Mules vs. Childress (10-23-2015)
The Childress Bobcats are an up and coming team in 2015 and were flying high after defeating the Littlefield Wildcats in the two teams first district game. Childress downed Littlefield 42-28 and were the co-leaders with the Mules in the District 1-3A Division I race.
The Mules continue to find new ways of scoring each week and Friday was no different. Cameron Hardwick was credited with forcing a Childress Bobcat out of the back of the end zone for the Mules’ first safety of the year.
Jason Florez ran back a Childress punt 55 yards for a touchdown in the second period to give the Mules a 28-8 lead with 4:11 remaining in the first half. The Mules scored six standard style of TDs to defeat the Bobcats 47-15.
A quick kick by Danny Campos rolled out of bounds to pin the Bobcats at the Childress nine-yard line. A motion penalty backed the Bobcats up to the Childress five.
The center snapped the ball over the Bobcat quarterback’s head and the running back gave chase in the Childress end zone. Hardwick forced the running back to step out of the back of the end zone. The safety put the Mules ahead to stay with nine minutes left in the first quarter.
Childress kicked off after the safety from the Bobcat 20. Florez returned the kick 18 yards to the Childress 49. Campos rolled left and tossed to Tre Villa for a 14-yard gain. Campos then faked handoff to Evan Paez to hold the linebackers. Campos pulled the ball back and fired a strike to Florez over the middle.
The pass traveled 13 yards to Florez. He made two defenders miss and raced to the Bobcat two before he was pulled down. Jaxon Lee blocked out and Kevin Mendoza blocked down to open a hole in the Childress defense. Dominik Hasley pulled and led Paez through the hole to pay dirt.
Bryce Mauricio tacked on the point after to extend the Mule lead to 9-0 with 7:25 on the clock in the first period.
Childress ensuing drive started on the Bobcat 25 after Tony Vasquez boomed the ball through the Childress end zone. The Bobcats marched down the field but ran out of gas on the Mule 23. Aaryn Ross made a crushing tackle on fourth down to prevent a Bobcat first down.
The Mules marched back downfield on a 13-play drive to score on a 10-yard Campos pass to Ross in the back corner of the end zone with 1:39 left in the first quarter. Mauricio’s PAT kick was good and the Mules led 16-0.
The Bobcats had a flicker of hope when Bryce Bowman tossed a 54-yard TD pass to Austin Gonzales and then added the two-point conversion to cut the Mule lead in half at 16-8 with one minute still left in the opening quarter.
The Mule defense shut down a second period Bobcat drive at the Mule 21 when Dagen Dunham hurried the Childress quarterback. He was forced to throw the ball away.
Josh Lopez gained six yards on first down. Campos put the ball in Lopez grasp to hold the linebackers and then pulled the ball out to toss to Villa. Villa was pulled down from behind at the Bobcat 34.
A horse collar penalty was called as Villa was jerked backwards by his shoulder pads. The penalty advanced the Mules to the Bobcat 17. Campos scrambled for two yards on first down and then tossed to Mauricio over the middle for a 15-yard TD. The Mules led 22-8 with six minutes left in the first half.
J. Mendoza blew up a Childress screen pass to force the Bobcats to punt. Florez fielded the ball on the Mule 45 and returned 55 yards for the final touchdown of the half. K. Mendoza made the final block to send Florez in for the score. The Mules led 28-8 at the intermission.
Villa caught two TD passes in the third period to provide the Mules with separation from the Bobcats. Villa scored from 71 yards out with 10:43 left in the third period. Campos then tossed a 54-yard scoring toss to Villa with 7:21 still on the clock in the third quarter for a 41-8 Mule lead.
Bowman capped a 76-yard drive with a 13-yard toss to Jansen Martinez for the Bobcats final score at the 4:27 mark of the third frame.
Campos and the Mules were not finished and added one more TD in the final period. The Mules scooted 79 yards down the field on just three plays. Campos made a wide-receiver screen pass to Ross behind a block by Dunham.
Ross split a pair of defenders and made another miss at the Bobcat 25 before completing the 62-yard play that ended all scoring.
The Mules rolled up a total of 592 yards of offense with 439 being through the air and 153 on the ground.
Campos finished the night by completing 28 of 35 passes for 429 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. Villa led all receivers with eight catches for 229 yards and two TDs. Ross made three receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
Mauricio had three catches for 15 yards and one TD. Florez made seven receptions for 63 yards and returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown. Tony Castillo had two catches for 25 yards.
Lopez led all rushers with 11 carries for 90 yards and caught three passes for 13 yards. Paez carried nine times for 55 yards, scored one TD and made two receptions for 14 yards.
Hardwick led the Mules with five tackles, one being for a loss, made one sack, hurried the quarterback six times, blocked a pass, broke up a pass and was credited with a safety. J. Mendoza made 13 tackles and had one interception.
Donovan Gutierrez made 11 tackles, Castillo had eight stops and Ross made eight tackles. Dunham had six tackles, one being for a loss, one sack and four quarterback hurries. Mario Flores made six tackles.
The Mules limited Childress to 72 yards rushing and 389 yards passing for a total of 461 yards and two touchdowns.