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By Delton Wilhite

Turnovers hurt the JV Mules Thursday evening when the Mules hosted the Friona Chieftains. Both teams turned the ball over several times, but Friona just slipped past the Mules 12-6.

Friona kicked off, and Derek Barron returned the ball to the Mule 30-yard line. Raul Sierra tossed to Barron for 13 yards. Sierra then found Jimmy Villa open for a 22-yard toss. Sierra scrambled for 13 yards for a first down at the Friona 27-yard line.

Nick Dominguez raced wide left for eight yards, and then Sierra kept the ball for five yards to the Chieftain nine-yard line. Sierra spotted Kelan Flores open in the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown pass with 3:56 remaining in the first period. The point-after kick was no good, and the Mules led 6-0.
Following the Mule kickoff, Friona reached midfield. But a high snap was recovered by Villa at the Chiefs’ 34.
The Mules could not move the ball and turned the ball over on downs. The Chiefs marched downfield to the Mule 12-yard line. Adrian Bustillos broke up a fourth-down pass in the end zone to give the Mules the ball.
The Mules moved the ball down the field to the Friona 11. A sack cost the Mules 11 yards, and a motion penalty set the Mules back to the Friona 27. Sierra connected with Flores for a 15-yard gain on third down, but the Mules still needed 10 yards for a first down. An incomplete pass on fourth down gave the ball back to Friona.
The Chiefs scored on a 17-yard pass with 21 seconds left in the first half. The two-point conversion failed, and the game was tied at the intermission.
Adrian Bustillos intercepted a Friona pass in the end zone and returned to the Mule 30 with six and half minutes remaining in the third period. The Mule drive ran out of gas on the Friona 22 and turned the ball over on downs.
Friona scored with just less than four minutes left in the game on a 30-yard pass to end all scoring.
Raul Sierra completed 12 of 24 passes for 147 yards and rushed 12 times for 21 yards. Nick Dominguez rushed nine times for 42 yards and caught one pass for five yards. Jose Cardenas made one catch for 10 yards, and Adrian Bustillos made one reception for nine yards. Derek Barron caught two passes for 23 yards.
Kelan Flores made three catches for 24 yards and scored one touchdown. Jimmy Villa had four receptions for 76 yards.
Kelan Flores and Jose Cardenas led the Mule defense with 10 tackles each. Kynton Haseloff made nine tackles. Ricky Torres

and Rigo Mendoza had five tackles each. Cristian Bustillos made three tackles and intercepted one pass.
The JV Mules will host the Littlefield Wildcats Thursday evening in Benny Douglas Stadium at 6:00 PM. It is the only game scheduled in Muleshoe for that night.

Rhea Gonzales


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