9th Mules vs. Idalou (9-11-2014)
The freshmen Mules had to battle back from a 6-0 early deficit after the Idalou Wildcats scored on the opening play of the game. The Mules hung on to defeat the Wildcats 26-20 after leading 26-12 late in the third period.
Arnulfo Hernandez kicked off for the Mules to start the game and Idalou returned the kick to the Wildcat 33. A Wildcat broke loose for a 67-yard touchdown run but the point-after try failed. Idalou led 6-0 with 9:39 left in the first period.
Jeremiah Smith returned the Idalou kickoff 21 yards to the Mule 39. Michael Lozano took the Hammer pitch from Isaac Mendoza 31 yards to the Idalou 30. Hernandez blasted up the middle for seven yards.
Back-to-back penalties slowed down the Mules before Mendoza pitched to Hernandez for a 13-yard touch down run. The Mules tied the game at 6-6 with 7:13 remaining in the opening quarter.
Coleman Preston, Cesar Olvera, and Billy Tosh slowed down the ensuing Idalou drive but the Wildcats scored on a 23-yard pass with 2:30 still on the clock in the first quarter. Michael Lozano held on for reinforcements to stop the two-point conversion. Idalou led 12-6.
Idalou kicked off to the Mule 38 and there was no return. Mendoza kept for five yards on first down. Hernandez took a pitch and ran over one tackler for 16 yards. Mendoza tossed a swing pass to Lozano wide to the left and he raced 29 yards to the Idalou 15 on the final play of the first quarter.
Mendoza managed to snag a high snap and raced wide left 15 yards for a touch down to tie the game at 12-12 with 9:33 left in the first half.
The Wildcats returned the Mule kickoff to the Idalou 36. Joe Waggoner stopped the Wildcats after just three yards on first down. Olvera recovered an Idalou fumble on second down to give the Mules the ball.
The Mules could not cash in on the turn over immediately by did leave Idalou in a hole. Mendoza got in the Idalou backfield on first down for a three-yard loss. Idalou was forced to punt and the Mules returned the ball to the Wildcat 15.
Hernandez made five yards on first down. Mendoza gained four yards on second down and then scored on the next play from six-yards out. The Mules were penalize 10 yards for holding on the two-point conversion. Mendoza tossed to Smith for the conversion and a 20-12 Mule lead at the half.
Neither team could score in the third period.
The Wildcats scored on a three-yard run after a short Mule punt in the fourth period. The two-point conversion was good and cut the Mule lead to 26-20.
Idalou drove to the Mule four-yard line with four seconds left in the game. Lozano broke on the pass and batted the ball down in the end zone as time expired.
The Mules will host the Perryton Rangers Thursday afternoon at 4:00 pm. Please make note of the early start time because of the distance Perryton must travel to return home.