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The Muleshoe Mules might be the talk around the South Plains early on.

Muleshoe has been putting on dominant performances in their first three games, putting the area on notice that the Mules have arrived. The hot start so far can be accredited to years of preparations.

“I think four years in the program with my staff and I has been big,” Head Coach Jason Richards said. “When we got the job the seniors now were only freshman and being able to run our system with them has been a blessing.”

He also added that the kids’ development under his system has expanded not only at the high school level, but the junior high level as well. Richards has coaches at the sixth, seventh and eighth grade levels that all preach his coaching system which has helped quickly develop new talent that enters the high school.

Some of those kids have been big contributors already in a Muleshoe squad that has managed to outscore their opponents 144-54 through three games.

“That’s the big thing because we graduated some really, good skilled people and we graduated some good linemen and our younger guys are really stepping up,” Richards said.

The Mules graduated multiple collegiate athletes including NCAA Division II level linebacker Davian McMullen.

“I think the kids that we had penciled in in the offseason that were going to fill those holes, they knew how big of shoes they had to fill. So the work started back in January in the offseason, working hard, having a good track season and continuing that through the summer has been big,” he added.

Looking at the games so far, one number has been identical, the Mules’ final score. The Mules have scored 48 points in each of their three games. Along with that, in each game the Mules had the potential to run up the score even more. In their second and third games against Lamesa and Friona, the Mules had already put up over 40 points by halftime. Just to compare, Muleshoe won their last state championship in 2008 and that championship team averaged a little over 47 points per game that season.

Richards attributed credit in the offense’s firepower to assistant coach Chris Mosier, who has taken over the play-calling duties for the Mules this year. He also said that the development in junior quarterback Nathan Martens has moved the needle for the program this year.

“(Martens) played in about seven or eight games as a sophomore and oh what a difference a year makes just being in our system,” Richards said.

Martens has been one of the top statistical passing leaders in the South Plains so far, regardless of classification, throwing for 776 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s done that while completing over 70% of his passes. He’s not alone when it comes to efficiency as the duo of senior Daniel Sianez and sophomore Josue Sigala have been “great complements to one another,” according to Richards. Sigala is averaging over 12 yards per touch while Sianez is averaging seven yards a carry. The duo has rushed for over 600 yards and 11 touchdowns in the three games so far.

Richards has been pleased with the results so far but is still working with his guys to fine tune parts of both sides of the ball so that they’re ready to go later on in the year.

“We don’t want to peak in Week Three. I want to peak in Week Six or Seven in the midst of district. We’re still trying to clean up but the kids are doing what we’re asking them to do. They’re being coachable and they’re playing hard,” he said.

He said from here on out the competition the Mules will face will be bigger and stronger so things like working on technique with the offensive and defensive line will be one of a few things the Mules will look to fine tune in order to reach an even higher level.

In the meantime, the Mules will look to win their fourth in a row as they take on Tulia this week for their homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday.

Ma'Rico Holland II

Muleshoe Journal

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