Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mules vs. River Road (10-10-2014)

Mules vs. River Road (10-10-2014)

The Mule defense smothered the River Road Wildcat Wishbone offense. The Mules held the Wildcats to just three first downs on 81 yards rushing and 31 yards passing for a total of 112 yards of offense.

The Wildcats only touchdown came on a blocked punt that rolled into the end zone. Wes Clarkson never had a chance to get the punt away with the rush coming untouched up the middle. The defensive TD tied the ball game at 7-7 with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half.

Josh Lopez had more total offense than River Road by rushing for 133 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns. He also caught one pass for seven yards. The Mules defeated the Wildcats 21-7.

“It was not pretty,” said Coach David Wood. “But a win is a win. River Road had a good scheme against our passing game but when a defense tries to take one thing away they have to give something else up and we were able to take advantage.”

“It is nice to be 1-0 in district and right now it is all about making the playoffs and earning the highest place possible in the standings. Of course the gold ball and district championship is always our goal.”

“We will spend this week preparing for Friona. They always play us a tough game and we have to play our best to beat them.”

Felipe Guerrero kicked off to the Wildcat eight to start the game. The Wildcats returned the kick to the River Road 26. The Wildcats fumbled on first down but recovered for a three-yard loss.

Braden Bessire in his first game back in action for the Mules and in a new position stayed home and contained the pitch sweep. He fought off a block and made contact with the ball carrier. Tony Vasquez and Isaac Acosta finished off the tackle for a three-yard loss.

The Wildcats attempted the pitch sweep back the other way and Dagen Dunham broke through the line and managed to grab a handful of the running back’s jersey and dragged him to the ground for no gain. The River Road punt died on the Wildcat 42.

Danny Campos was forced to scramble for a single yard on the Mules’ first offensive play. Dustin Smith and Jaxon Lee pried the door open for Lopez to race through. He made one man miss and dragged a tackler five yards for a 16-yard gain.

Lopez scooted wide right on the next play and Dunham sealed the corner. Lopez gained 11-yards for a first down. A penalty negated Cristian Paez first run but Smith and Lee pulled on the next play. Lee pan caked the linebacker and Smith chopped down the corner to turn Paez loose for 15 yards to the River Road four-yard line.

A motion penalty backed the Mules up but Smith and Lee kicked the door down for Lopez and he raced by the linebacker and dozed over the safety for the Mules first TD from eight yards out. Guerrero tacked on the point after.

The game was tied at 7-7 at the intermission.

Late in the third period the Wildcats fumbled and Roman Franco claimed the ball for the Mules at the River Road 15. Lopez lined up in the Pistol formation behind Campos. Campos took the deep snap and started to his right. Jason Florez stepped back from his inside receiver spot and raced toward Campos.

Campos hung the ball in the air and Florez snagged the ball on the reverse for 10 yards. Isaac Luebanos made the block to set Florez free. A holding penalty cost the Mules 10 yards on the next play. Lopez then scored from 13-yards out. Guerrero’s kick gave the Mules a 14-7 lead with 2:34 left in the third quarter.

The Wildcats were desperate in the fourth quarter and on fourth down attempted a pass. Vasquez went high over the intended receiver and batted the ball away and the Mules took over on downs at the Mule 37.

Campos kept up the middle for 14 yards. Tre Villa took the helm and gained five yards on a quarterback sweep. Lopez then scooted around the right side for 36 yards to the River Road eight.

Lee and James Lutz cross blocked with Lee taking out the linebacker and Lutz sealing off the defensive end. Lopez zipped up the middle for and eight-yard touchdown. Guerrero sealed the deal with the PAT kick with 4:48 remaining in the game.

River Road tried to shorten the game by using as much of the 40-second clock as possible on each of their offensive plays. The Mules finished the night with a total of 231 yards of offense. They rushed for 187 yards and passed for 44.

Campos rushed seven times for 15 yards and completed five of 15 passes for 44 yards. Paez rushed five times for 17 yards and Villa ran twice for six yards. Florez had one carry for 20 yards.

Florez caught three passes for 22 yards and Keagan Gonzales made one catch for 15 yards. 

Issac Acosta led the Mule defense with 18 tackles, two being for losses and one sack. Kevin Mendoza made 16 tackles, with two for losses, one sack, one quarterback hurry and one special teams tackle.

Dunham recorded 14 stops, one for a loss, one sack and four quarterback hurries. Ryder White had 15 tackles and David Rodriguez made 14. Francisco Elizalde led the special teams with three tackles. 

The win put the Mules on top of the district leader board along with Friona and Littlefield. The Mules will host the Friona Chieftains Friday night. 

JV Mules vs. River Road (10-9-2014)

JV Mules vs. River Road (10-9-2014)

The JV Mules stampeded over the River Road Wildcats 40-20 in the district opener. A running clock to ended the contest early. The Mules ran a Starburst return on the opening kickoff to the Mule 49. Evan Paez set the tone for the game with a 12-yard run on the first play of the game.

The Mules first drive stalled out on the Wildcat 25. River Road gained five and two yards on their first two plays but Boo Flores and Dylan Miller got in the backfield for a yard loss on third down.

The River Road punt went out of bounds at the Mule 39. Jose Angel Mendoza took the deep snap and streaked wide right before cutting up field for a 61-yard touchdown run. Blake Parker tacked on the point after for a 7-0 Mule lead with 4:29 remaining in the first period.

Tim Perez saved a touchdown with a tackle at the Mule 25 after a 35-yard Wildcat gain. River Road scored on a seven-yard quarterback sneak with 2:13 left in the opening period. The point-after kick was good and the game was tied at 7-7.

Mendoza returned the ensuing kickoff 19 yards to the Mule 21. Paez made back-to-back runs of 15 and 40 yards to the River Road 10. The Wildcats picked off a Mule pass at the goal line and returned it 20 yards.

River Road needed two-yards on the first play of the second quarter and the quarterback blasted through the middle on a keeper. He raced 45 yards and appeared to be on his way for a TD when he dropped the ball. The Mules recovered the fumble at their own 27.

Two plays later the Mules gave the ball back on a fumble at the Mule 23. The Wildcats scored on a five-yard pass to take the lead. The PAT was good and River Road led for the first time,14-7, with 5:33 left in the half.

Mendoza was tackled by the facemask on first down after an eight-yard gain. Paez gained three yards to midfield. Mendoza rolled wide left for 22 yards and connected with Matt Flores on the next play for eight yards. The pass was tipped but M. Flores was able to collect the ball.

Mendoza raced up the middle on a quarterback draw for eight yards to give the Mules a first and goal at the Wildcat two-yard line. Paez went into the end zone untouched. Parker’s kick tied the game at 14-14 with 3:22 remaining in the half.

Mendoza made the special team tackle on the ensuing kickoff at the Wildcat 24. The Mule defense held the Wildcats and forced them to punt. Dominik Hasley blocked the punt and the Mules took over on the River Road 24.

B. Flores made a block that set Mendoza free for a 24-yard touchdown run to put the Mules on top to stay. The Mules faked the point-after-try and Mendoza ran in for the two-point conversion and a 22-14 Mule lead at the half.

The Mules kicked off to start the second half.

The Wildcats could not get out of the shadow of their own goal post and failed to complete a fourth down pass at the River Road 26.

Mendoza connected with Aaron Sanchez with a wide-receiver screen pass. Sanchez raced 26 yards for a touchdown. The Mules led 28-14 with 2:28 left in the third period.

Bryce Mauricio kicked off to the River Road five and B. Flores and Ramon Martinez raced down field for the tackle at the Wildcat 13. The Wildcats decided to go for the first down on the first play of the fourth period.

Francisco Saucedo broke through the Wildcat blocking for a two-yard loss on fourth down to give the Mules the ball on the River Road 15. Mendoza spotted M. Flores streaking down the Wildcat sideline and delivered him the ball for a 15-yard touchdown pass and run to extend the Mule lead to 34-14.

Most of the fight seemed to be gone from the Wildcats as Hasley, Parker and Paez all were in the backfield for a four-yard loss. The Wildcats fumbled on the next play and Roman Martinez pounced on the loose ball for the Mules at the River Road 43.

Paez scooted wide left for 19 yards on first down. Mendoza kept up the middle for a 24-yard touchdown to end all scoring.

The Mules will travel to Friona Thursday night but return home October 23 to host the Childress Bobcats. 

9th Mules vs. River Road (10-9-2014)

9th Mules vs. River Road (10-9-2014)

The freshmen Mules kept their winning streak alive at five straight wins. They defeated their only district opponent 38-6. The Mules and River Road Wildcats are the only two freshmen teams in District 1-3A.

The Mules both opened and closed district play with win for the District 1-3A Championship Thursday evening.

River Road kicked off to start the game and Arnulfo Hernandez returned the ball 27 yards to the Mule 45. Isaac Mendoza kept the ball on a quarterback sweep for eight yards. An offside penalty gave the Mules a first down at the River Road 42.

Hernandez pounded up the middle for four yards and Mendoza scooted around the right side and cut back toward the middle of the field for 15 yards to the Wildcat 23. Mendoza then kept up the middle for 12 yards.

Hernandez blasted up the middle with the Hammer play on first down. He broke a tackle at the three-yard line and dove into the end zone for a ten-yard touchdown with 6:13 remaining in the first period. Mendoza sneaked up the middle for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 Mule lead.

The Mule defense forced a Wildcat fumble on the first play of the second period and Jeremiah Smith recovered for the Mules at the Mule 43.

The Mules ran a double reverse on third down and 11 needed for a first. Michael Lozano wound up with the ball in the backfield. He pulled up and launched a pass down field to Jacob Kettner standing 10 yards behind the defense at the River Road 29. Kettner scored on the 58-yard pass and run. The Mules led 14-0 with 8:01 left in the half.

Hernandez booted the kickoff through the end zone for a touch back. The Wildcats drove 75 yards on 11 plays to cut the Mule lead to 14-8 at the intermission.

Hernandez ended the first half with a 56-yard punt and then kicked off to the end zone to start the third quarter.

River Road fumbled on the first play of the second half and Billy Tosh recovered the ball for the Mules on the Wildcat 17. But the Mules could not capitalize and fumbled the ball back to the Wildcats two plays later.

Carlos Meza and Hernandez teamed up for a stop at the Wildcat 40. Kettner stepped in front of a River Road receiver. He picked off a pass at the Wildcat 45 and returned the ball 20 yards before being brought down.

Two plays later Hernandez took an option pitch from Mendoza and scooted 20 yards for a touchdown with 4:50 left in the third period. Mendoza connected with Kettner for the two-point conversion and a 22-6 Mule lead.

The Mules put on a gang tackling exhibition as the Wildcats attempted to run up the middle. The Mules took over on downs near midfield.

A holding penalty appeared to have halted the Mules’ drive before it could get started. The Mules faked a punt and Smith passed to Lozano at the Wildcat 42. Lozano scooted to the three-yard line before being caught from behind.

The Mules scored on a one-yard sneak by Mendoza with 9:24 left in the game. Mendoza found JoJo Rejino open in the end zone for the two-point conversion to extend the Mule lead to 30-6.

Smith broke up a pass on fourth down to halt the Wildcats at the Mule 33.

Hernandez blasted up the middle and ran through three tackles before breaking free for a 67-yard TD run on first down with 6:33 left in the game. Mendoza went up the middle on a quarterback draw for the two-point conversion that ended all scoring. 

The Mules put their winning streak on the line Thursday in Shallowater’s Mustang Stadium at 5:00 PM. The Mules return home October 23 to host the Plainview Bulldogs.

Jr.Hi Cross-Country @ Sundown (10-11-2014)

Jr.Hi Cross-Country @ Sundown (10-11-2014)

The seventh and eighth grade Lady Mule and Mule cross-country teams had to combine to compete in the Sundown Roughneck Cross-Country Meet this past Saturday. The girls placed seventh out of 24 total teams.

Liliana Martinez led the Lady Mules and received the seventh place individual medal with a time of 14 minutes 58.23 seconds.

The Mules completed the three-mile course and placed fourth out of 15 teams. 

“This is the first meet we have been able to have in several weeks,” said Coach Jalissa King. “It was nice to go compete again. All of our kids ran really well for having sat out for a while.”

The Lady Mules and Mules will run in the District 1-3A Cross-Country Meet Monday October 20th on the Mae Simmons course in Lubbock. Times for the meet are yet to be announced.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

8th Mules vs. Abernathy (10-2-2014)

8th Mules vs. Abernathy (10-2-2014)

The eighth grade Mules used big plays to defeat the Abernathy Antelopes 24-6 Thursday afternoon. The Antelopes jumped in front after forcing the Mules to punt. Abernathy ate up most of the first quarter with a six minute, 52-yard drive that was ended with a five-yard run. The two-point conversion failed and the Mules trailed 6-0.

Abernathy kicked off to the Mule 39 and Ean Hasley made the return to the Mule 45. Brenden Mehl hit Ryan Rodriguez in stride at the Abernathy 20 with a pass. Rodriguez scooted to the end zone to tie the game with no time left in the opening period.

Mehl and Rodriguez teamed up for the two-point conversion to put the Mules in the lead to stay.

The two teams exchanged punts through the second quarter and the half ended with the Mules leading 8-6.

The Mules took over in the second half and forced the Antelopes to go three-and-out after returning the opening kickoff to the Abernathy 35. The Antelopes punted out of bounds at the Mule 47.

A wide-receiver screen pass from Mehl to Izaiah Hurtado was good four nine yards and a first down in Abernathy territory. A pitch left to Jorge Albarran went for seven yards and that was followed with a 10-yard Mehl run.

Mehl found Yoel Reyes open at the Abernathy 12. Reyes reached the Antelope five before being pulled down. A holding penalty on first and goal cost the Mules 10 yards. Mehl tossed to Rodriguez wide open in the end zone and stretched the Mule lead.

Albarran made the catch for the two-point conversion to give the Mules a 16-6 lead with 1:08 left in the third period.

Jamie Vidana kicked off to the Abernathy 32 and the Antelopes returned the ball to the Abernathy 42. A quick first down by the Antelopes moved the ball to the Mule 45 before Vidana got in the backfield for a three-yard loss.

Rudy Ruiz and Brady Martinez made the stop of fourth down two-yards short of a first to give the Mules the ball.

Mehl tossed to Hurtado to move the Mules to the 43. Mehl rolled left and scampered 57 yards for a touchdown with 6:32 left in the game. Mehl and Reyes teamed up for the two-point conversion and the final points of the game.

The Mules open district on the road Thursday in River Road against the Wildcats.