Mules vs. Snyder (9-3-2016)
Both the Muleshoe Mules and Snyder Tigers were looking for redemption Friday night. Snyder had lost a come-from-behind game, 34-20, to the Midland Greenwood Rangers. While the Mules lost their season opener on the road in Levelland 56-31.
The Mules took the task serious and jumped on the Tigers early and often. The Mules led 13-0 after one quarter, 33-0 at the half and picked up where they left off in the second half to a take a 47-0 lead with one quarter left to play.
The Tigers finally broke the scoring ice early in the final quarter and reeled off three touchdowns before Mickey Lozano ended all scoring with a 51-yard run to give the Mules a 54-21 win.
The win evened the Mules season record at 1-1.
The Mules kicked off and the Mule defense held the Tigers to three-and-out. The Snyder punt rolled dead at midfield.
A shovel pass from Beto Diaz to Lozano running out of the backfield behind three wide receivers resulted in a 16-yard gain. Diaz pump faked to Javy Perez to set up a double move. Perez then broke down field five-yards behind the defense and Diaz hung the ball up for him to run under for a 34-yard touchdown.
The Mules led 6-0 with 8:24 left in the opening period.
Lozano kicked off to the Snyder 30 and the Tigers covered the ball for no return. A holding penalty on the Tigers set up a first down and 18 yards needed for a first down. Donavan Gutierrez and Yoel Reyes sniffed out a draw play that cost the Tigers six yards.
The Tiger punter received the ball in his end zone and the ensuing punt rolled dead on the Mule 37.
Jason Florez ran a fly pattern down the sideline and was held as the pass was thrown. The penalty gave the Mules a first down at the Mule 47. Diaz rolled right out of the backfield and threw the ball just prior to reaching the line of scrimmage.
Isaac Mendoza made the catch at the Snyder 49, avoided a tackle for a 16-yard gain and a first down on the Tiger 42. Diaz carried up the middle for three yards and an off sides penalty left the Mules needing two yards. Diaz kept the ball for a 22 yard gain to the Tiger 12.
Diaz pass was thrown just out of the reach of Romeo Reyes and the Tigers intercepted and returned the ball to the Mule 28. Diaz made the touchdown saving tackle.
Moises sacked the Tiger quarterback for six-yard loss on first down. The Tigers could not recover and turned the ball back over to the Mules on downs at the Muleshoe 31.
The Mules were quickly on the march with Mario “Boo” Flores breaking two tackles on a wide receiver screen and gaining nine yards. Diaz rolled wide left for eight yards and a first down. Florez snagged a screen pass that went 12 yards with Flores blocking.
The Mules ran the same screen pass to Florez but this time he broke it for a 36-yard touchdown. Flores and Reyes provided blocks along the way. Arturo Contreras booted the ball through the uprights for a 13-0 Mule lead with 1:10 remaining in the first period.
The Tigers finally picked up a first down late in the first period with a pass over the middle. But Perez and Cesar Olvera teamed up on fourth down to stuff the quarterback on a one yard try.
Diaz rolled left on first down and tossed to Florez and he ran by two tacklers for 23 yards. A reverse pitch to Yoel Reyes went for 28 yards. Reyes waited for his blockers to clear a path. Diaz kept up the middle for five yards. Diaz then rolled wide left, pump faked to freeze the linebackers and rambled for eight yards to the Tiger seven-yard line.
From a double tight end set, Florez ran two-yards deep in the end zone, turned and came back to catch Diaz’s pass in the end zone. The Mules led 19-0 with 9:58 remaining in the second half.
Dagan Dunham leaped high to tip the Tiger pass and Perez made the interception at the Mule 32. The Mules could not convert and punted the ball away.
The running back fumbled on the Tigers’ second down and R. Reyes was there to recover for the Mules at the Tiger 12. Diaz scored on an 11-yard run on a roll out to the right side. Contreras kick was good to give the Mules a 26-0 lead with 4:37 remaining before the intermission.
Snyder’s second first down of the first half came on a 20-yard pass play. But a sack by Dunham stalled the Tigers and forced a punt from the Snyder 31.
The Mules marched 55 yards in six plays and scored on a four-yard pass from Diaz to I. Mendoza with 15 seconds left in the half. Contreras kick was good to give the Mules a 33-0 lead at the half.
The Mules added two more touchdowns in the third period with Diaz connecting with Florez for the tandems’ third score of the night at the 9:44 mark of the third period.
Diaz ran for his second touchdown of the game with a 26-yard jaunt with 1:12 left in the third period. Contreras booted the point after for a 47-0 Mule lead at the end of the third quarter.
The first two fourth period Tiger touchdowns came on runs of 17 and 32 yards by Snyder quarterback, Jarrett Renaue. He booted both extra points to cut the Mule lead to 47-14. Jeramiah Maldenado broke loose for a 67-yard scamper and Renaue added the point after to trim the Mule advantage to 47-21.
Beto Diaz led the Mule offense by completing 17 of 28 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns. He ran for 140 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. The Mules rolled up a total of 601 yards of offense with 321 coming on the ground and 280 through the air.
Jason Florez led all receivers with eight receptions for 138 yards and three touchdowns. Javy Perez made two catches for 60 yards and one score. Isaac Mendoza made three receptions for 37 yards and Yoel Reyes caught three passes for 32 yards.
Mickey Lozano rushed seven times for 87 yards and one touchdown.
The Mule defense held the Tigers to a total of 62 yards through the first three periods and held Snyder to a total of 262 yards for the game.
Yoel Reyes led the Mule defense with 12 tackles and Isaac Mendoza made 11 stops with one being for a loss. Donovan Gutierrez had nine tackles with one for a loss and Dagen Dunham made seven tackles, one for a loss and had three quarterback hurries. Moises Vasquez finished with five tackles, two for losses and four quarterback hurries.
Boo Flores and Javy Perez made an interception each. Romeo Reyes recovered a fumble and broke up a pass. Jamie Ceja led the Mules with five special team tackles.
The Mules will traveled to Brownfield to play the Cubs Friday night at 7:30 PM.