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By Jimmy Villa

The Muleshoe High School Varsity Football team loses their first district game of the season. The Mules faced the Littlefield Wildcats here at Benny Douglas Stadium this past Friday night. The Mules offense was able to score for the first time in three weeks. Senior quarterback #7 Luke Del Toro threw a perfect pass to senior wide receiver #1 Brady Martinez for a 25 yard touchdown play. Martinez adds in the extra point as he boots the ball through the uprights. Martinez went 4/40 with one touchdown on the night and averages ten yards per reception, with his longest being a 25 yard play. Luke Del Toro threw 8/13 for 73 yards averaging 9.1 yards per play, Del Toro ended the game night with one touchdown throw, two interceptions. Del Toro’s longest throw for the night was 25 yards, he also came out the of the game with three rushes for nine yards, averaging three yards per run with his longest for 15 yards.
Del Toro’s number one target through the air would be Senior wide receiver #11 Yoel Reyes. Reyes received 6/70 over the night averaging 11.7 yards per reception, his longest being a 30 yard catch. Three other receivers were also targeted; Junior running back #10 Jimmy Villa with three receptions for 52 yards, Junior wide receiver #21 Kelan Flores with a reception for 21 yards, and Senior wide receiver #12 Matthew De Leon with a catch for a loss of three yards. Villa leads the rush game for the Mules with six rushes for 52 yards averaging 8.7 yards per rush, his longest gain for 29 yards.
The Mules would allow back up Junior quarterback #8 Riley Kettner to orchestrate two drives. Riley threw 5/9 for 58 yards and one interception. Kettner also rushes twice for minus ten yard yards. The Mules defense records 16 players to have at least one tackle. Defensive leaders for the night were Senior linebacker #33 Ean Hasley with 14 solo tackles and three assists, Senior cornerback #1 Brady Martinez having seven solo tackles and one assist, Junior strong safety #10 Jimmy Villa had 6 solo tackles and one assist, Junior defensive tackle #76 Fernando Rivas had four solo tackles and one assist, Junior free safety #21 Kelan Florez had three solo tackles and three assists. Senior free safety#11 Yoel Reyes had an interception for the Mules defense.
The final score of the game was Mules 7, Wildcats 42. The Mules will travel to Shallowater, Texas to Todd Field to face the Mustangs on October 19, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. making this their second district contest.

Rhea Gonzales

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