B-Team Mules vs. Abernathy (10-2-2014)
Nick Dominguez got the B-Team Mules off to a fast start against the Abernathy Antelopes with a 10-yard kickoff return to the Mule 30. Dominguez took the handoff on the first play and raced 70 yards for a touchdown.
The Mules led 6-0 just 25 seconds into the game. The two teams battled for the next 23 minutes and 35 seconds with the eking out a 12-10 win.
Abernathy recovered a Mule fumble late in the opening period. Nine plays later the Antelopes scored on a 38-yard run with 1:41 left in the first half. The two-point conversion was good and Abernathy led the Mules 8-6.
Fabian Valdez returned the ensuing kickoff 14 yards to the Mule 36. Dominguez swept around the left end, broke two tackles for a six-yard gain. Valdez kept up the middle for an additional six yards.
A block in the back on a reverse called back a touchdown run by the Mules. Valdez made the option pitch to Rocky Martinez just prior to getting tackled. Martinez raced 56 yards with just 37 seconds remaining in the first half. The Mules led 12-8 at the intermission.
The Mules kicked off to start the second half and Abernathy returned the ball to the Antelope 45. Abernathy quickly marched down the field but fumbled on the Mule 16.
Back-to-back high snaps from center cost the Mules a safety with 1:25 left in the third quarter. The Mules were left clinging to a 12-10 lead.
Neither team could score in the final frame. The Mules had to kickoff from their 20 following the safety. Martinez booted the ball to the Mule 44 and Abernathy fell on the ball.
Martinez sniffed out the Abernathy reverse and made the stop for a two-yard loss. Jason Toscano and a herd of Mules threw the Antelopes back three yards. Abernathy connected on a 21-yard pass to the Mule 28.
Martinez saved a touchdown by making the tackle at the Mule five. Valdez and Corbin Hardwick sacked the quarterback for a three-yard loss. Luke Leal broke up a pass in the end zone.
The center of the Mule defense made the stop after an Abernathy two-yard gain to the Mule six. An incomplete pass on fourth down gave the Mules the ball on the Mule six-yard line 1:36 remaining in the game.
Dominguez ran through a series of tackles for 11-yards and a first down to seal the win for the Mules.
The Mules will travel Amarillo River Road Thursday to play the Wildcats at 4:00 PM.