JV Mules vs. Levelland (8-27-2015)
The junior varsity Mules scored the first 20 points of the game against the Levelland Lobos. The two failed two-point conversions cost the Mules at least a tie with the class 4A Lobos. The Lobos scored the final 24 points to defeat the Mules 24-20.
The two teams battled through the first period with neither team scoring. The Mule defense forced the Lobos to punt two plays into the second quarter. The punt rolled out of bounds at the Lobo 45.
Brenden Mehl rolled right looking for a receiver and scrambled for nine yards. A facemask penalty cost the Lobos 15 yards and advanced the Mules to the Lobo 14. Mehl scrambled for two yards on first down.
Sergio Solana gave a head fake to the inside and broke hard to the front corner of the end zone. Mehl delivered a strike to Solano for a touchdown with 8:44 remaining in the first half. The two-point conversion failed and the Mules led 6-0.
The Mules kicked off and the Lobos started a drive on the Levelland 32. After six plays the Lobos were on the Mule 35. Tim Perez blasted the Lobo receiver two-yards behind the line of scrimmage.
Mehl intercepted a Lobo pass on the Mule 15. Joe Waggoner went up the middle for six yards. Israel Vasquez went wide around the right side. He triggered the afterburner as he cut up the field. Vasquez out raced the Lobos 79 yards for a touchdown with 4:44 remaining in the first half.
The Mules two-point conversion attempt failed and the Mules led 12-0.
Levelland could not move the ball after the Mule kickoff and punted to the Mule end zone.
Mehl connected with Vasquez for five yards. Mehl then scrambled up the middle for five yards and a first down. Vasquez was brought down by his facemask on his next run and the penalty advanced the Mules to near midfield.
Mehl, Vasquez and Waggoner continued to chip away at the yardage until the Mules had reached the Lobo 25. Solano ran a slant over the middle and Mehl shot him the ball for a 25-yard Mule TD. Mehl scrambled wide right for the two-point conversion. The Mules had increased their advantage to 20-0.
The Mule defense seemed to take a break after the Mule kicked off. The Lobo quarterback was quick as well as fast. He scrambled for 31 yards on first down. The Mules held for three downs with Jeremiah Smith breaking up a pass and Waggoner and Zack Atwood both made stops for no gain.
The Lobo quarterback scrambled to the Mule end zone with no time remaining in the first half. The two-point conversion was good and the Mules led 20-8 at the intermission.
The Mule offense could not get untracked in the second half while the Lobos scored twice and added both two-point conversions to defeat the Mules.
The Mules will host a second class 4A school Thursday when the Sweetwater Mustangs visit Benny Douglas Stadium.