Mules vs. Dimmitt (10-30-2015)
The Mules used a big first half to defeat the Dimmitt Bobcats 47-6. An agreed on running clock in the second half ended the game early. The Mules out scored the Bobcats 41-6 in the first half and added the final touchdown in the third period for the win.
The Mules fumbled at the Dimmitt four-yard line early in the first period. Dimmitt drove to near midfield before running out of gas. A short punt into the visitors’ stands gave the Mules the ball on the Mule 37.
An inside screen to Jason Florez was good for 12 yards. Evan Paez found a crease and raced 20 yards up the middle to the Dimmitt 33. Paez scooted through the middle of the defense for 16 yards to the Dimmitt 17.
Danny Campos keeps on the option and dances up the middle for 13 yards to the Bobcat four. Paez burrowed in from four-yards out for the Mules first touchdown. Bryce Mauricio booted the extra point for a 7-0 Mule lead with 7:19 left in the first period.
The Mule defense held on fourth down and three yards needed by the Bobcats to take over on downs at the Mule 30.
Campos connected with Florez for 12 yards before Lopez carried up the middle for nine yards. Campos raced up the middle for six yards and then was followed by a 10 jaunt up the middle by Lopez to the Dimmitt 35.
Campos tossed to Tony Vasquez running a deep slant over the middle for 18 yards. Florez raced across the Mule backfield. Campos then took the snap and tossed to Florez running a down and out pattern for 14 yards.
Lopez pounded the ball in the end zone from three yards out for the Mules second TD. Campos tossed to Tony Castillo in the end zone for the two-point conversion and a 15-0 Mule lead with 2:29 left in the first period.
The Mules scored four TDs in the second period. Campos tossed a one-yard scoring strike to Tre Villa and Mauricio added the point after for a 22-0 Mule lead with 10:26 showing on the clock in the second period.
Campos found Dagen Dunham in the end zone for a nine-yard scoring pass. Mauricio tacked on the point for a 29-0 Mule lead with 5:51 left in the half.
Dimmitt scored with 2:40 remaining in the half when Jesus Aguero passed to Juan Castillo for a 15-yard touchdown. Kevin Mendoza blocked the extra-point kick to limit the Bobcats to six points.
Lopez raced in from nine-yards out with 1:33 still in the half to extend the Mule lead to 35-6. It only took the Mules 27 seconds to return to the end zone when Campos fired a strike to Florez from six-yards out to end the first half with the Mules leading 41-6.
Campos added the Mules final TD with a three-yard run with 5:50 remaining in the third quarter.
Both teams kept the ball on the ground most of the second half and drained most of the 40 seconds from the play clock to shorten the second half.
The Mules rolled up 400 yards of offense on 54 plays with 241 yards coming on the ground and 159 passing. Campos completed 15 of 24 passes for 147 yards and four touchdowns.
Lopez rushed 11 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Paez carries six times for 63 yards and one TD. Florez made six receptions for 61 yards and one touchdown. Vasquez had three catches for 45 yards and Villa made three receptions for 18 yards and one TD.
Dunham snagged two passes for 22 yards and one touchdown and Castillo made one reception for 14 yards and caught one pass for a two-point conversion.
Castillo led the Mule defense with 10 tackles. Donavan Gutierrez had nine tackles with one being for a loss. Mario Flores made eight tackles with one being on special teams and one for a loss. Paez had seven tackles with one being on special teams and had two quarterback hurries.
Jesse Easiley had seven tackles with one on special teams. Dominik Hasley made six tackles, two for losses and hurried the quarterback three times. Javy Perez had six tackles with one on special teams.
K. Mendoza made three tackles and blocked an extra-point kick. Vasquez intercepted a pass, Cameron Hardwick and Conner Harrison each recovered a fumble.
The Mules will host the War on 84 Friday night when the Littlefield Wildcats visit Benny Douglas Stadium. All records and stats are out the window when the Mules and Wildcats match up.
A win would give the Mules the District 1-3A Division I Championship out right. A Littlefield victory would throw the district into a three-way tie with Childress, Littlefield and Muleshoe sharing the title.