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Muleshoe met Brownfield for one of the most anticipated matchups in the West Texas area on Thursday and neither team disappointed.  

These two teams matched up in non-district game in week six of the regular season where Muleshoe came out on top 39-37.  

This game saw even more points as over 80 points were put on the board in this contest. Neither side of the ball had a bigger impact than the other as both came out to play. The Mules, however, were slow arriving to the party.  

Brownfield came out the gate with something to prove after their previous loss. The Cubs jumped out to a 24-0 lead before Muleshoe could blink with seven minutes left in the first half. The game was far from over as Muleshoe made a miraculous comeback in the second. The Mules managed to score 40 points unanswered in a matter of seven minutes of football. All of the offensive touchdowns scored during the run were 35+ yard scores.  

The second half scoring was a lot tighter than the first, but the intensity was increased. After a passing touchdown and fumble returned for a score in consecutive drives, Brownfield was right back in the game at 40-37 with one quarter to go.  

After trading turnovers, Muleshoe put together a lengthy six-minute drive that ended with a Sebastian Kirven eight-yard rushing score to extend the lead to 10. The Cubs got the ball back with a little under four minutes left in the contest, but the Muleshoe defense stood tall forcing a turnover on downs with two-and-a-half minutes left in the contest to close out the win. 

The Muleshoe defense was all over Brownfield quarterback Jesus Martinez, sacking him 13 times throughout the contest. Eight different Mules got to the quarterback throughout the contest and as a team recorded 12 tackles for loss. 

 The name that probably rung in Martinez’s head for the next three days was Davian McMullen, who got to him four different times. McMullen was in the backfield constantly recording a season-high seven tackles for loss. Those tackles factored into his 20 total tackles for the contest and a fumble return for a score. 

On offense, sophomore quarterback Nathan Martens had his most efficient game throwing the football this season. He completed 13 passes for 215 yards and three passing touchdowns with no interceptions.  

Irvin Torres was on the receiving end of the majority of Marten’s throws, catching six passes for 74 yards and a score.  

Running back Daniel Sianez continues his impressive play, rushing for 159 yards and a score on 22 carries. This game marks his 5th 100+ yard rushing game this season.  

Muleshoe secured the Bi-District championship with the win and move on to the area round to take on Brock. The game is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Mustang Stadium (1205 Ragland) in Sweetwater.  

Tickets will be sold at the gate. Entry is $5 for adults and $3 for students. District and THSCA passes will be accepted. The Mules will be the visiting team and will don their black uniforms. School will dismiss at 2 p.m. that day.  

Ma'Rico Holland

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