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.