By Derek Lopez
The Muleshoe Mules’ varsity football team dropped their district-opener to the Littlefield Wildcats on Friday, 54-0.
With the loss, the Mules fall to 0-6 overall, 0-1 in district play.
Littlefield won the toss and elected to receive to begin the contest. They wasted no time finding the endzone in just three plays, as Daniel Stinson scored on an 18-yard touchdown run. The PAT by Chris Brown was good, putting the Wildcats up, 7-0, with 10:56 to play in the opening quarter.
The Mules took over at their own 30, after the return by Irvin Torres. Quarterback, Zach Hasley, completed a pass to Derek Barron for 15 yards and a Muleshoe first down at their own 45-yard line. Joey Martinez took the carry on first down and picked up five yards, before being tackle by Littlefield linebacker, Davin Saldana.
Martinez got the carry again on second down, but was stopped for a four-yard loss, by defensive end, Bradlinn Asberry, making it third and nine. Hasley, on third down, was able to connected with Barron, who took the ball across midfield to the Wildcats’ 44-yard line for a Mules’ first down.
Martinez carried the ball on first down and picked up four yards before being brought down by Littlefield’s Marcus Hinojos. Hasley’s pass on second down fell incomplete, as he was pressured by Asberry, but he found Barron on third down for 22-yards and another Muleshoe first down, moving the ball into the red zone.
Hasley slung the ball out to Jimmy Villa for five yards, before he was brought down by safety, Jordan Trevino, but on second down, Hasley’s pass fell incomplete intended for Torres. On third and five, Hasley hit Villa with a quick pass, but he was tackled short of the sticks by Adam Armstrong, bringing up fourth and one from the nine-yard line.
The Mules decided to go for it, as Hasley carried it himself and picked up the first down. Jesse Montiel carried the ball on first down, but only picked up a yard and Villa picked up three more yards on second down, before being brought down at the three-yard line by Joseph Salinas. Montiel was stopped for just a yard on third down by Asberry, setting up fourth and goal from the two-yard line.
The Mules elected to go for it again on fourth down and Hasley kept it himself looking to go up the middle, but he was stopped short of the goal line by Sonny Soto for a turnover on downs with 5:39 to play in the first quarter.
Littlefield took over at their own two-yard line, as Stinson broke through the right side of the line for a big run, taking the ball up to the Mules 45-yard line. After an incomplete pass from quarterback, Blake Green, Green kept it himself on second down, picking up 25 yards and a Littlefield first down. With a fresh set of downs, Tajae Chambers got the carry breaking an arm tackle and slipping another on his way to a 20-yard touchdown run.
Brown’s PAT was good making the score, 14-0, with 4:49 to play in the quarter.
The Mules were unable to get anything going on their next drive, as they were forced to punt with 1:35 remaining in the quarter. The score would stand heading into quarter number two with the Wildcats in front, 14-0.
The Wildcats finished off a six-play, 72 yard drive with a 46-yard touchdown run by Stinson to open the second quarter. Brown’s PAT was wide right, making the score, 20-0, with 11:45 to play in the first half.
The Mules went three and out and the Wildcats answered again, capping off a five-play drive with a 67-yard touchdown run, as Xavier Esquibel broke free around the right side. Saldana slipped on the two-point conversion run, leaving the score, 26-0, with 8:31 to play in the half.
The Mules took over at their own 29-yard line, but their drive was derailed, as Hasley was picked off on second down by Littlefield safety, Joseph Trevino with 7:39 to play in the half. Littlefield turned the turnover into points just a few plays later, as Green snuck it in from the one-yard line on second and goal. Brown’s PAT sailed through the uprights to make the score, 33-0.
Littlefield would go on to score three more times, as the Mules fell to their rival on the road, 54-0.
Muleshoe will be at home on Friday, as they host the Shallowater Mustangs.
Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.