JV Mules vs. Seagraves (9-11-14)
The JV Mules had to make adjustments to stop the double wing offensive set of the Seagraves Eagles on Thursday night. Once that was done the Mules took over and defeated the Eagles 27-18.
The Eagles all but ran free in the opening quarter and scored first on a 12-play 65-yard drive that only left three minutes in the opening period. The kick failed but the Eagles led 6-0.
Jesse Easiley returned the ensuing kickoff from the Mule 25 to the Mule 40. Tre Villa kept the ball, broke a tackle to gain nine yards. Jose Angel Mendoza carried for seven yards, nine yards and 11 yards to reach the Seagraves 23.
Villa illustrated his ability to go, stop on a dime and then accelerate through an opening for 17 yards. Villa tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to Mendoza with a tick under a minute remaining in the opening period. Villa booted the point after to give the Mules a 7-6 lead.
Dominik Hasley put pressure on the Eagle quarterback that forced an incompletion. The Eagles scored on a three-yard run with seven and half minutes left in the first half. The two-point conversion failed and the Eagles led 12-7.
Easiley returned the kickoff to the Mule 44. Evan Paez blasted up the middle on runs of 16 and eight yards to the Seagraves 32. Villa raced wide left for the final 32 yards and a touchdown. Villa again added the point-after kick for a 14-12 Mule lead at the half.
Seagraves kickoff to start the second half to the Mule 39. A high snap cost the Mules nine yards on first down. The Mules did not pick up the necessary yardage and were forced to punt. Tim Perez blasted the return man and jarred the ball loose and the Mules recovered.
Neither team could score in the third period.
The Mules ran into the Eagle punter on the first play of the fourth period and gave Seagraves a first down on the Mule 49. Villa picked off an Eagle pass at the Mule 20. Matt Flores made a block that turned Villa loose for an 80-yard touchdown run. Villa kicked the point after for a 21-12 Mule lead with 9:27 left in the game.
The Eagles did not go away and scored on a 42-yard pass and run. Easiley and Hasley stopped the two-point conversion. The Mules clung to a 21-18 lead.
Eric Herrera returned the short kickoff to the Mule 47. Back-to-back holding penalties set the Mules back before Villa scrambled for eight yards on back-to-back plays. Villa rolled wide left for a 49-yard touchdown and then booted the point after to extend the Mule lead to 27-18.
Tim Perez and Dylan Miller made stops to keep the Eagles from gaining a first down. The Mules took over on downs and drained the time off the clock.
The Mules will host the Perryton Rangers Thursday night.