Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mules vs. Kermit (9-26-2014)

Mules vs. Kermit (9-26-2014)

The Mules dominated the Kermit Yellow Jackets much to the delight of the Muleshoe Homecoming crowd. The week’s festivities were culminated with the 41-13 win by the Mules.

“It was not pretty but it is what our team need,” said Mule coach David Wood. “We came out and played a solid game on both offense and defense. It was a great Homecoming game and everyone got in the game tonight.”

“We wanted to be able to establish the running game tonight and we got it done. We are continuing to find out more and more about our team as well as that more kids can play the game.”

“We really needed this win and it will be good for us mentally and a lot of other ways. It really came at a good time for us.”

The Mules won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half. Felipe Guerrero teed up the ball and kicked off onsides toward the Mule sideline. The ball hit the turf at the Kermit 48 and took a high bounce over the front line of Yellow Jackets.

The ball again hit the turf at the Kermit 40 and took a second high bounce. By the time the ball came down four Mules were rushing to it. Francisco Elizalde just beat Chamel Regalado to the ball. Elizalde snatched the ball out of the air at the Kermit 36.

Danny Campos kept the ball and went up the middle for 18 yards on the first play of the game. Campos fired a strike to Regalado running a seven-yard hitch pattern. Josh Lopez scored on his first carry of the night.

He ran thru a wide hole in the middle of the line and was untouched until he bounced off the safety at the five-yard line. Lopez scooted then scoot to the end zone. Guerrero tacked on the point after to give the Mules a 7-0 lead 55 seconds into the game.

The Yellow Jackets were better prepared for the onside kick and covered the ball on the Kermit 46. The quarterback, Jantzen Michel, kept the ball and ran behind two running backs for three yards on first down.

Michel rolled left and Regalado applied pressure causing Michel to throw the ball up earlier than he would have preferred. Jason Florez jumped the route and made the interception at the Mule 47-yard line and returned to the Kermit 31 before he was brought down. 

The Mule blew a hole in the middle of the line for Lopez and he raced for 14 yards. Lopez pounded the middle again for eight yards to the Kermit nine.

Tony Castillo lined up as the outside receiver of three receivers to the right. Castillo broke straight up the field before breaking toward the goal post. Campos delivered Castillo the ball a yard deep in the end zone for the Mules second touchdown.

Guerrero’s kick gave the Mules a 14-0 lead with 9:31 left in the first period.

The Mule defense held the Yellow Jackets and forced a punt. The Mules were moving but Campos came under pressure. His arm appeared to get hit as he threw the ball.

Noey Porras intercepted Campos’s pass in the flat and returned 40 yards for a defensive Kermit touchdown. A low snap changed the timing for the point after try. Kermit trailed the Mules 14-6 with 8:07 still left in the first period.

The Mules turned the ball over on downs and then held the Yellow Jackets and forced a punt. The Kermit went out of bounds at the Kermit 47.

Lopez got the Mules started with an 11-yard run up the middle. The Mules lost three yards on first down but Lopez broke outside for eight yards to right the Mules. The Mules sent three receivers wide to the right side of the field.

Castillo was the outside receiver and broke straight down the field for five yards and broke toward the goal post. Campos delivered Castillo the ball at the Kermit 19. Castillo took a hit at the Yellow Jacket 16 and the Kermit player hung on for three yards.

Castillo was able to shake loose and out run the defense to the end zone. Guerrero added the point after to extend the Mule lead to 21-6 with 2:25 remaining in the opening period.

Campos and Castillo teamed up a third time in the second period. Castillo was the lone receiver on the right side at the Kermit four-yard line. Castillo faked a slant over the middle and broke to the outside.

Campos launched the ball over the out stretched hands of a leaping Yellow Jacket line backer and dropped the ball to Castillo. Castillo had a step on the defender and jumped high in the air to secure the ball for a touchdown.

The scoring drive had had taken 10 plays and gone 80 yards. Guerrero added the point after and the Mules led 28-6 with 3:46 left in the first half.

The Yellow Jackets answered before the half ended with Michel throwing a 24-yard scoring strike to Jay Workman. The kick was good and cut the Mule lead to 28-13. The five-play drive covered 68 yards and provided the Yellow Jackets with most of their offensive yard on the night.

The second half passed quickly with the Mules scoring with 9:12 left in the third quarter. Lopez ran in from four-yards out to cap a nine-play 70-yard drive.

The Mules were back in the end zone in the fourth period with 8:01 remaining in the game. The Mules had gone 56 yards in just two plays.

The Mules were in double twins with Tre Villa as the outside receiver and Regalado the inside receiver at the Kermit 30. When the ball was snapped Villa dropped back off the line of scrimmage like he was preparing for a screen pass.

Regalado appeared to be preparing to block for Villa but broke downfield and ran past his defender. He was seven yards behind his defender when Campos tossed him the ball at the Kermit 13. Regalado out ran the safety to the corner for the final points of the game.

The Mules rolled up 553 yards of offense. They rushed for 420 yards and passed for 133. Josh Lopez rushed 24 times for 237 yards and two touchdowns. He caught two passes for 15 yards.

Campos completed nine of 24 passes for 133 yards and four touchdowns. Cristian Paez rushed 10 times for 89 yards, Campos carried eight times for 42 yards, Saul Sanchez rushed three times for 32 yards and Tre Villa carried once for 20 yards.

Castillo made three receptions for 44 yards and three touchdowns. Regalado made two catches for 37 yards and one score. Villa had one reception for 16 yards, Tony Vasquez caught one for 12 yards and Saul Sanchez had one catch for seven yards.

The Mule defense limited the Yellow Jackets to a total of 81 yards. They passed for 55 yards and rushed for 26.

Ryder White led the Mule defense with 11 tackles, one being for a loss, one quarterback hurry, broke up two passes and made a big hit. Regalado had eight tackles with two for losses, two sacks, four quarterback hurries and two special team tackles.

Kevin Mendoza made eight tackles, Issac Acosta had five tackles with one being for a loss and one special team tackles. Cristian Paez made five tackles with one being on special teams and Roman Franco had five tackles and broke up one pass. Francisco Elizalde made three tackles, recovered a fumble and made three special teams tackles.

The Mules have an open date prior to starting district in River Road against the 2-3 Wildcats October 10.   

JV Mules vs. Kermit (9-25-2014)

JV Mules vs. Kermit (9-25-2014)

The JV Mules made the long trip to Kermit to battle the Yellow Jackets Thursday evening. The Mules dominated the contest and rolled up 478 yards of offense with 406 yards coming on the ground and 70 through the air.

The Mules scored 52 points while shutting out the Yellow Jackets.

Jose Angel Mendoza rushed 10 times for 227 yards that include touchdowns from 62 and 36 yards out. Jesse Easiley rushed eight times for 95 yards and a five-yard touchdown. Evan Paez carried six times for 60 yards and 12-yard touchdown.

Aaryn Ross caught six passes for 48 yards, a 14 yard touchdown catch and scored on a 24-yard touchdown run. Mario Flores made three catches for 24 yards and an eight yard touchdown reception. 

Mario Flores made nine tackles with one being for a loss. Donavan Gutierrez made five tackles, Bryce Mauricio made four stops, Jose Angel Mendoza had four tackles with one being for a loss and one sack and Brandon Chavez had four stops.

Tim Perez made a 19 yard fumble return, Aaryn Ross intercepted one pass and Evan Paez returned an interception 33 yards.

The Mules will take a week off before hosting the River Road Wildcats in their district opener.

8th Mules vs. Kermit (9-25-2014)

8th Mules vs. Kermit (9-25-2014)

The eighth grade Mules dominated the Kermit Yellow Jackets in the first half and rolled up 32 points. The Mules then cruised to a 32-0 win over Kermit Thursday evening.

The Mules kicked off to start the game and stopped the Yellow Jackets short of a first down. The Mules took over on downs at the Kermit 31-yard line.

Brenden Mehl scrambled for 10 yards on first down. Jorge Albarran carried up the middle for a 10-yard pickup. Mehl then connected with Yoel Reyes for a 19-yard touchdown. Albarran blasted through the left side of the line for the two-point conversion. The Mules led 8-0 with 5:39 left in the first quarter.

Kermit started their second drive on the Yellow Jacket 31. Matthew Olivas made the tackle at midfield. Rudy Ruiz and Reyes teamed up to stop Kermit for no gain on first down. Jaime Vidana pressured the Kermit quarterback into throwing an incomplete pass.

Kermit had fourth down and 10 yards needed for a first down and chose to pass. Josh Torres tipped the ball away from the intended receiver and Vidana scooped it up before the ball hit the turf and raced 65 yards for a defensive touchdown.

Mehl hit Izaiah Hurtado in the end zone for the two-point conversion and a 16-0 Mule lead with 2:33 remaining in the opening period.

Kermit marched to the Yellow Jacket 46 following the Mule kickoff. Ruiz made the tackle for no gain on first down. Leonel Camarena got off a block and made the tackle for a two-yard loss to end the first quarter.

Olivas pressured the Kermit quarterback for an incomplete pass on third down. Kermit punted and Mehl returned the ball five yards to the Mule 27.

The Mules were backed up to the Mule 20 with a holding penalty. Mehl tossed a screen pass to Albarran and he raced 80 yards around the right end for a touchdown. Mehl and Reyes hooked up for the two-point conversion that extended the Mule lead to 24-0 with seven minutes left in the first period.

Kermit drove to mid field after the ensuing Mule kickoff. The Mules intercepted a Yellow Jacket pass at the Mule 35. A holding penalty backed the Mules up to the 25. A screen pass from Mehl to Albarran gained 21 yards.

Mehl kept up the middle for another 21 yards to the Kermit 34. Rodriguez took a pass from Mehl wide around the left side and skipped his way through tackles for 17 yards.

Mehl found Hurtado open in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown. Rodriguez caught Mehl’s two-point conversion pass for the final points of the game. The Mules led 32-0 with 3:25 remaining in the second quarter.

Neither team could find pay dirt in the second half.

Ryan Rodriguez led the Mule offense in rushing with 75 yards, Brenden Mehl rushed for 36 yards and Izaiah Hurtado carried for 16 yards. Jorge Albarran led the Mules in receiving with 101 yards and a touchdown.

Yoel Reyes had 23 yards receiving and a touchdown. Ryan Rodriguez had receptions for 21 yards. Hurtado had a 16 yard touchdown reception. Brenden Mehl threw for 161 yards and three touchdowns.

Josh Torres led the Mule defense with four tackles, Rudy Ruiz made three stops and Moises Vasquez and Brenden Mehl made two each. Yoel Reyes and Jaime Vidana each made and interception.

The Mules will host the Abernathy Antelopes Thursday in Benny Douglas Stadium at 6:15 PM.   

7th Mules vs. Kermit (9-25-2014)

7th Mules vs. Kermit (9-25-2014)

The seventh grade Mules shutout the Kermit Yellow Jackets 18-0 Thursday afternoon in Benny Douglas Stadium. Kermit kicked off to start the game and Matthew Alarcon returned the ball 17 yards to the Mule 31.

Hector Arras swept wide right for five yards on first down. Damian Juarez tossed to Derek Barron and he rambled for 39 yards to the Kermit 25. Kelan Florez kept up the middle for 11 yards to the Kermit 14.

Arras swept wide left and ran through two tackles for nine-yards. The Mules were facing fourth down and one-yard needed for a first down from the Kermit five-yard line. Juarez kept up the middle and scored from five-yards out with 4:43 left in the first period. The two-point conversion failed and the Mules led 6-0.

Kermit took the ensuing kickoff and drove to the Mule 25 by the start of the second quarter. Nathan Rodriguez got in the backfield and made the tackle for a yard loss on first down. Kermit gained two yards on second down. Dashad Cagle and Rodriguez teamed up in the Yellow Jacket backfield for a five-yard loss.

Juarez stepped in front of a Yellow Jacket pass at the Mule 16 and returned 10 yards to the Mule 26.

The Mules could not move the ball and Rodriguez booted the ball high enough to prevent a run back and the punt netted 34 yards.

Kermit gained one first down but Jimmy Villa picked off a Yellow Jacket pass at the Mule 14. The first half ended with the Mules leading 6-0.

The Mules kicked off to start the second half. Barron cut the legs from under the Yellow Jacket running back for the loss of a yard on first down. Arras and Juarez made the stop before the Yellow Jackets could gain a first down.

Kermit needed a yard for a first down but Rodriguez stripped the ball from the hands of the Yellow Jacket running back and raced 54 yards for a Mule defensive touchdown. The two-point conversion failed and the Mules led 12-0 with 6:35 left in the third period.

The Mules fumbled a Kermit punt but still did not allow the Yellow Jackets to score. The third quarter ended with the Mules leading 12-0.

Juarez scrambled for 23 yards to the Kermit 42 before Arras carried up the middle for five more yards. Juarez connected with Jose Cardenas at the Kermit 22 and he was finally pulled down at he Yellow Jacket six-yard line for a gain of 31 yards.

Juarez scored on a run up the middle with seven minutes remaining in the game. But that was the final points of the game.

Juarez led the Mules in rushing with five carries for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Hector Arras rushed six times for 43 yards, Florez ran twice for 18 yards and Cardenas rushed once for 15 yards.

Juarez connected on two of three passes for 70 yards. Kelan Florez connected on one of two passes for two yards.

Derek Barron was the Mules lead receiver with one catch for 39 yards. Joel Cardenas caught one pass for 30 yards and Cristian Bustillos caught one pass for two yards.

Hector Arras led the Mule defense with seven tackles and Matthew Alarcon made four stops. Nathan Rodriguez had three and half tackles and Elio Sanchez made three stops. Dashad Cagle had a sack. Damian Juarez and Sanchez both made interceptions. Nathan Rodriguez forced a fumble by ripping it out of the Kermit running back’s hands and returning it for a touchdown.   

The Mules will host the Abernathy Antelopes Thursday afternoon at 5:00 PM.  

B-Team Mules vs. Kermit (9-25-2014)

B-Team Mules vs. Kermit (9-25-2014)

The Muleshoe Junior High B-Team Mules set the tone for the game early and defeated the Kermit Yellow Jackets 16-8 in their home opener Thursday afternoon.

The Mules won the toss and chose to kickoff to start the game. Rocky Martinez broke up a Kermit pass on second down. The Yellow Jackets fumbled on the next play and Jason Toscano hopped on the ball at the Kermit 36 for the Mules.

Nick Dominguez went wide right, stutter stepped to freeze the Yellow Jack cornerback and accelerated to the Kermit 13 for a gain of 26 yards. Raul Sierra then kept the ball for two yards up the middle.

Luke Leal tossed a swing pass to Fabian Valdez wide right for four yards. Sierra again kept the ball wide around the right side for six yards to the Yellow Jacket one. Dominguez blasted up the middle on a one-yard touchdown run with 1:41 left in the first quarter.

Sierra tossed to Valdez for the two-point conversion. The Mules had jumped in front 8-0.

The Mules kicked off and Adrian Bustillos stopped the return at the Kermit 24. The Yellow Jackets worked their way down field to the Mule 34. Dominguez plugged the middle for no gain on first down.

An incomplete pass was followed by a bad snap that cost the Yellow Jackets 12 yards to the Mule 46. Dominguez blitzed and dropped the quarterback for a seven-yard loss on fourth down.

The Mules ran a reverse on first down and Rocky Martinez scooted 47 yards for a touchdown with 37 seconds left in the first half. Leal tossed to Martinez for the two-point conversion and the Mules led 16-0 at the half.

Kermit attempted an onside kick to start the second half but Brian Ginez covered the ball for the Mules at midfield.

Keaton Myers went wide left on second down. He broke three tackles and walked a tight rope down the Mule sideline for a 10-yard gain. The Mules worked their way to the Kermit 29 before stalling out and being pushed back to near midfield. The Mules punted to the Kermit 24 and there was no return.

The Yellow Jackets needed only three plays to score from 58 yards out with 12 seconds left in the game. The two-point conversion was good and the Yellow Jackets trailed 16-8.

Rocky Martinez led the Mules in rushing with one carry for 47 yards and a touchdown. Nick Dominguez rushed twice for 27 yards and a score.  Keaton Myers carried three times for 26 yards and Raul Sierra rushed three times for 10 yards. Fabian Valdez caught two passes for seven yards and one two-point conversion. Rocky Martinez had one reception for three yards and a two-point conversion.

Sierra was two-for-two passing for six yards and two two-point conversions. Luke Leal connected on his only passing attempt for four yards.

Nick Dominguez led the Mule defense with six tackles. Rocky Martinez made four and half stops, Adrian Bustillos and Jacob Landeros made two and half tackles each. Irvin Regalado forced a fumble and Jason Toscano recovered the fumble.   

The Mules will host the Abernathy Antelopes Thursday afternoon at 4;00 PM.