By Delton Wilhite
The eighth-grade Mules put up a battle against the Shallowater Mustangs Thursday evening in Muleshoe’s Benny Douglas Stadium. The Mules could slow down the Mustangs but could not score.
The Mustangs defeated the Mules 30-0.
Shallowater returned the opening kickoff to midfield. The Mules jumped offside twice early in the Mustang drive. Evan Lopez and Jacob Reyes made the stop on first down for a two-yard loss. The Mustangs scored on a 20-yard run for an 8-0 lead with four minutes left in the first period.
Juan Zacarias returned the ensuing kickoff nine yards to the Mule 42. Zacarias ran up the middle for nine yards. Three plays later the Mules fumbled, and Shallowater recovered on the Mustang 14.
It took the Mustangs 10-plays to drive the length of the field and score with four minutes left in the first half. The Mustangs led the Mules 16-0.
Jeremiah Barron returned the Shallowater kickoff 12 yards to the Mule 40-yard line. Shallowater intercepted a Mule pass, and a block in the back penalty set the Mustangs back to the Mustang 38.
Lopez and Alexis Alvidrez sacked the Mustang quarterback on first down. Shallowater reached the Mule 48 before Jacob Reyes blasted into the Mustang backfield for a two-yard loss.
A personal foul penalty backed the Mustangs up 15 yards, and a holding call cost Shallowater 10-more yards to the Shallowater 25. Time expired in the half with Shallowater leading the Mules 16-0.
Neither team could mount a scoring drive in the third period.
Shallowater recovered a Mule fumble as the third period drew to a close at the Shallowater 37.
The Mustangs drove down the field and scored on a one-yard dive with 5:28 left in the game. Shallowater led the Mules 24-0.
The Mules fumbled the Shallowater kickoff at the Mule 45. It to the Mustangs six plays to score the final points of the game.
The Mules will hit the hardwoods Monday to prepare for their basketball season.