth period. The Mules were forced to punt on fourth down but Perryton fumbled and Smith recovered for the Mules at the Ranger 26 with 2:08 left in the game.

The Mules could only gain one yard and turned the ball over on downs. Lozano stole his second Ranger pass at the Ranger 48 with nine seconds remaining on the clock.

Mendoza took a knee to start the clock and end the game.

The Mules will hit the road to Kermit Thursday afternoon to play the Yellow Jackets and extend their winning streak to four games and finish non-district with a 4-1 record.   

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mules vs. Seagraves (9-12-2014)



Mules vs. Seagraves (9-12-2014)

Sprinkles and mist may have blurred the officials vision Friday night in Seagraves as the Mules tangled with the Eagles. The Mules put up a battle but in the end Seagraves limped away with a 40-34 win and the officials may have risen to the top of the Eagles’ list of favorites for any future playoff games. 

“We gave them a full game tonight,” said Mule coach David Wood. “They had not had a whole game all season. They are an extremely good class 2A football team.”

“Our kids played hard and we gave them a run for their money. There were things that happened in that game that I could have corrected before the game. I did not do a good enough job of preparing and teaching the young kids.”

“Hopefully this was a good teaching tool for us. Sometimes we go along and think that kids know a lot about what to do in certain situations during the game. We were not ready to think on our toes. So we are doing things different in practice so we can win games at the end.”

“There are good things and bad things that happen during a ball game and we just have to know how to adjust to both. We seem to respond better to bad things than we do to good things.”

“When we had something good happen we seemed to let the opportunity to slip away from us. The stat in the game that really sticks out to me is that we were ahead after the first, second and third quarters and we still didn’t win the game.”

“We just did not maintain for four quarters and we have to change that,” concluded Coach Wood.  

The Eagles had not been scored on in their first two games of the season nor had an opponent crossed their 40 yard line.

Seagraves scored first when Tanner Rodriguez capped a nine play drive that covered 61 yards with a screen pass to Kory Kyle from nine-yards out. The two-point conversion was good and Seagraves led 8-0 with 7:02 remaining in the first period.

The Mules only needed two minutes to answer with a 67-yard scoring drive. The Mules were penalized on their first offensive play that was a pass to Keagan Gonzales from Danny Campos that would have gone from the Mule 33 to the Eagle 15. But instead the Mules were backed up five yards on the penalty.

Josh Lopez went up the middle for 12 yards for a first down. Campos again hit Gonzales on the fade down the sideline for a 26-yard gain to the Eagle 32. Lopez went wide right to the outside for an 11-yard gain.

Campos tossed a swing pass to Cristian Paez for six yards. Campos then connected with Tony Castillo running a crossing route at the Eagle seven. He blasted a defender into the end zone from the one-yard line to score. The play covered 15 yards. The Mules faked the point-after kick and Campos carried over for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 8-8 with 4:55 left in the first quarter.

The Eagles picked up a first down on an interference call after the Mule kickoff. The Mules refused to move after that and forced the Eagles to punt for the first time from the Eagle 40. Rodriguez, the Eagles quarterback and punter, booted the ball into the hip pads of one of his blockers.

The ball took a Mule bounce all the way back to the Eagle five. Lopez attempted to get outside and was thrown for a four-yard loss. Campos connected with Gonzales on a crossing route at the goal line for a nine-yard TD. Felipe Guerrero booted the point after for a 15-8 Mule lead with 2:29 remaining in the opening period.

The Mule defense made a goal line stand after the Eagles got a first down on the Mule six-yard line. Four plays later the Mules took over on downs at the Mule five. Lopez got the Mules out of the shadow of their own goal post with a 21-yard run. The Mules were forced to punt. Seagraves returned the punt to mid field.

It took the Eagles five plays to score on a four-yard run by Rodriguez. The two-point conversion was good and Seagraves had jumped back in front of the Mules 16-15 with 2:05 left in the first half.

The Mules started their final drive of the half at their own 25. Campos marched the Mules down the field with an 11-yard toss to Castillo and a 16-yard pass and run to Gonzales. Jason Florez saved Campos from an interception by snatching the ball out of a defender’s hands at the Eagle 37 and then raced to the Eagle 30.

Lopez bulldozed his way for five yards. The Mules sent three receivers wide to the right side. They all went vertical and Campos laid the ball in the hands of Florez six-yards deep in the end zone to give the Mules the lead for the second time.

Campos was hit as he attempted to deliver the two-point conversion pass. The ball fluttered for a few yards before being intercepted by Kyle and he returned it 94 yards to give the Eagles the two points. The Mules led 21-18 at the intermission.

The Mules returned the opening kick of the second half to the Mule 37. Lopez raced through a hole in the center of the line. He was hit from behind near the 50 and boosted on his way to the end zone. The 63-yard touch down run and Guerrero’s point-after kick extended the Mule lead to 28-18.

The Mule defense held the Eagles for three downs to force a punt. A high snap sailed over Rodriguez head and he chased down the ball and rolled to his left. It appeared that at least two offensive linemen were down field blocking when Rodriguez threw a pass.

No flag was thrown and the pass was completed for a first down. The Mules did not seem to recover from the badly missed call. The Eagles went on to score on a two-yard run by Rodriguez and the two-point conversion was added. The Mules continued to lead 28-26 with 6:27 left in the third quarter.

After the kickoff the Mules fumbled and the Eagles recovered on the Mule three. Rodriguez ran the ball over but the two-point conversion failed. Seagraves led 32-28 with 5:27 remaining in the third period.

The Mule offense sputtered to a stop but the defense stepped up to hold the Eagles to three-and-out. Castillo gave up his body to stop the Eagle punt from bouncing inside the Mule five.

Campos and Castillo connected for a 12-yard gain. A wide receiver screen to Gonzales moved the Mules to the Eagle 28. Lopez gained seven yards on a run up the middle. Campos tossed from the Mule 39 to Chamel Regalado at the Eagle 47. Regalado raced past a defender to the Eagle 16 for a 45-yard gain.

Florez streaked down field and then cut toward front corner of the end zone. Campos hung the ball up at the goal line for Florez to run under for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed and the Mules took the lead for the third time of the night. The Mules led 34-32 with three seconds left in the third quarter.

The Eagles scored one final time on a 43-yard run by Kyle and the two-point conversion was good.

The Mules rushed for 167 yards and threw for 224 for a total offense of 391. Lopez led the Mules in rushing with 11 times for 149 yards. Campos connected on 15 of 30 passing attempts.

Regalado made three receptions for 60 yards and Florez caught three passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Castillo snagged five passes for 55 yards and one score and Saul Sanchez caught one pass for 15 yards.

Regalado led the Mule defense with 11 solo tackles, six assists, and two special teams tackles. Roman Franco made five solo tackles, two assists, and two special teams tackles. Castillo had seven solo stops, two assists and intercepted two passes.

Kevin Mendoza made five solo tackles and three assists. Tony Vasquez had six solo tackles, two special teams stops and broke up one pass. James Lutz made four solo tackles, two assists and broke up a pass. Dustin Smith had two solo stops and four assists. 

The Mules will make their longest bus ride of the regular season to Perryton to play the Rangers Friday night.