9th Mules vs. Lubbock Roosevelt (10-29-2015)
The freshmen Mules biggest problem this season has been in scheduling opponents. The Dimmitt Bobcats, like most of District 1-3A Division I teams, do not field a freshmen squad. The Mules played host to the Lubbock Roosevelt freshmen Eagles Thursday evening.
The Mules were not kind to their guest and rolled over the Eagles 48-0.
The Mule defense held Roosevelt to just 16 yards of offense in the first half. While the Mules only ran seven offensive plays in the first half for 269 yards, five touchdowns and 36 points. The Mules led the Eagles 36-0 at the intermission.
A running clock in the second half shortened the game.
The Mules kicked off to start the game. Rocky Martinez set the Mule defensive tone for the evening by pushing the Eagles back six yards on first down. Roosevelt was forced to punt on fourth down and it was allowed to roll dead on the Mule 32.
A blocking in the back penalty was called on the Mules and backed them up 10 yards to wipe out the play. Ryan Rodriguez took a pitch wide right, turned the corner and hit the jets for a 74-yard touchdown with just over seven minutes left in the opening quarter. Izaiah Hurtado took the snap and scooted wide right for the two-point conversion that put the Mules up 8-0.
Jamie Vidana booted the ball down field to the Eagle 18 on the kickoff. Adrian Bustillos and Brady Martinez raced down field to make the tackle at the Roosevelt 34.
Yoel Reyes shot into the Eagle backfield to make the tackle for a six-yard loss on first down. Jose Quintana chased down the Eagle quarterback for no gain to force another Eagle punt that rolled dead on the Mule 49.
It was one-play-all-the-way for the Mules with Luke Del Toro tossing to R. Martinez at the Roosevelt 36 running a slant over the middle. Martinez raced to the end zone for a 51-yard TD.
Del Toro tossed to Reyes in the end zone but he could not haul the ball in but all was not lost. The tipped ball fell into the hands of R. Martinez for the two-point conversion and a 16-0 Mule lead.
The Eagles drove 20 yards before running out of gas at the Roosevelt 46. Roosevelt faked a punt and threw an incomplete pass on fourth down and the Mules took over on downs.
A screen pass from Hurtado to Reyes went 46 yards for a touchdown with just over one minute remaining in the first period. Rodriguez blasted up the middle for the two-point conversion and a 24-0 Mule lead.
R. Martinez and Quintana made tackles and Reyes broke up a pass to halt the first Roosevelt drive of the second period. The Eagle punt rolled out of bounds at the Mule 46.
Rodriguez gained five yards on a draw up the middle for the Mule’s fourth offensive play of the game. He then took a pitch around the right side for a 41-yard TD to put the Mules up 30-0 with eight minutes left in the second period.
R. Martinez and Nathan Wilton made tackles on the first three plays of the ensuing Eagle drive. The Eagles punt on fourth down rolled out of bounds on the Mule 48.
Hurtado hung onto the ball for a 16-yard gain. He rolled left on the next play, reversed his field and raced 36 yards for a touchdown to increase the Mule lead to 36-0 with 2:33 remaining in the first half.
R. Martinez returned the third period Eagle kickoff 27 yards to the Mule 48. Del Toro made a screen pass to B. Martinez and he scooted 52-yards for a touchdown that ended all scoring with 8:37 left in the third period.
The clock was allowed to run almost continuously for the final 20 minutes of the game.
Ryan Rodriguez lead all rushers with 114 yards and Izaiah Hurtado ran for 65 yards. Brady Martinez was the Mules leading receiver with 62 yards. Brady Martinez caught passes for 51 yards and Yoel Reyes had receptions for a total of 46 yards.
Rigo Mendoza, Yoel Reyes and Jose Quintana led the Mule defense in tackles.
Thursday’s opponent for the Mules was still questionable at press time.