Mules return to action focused on playoff pushNathan Giese, Muleshoe Journal October 22, 2021 0 COMMENTS
The Muleshoe football team returns from its off week for a road meeting with Amarillo River Road.
The Mules spent last week’s practices focusing on the small details that can go a long way in determining a team’s fate. For Muleshoe, that involves getting the run game and defense up to where it needs to be the rest of the way.
“We really feel like running the football and defense travels, and we haven’t won a game on the road yet,” said Muleshoe head coach Jason Richards.
In order for Muleshoe to get to the postseason, winning at least one game on the road may be a requirement.
Heading into Friday’s contest against River Road – another run-heavy offensive opponent – the Mules are 2-5 overall and 0-1 in district play. That’s good enough for fourth place right now, but with three games to go and a lot to be decided, getting into the win column is of the utmost importance.
“This game’s so big, this one’s for second play,” said Richards. “If we win Friday night, we’re kind of sitting in second place and tied with River Road and Dalhart.”
Richards said that Bushland, as expected, should be the No. 1 seed out of District 2-3A Division I.
“I think everybody right now is playing for second, third and fourth,” said the coach.
For the Mules to get one of those four spots, they have win at least one game, and getting a win sooner rather than later is recommended.
Muleshoe will try to get that first district win, and first win on the road this season, against the Wildcats. Richards point to the effort of River Road’s players as a key to their success this season.
“What stands out to me is they play extremely hard,” said Richards. “The running backs run hard. The offensive line does a good job. Defensively they’re sound in what they do. The play hard. They get to the football.”
There’s much to be sorted out in the district in terms of playoff positioning. The Mules will try to make their path a little clearer by handling their own business.