By Jimmy Villa
The Muleshoe High School Varsity football team traveled to Shallowater, Texas to face the Mustangs at Todd Field this past Friday night. The Mules were unable to come out with a win. The Mules receive the opening kick-off to start the game; with the ball in their possession they were able to put together a short drive and had to punt it away. The Mustangs striking first, found themselves in the end zone four times in the first quarter and twice in the second. The Mules offense remained scoreless in both the first and second quarter, but the defense came through adding two points to the score board with a safety. The safety being made by a sack from Junior linebacker Cristian Bustillos, whose points brought the Mules two, Mustangs 42 as both teams head into the locker room at halftime.
The second half would be better for the Mules as the offense were successfully able to get some points in with a rushing touchdown on a two-yard carry, from Senior quarterback Luke Del Toro. Extra point was added on by Senior wide receiver Brady Martinez. Del Toro finished the game going 13/30 for 129 yards with four interceptions and leading the team in rushing yards. Del Toro rushed 11 times for 37 yards and one touchdown. Leading the team in receiving yards was wide receiver Yoel Reyes with five catches for 88 yards on the night. The final score Shallowater 59, Muleshoe Mules 9
Defensive leader for the Mules were Cristian Bustillos with six solo tackles, two tackles for a loss and a safety, Junior safety Ozzy Nunez had six solo tackles, and two assists, Junior safety Jimmy Villa had four solo tackles and one assist.
“The kids gave an outstanding effort, there’s no doubt about that.” states Head Coach Lee Walker. “We are battling through some injuries, including this game that definitely hurt, but that’s something you got to continue to work through and overcome those injuries. The next person up has got to be ready to make some plays and avoid mistakes.” Coach Walker would go on to say “I’m not going to take anything away from Shallowater, they are a very talented team and very well coached and they got the best of us tonight, but certainly not because our kids didn’t give great effort. I’m proud of that, we can grow from that and we can get better from that. That’s what I talked to them about after the game.
“We are going to watch film and correct the mistakes we made that are correctable and as long as efforts good we are going to get better”
The Mules will host the River Road Wildcats next Friday October 26, 2018, kick off is set for 7:00 p.m.