8th Mules vs. Littlefield (11-5-15)
The eighth grade Mules scrambled and found ways to win the first eight games of the season. Thursday evening was different. The Mules rolled over the Littlefield Wildcats 34-6. The victory put the cherry on top of the Mules perfect 9-0 season.
The eighth graders final win also secured an unprecedented season for the Junior High Mules. All three Mule teams were undefeated during the 2015 football season.
The Cats kicked off to the Mule 11-yard line and Matthew Alarcon returned the ball 18 yards to the Mule 29. Hector Arras scooted wide left for three yards. Damian Juarez kept the ball and rolled wide left for 14 yards.
Juarez passed to Alarcon at the Cat 20 and he raced to the end zone for a 54-yard touchdown with 6:44 remaining in the first period. Juarez added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Mule lead.
A motion penalty on fourth down and needing one yard backed the Cats up to the Littlefield 29. Alarcon broke on the fourth down pass attempt and knocked the ball to the turf. The Mules took over on downs at the Cat 29.
Juarez made three runs for a total of 17 yards to the Cat 12-yard line. Arras hit the left side of the line for a 10-yard gain. Juarez scored on a two-yard plunge up the middle with 2:41 left in the first period for a 14-0 Mule lead.
Jesus Montiel made the tackle on the ensuing Littlefield kickoff return at the Cat 25. Jose Cardenas fought off his blocker to make the tackle on first down. A quarterback sneak gave the Cats the first of two first downs to end the first period.
A motion penalty slowed the Littlefield drive at the Mule 38. Juarez made the hit on fourth down that jarred the ball loose. ????covered the ball for the Mules at the Mule 41.
The Mules over came a pair of penalties to advance to midfield. Alarcon kept the ball through the left side for 29 yards. He carried again through the right side for eight yards to the Littlefield 21.
Alarcon bounced off a tackler for a first down at the Cat seven-yard line and then he pounded into the end zone with 52 seconds left in the first half for a 20-0 Mule lead.
The Cats scored on their first drive of the second half with a one-yard run to trail the Mules 20-6 with 4:20 remaining in the third period.
Arras returned the ensuing Cat kickoff 32 yards to the Mule 48.
Alarcon kept up the middle and then cut right for an eight-yard gain. Alarcon continued to pound the ball up the field before the Cats intercepted a Mule pass. Arras made a jolting tackle on the Cat defensive back and the ball popped out and the Mules recovered at the Littlefield 21.
Alarcon cut up field for seven yards on the final play of the third period. An offside penalty gave the Mules a first down at the Cat nine-yard line. Montiel ran a delayed draw up the middle for eight yards. Alarcon scored on a one-yard plunge up the middle for a 26-6 Mule lead with 6:50 left in the game.
The Cats ensuing drive was short lived. Nathan Rodriguez slammed into the running back and the ball fell to the ground and Alarcon recovered for the Mules at the Littlefield 33.
Alarcon and Arras combined to move the Mules to the Cat five-yard line. Arras blasted up the middle for the final five yards for a Mule TD. Alarcon tacked on the two-point conversion to end all scoring with 4:28 still in the game.
The Mules hope to carry the momentum they gained in football over to the hardwoods as they start basketball.