The Mules managed to find their mojo and beat the Slaton Tigers 54-7 last night. Things didn’t start off well, however, as we fumbled on our first possession and the first quarter ended scoreless, 0-0.
Soon into the second quarter we did score, making it 7-0 and not long after that scored again, 14-0. Our next possession came off an interception which the Mules were able to turn into a touchdown, but missed the point after, so  now it’s 20-0. Cooper Washington intercepted another pass and suddenly the score is 27-0. With four seconds left Cooper scores again, this time on a 9-yard run, and we go into half-time at 34-0.
Juan Sanchez starts the third quarter with an 83-yard run to make it 41-0, followed by another quick touchdown and missed PAT for a score of 47-0.
Slaton manages to slip one past us in the fourth quarter to make the score 47-7, but we follow up with Isaac Baca scoring on the kick-off to make it 54-7. Beau Avila goes in at quarterback with 5:38 left in the game. The clock is allowed to run down toward the end of the quarter, leaving the final score 54-7.
But this was homecoming, right, so I tried to document the festivities with a few pictures. Thursday night was the bonfire, of course, and even though I missed the lighting of it and fireworks to follow, I did find it still burning some time afterward, symbolizing the Mules undying, burning desire to beat Slaton. Friday was the big homecoming pep rally, always a major production at MHS, and this year was no different. The Sophomores won the float contest, the cheerleaders had a skit, the band played, the flag girls performed, a speech was made, the queen candidates were introduced, and oh, yeah, the players were introduced and paraded in.
Queen candidates Shayla Carpenter, Devnie Orozco, Samantha Reyna, Andrea Solano, and Jennifer Vasquez were introduced before the game and Jennifer was crowned queen. At half-time Hellen Adrian was honored-and surprised-by being recognized as the creator of the kicking mule logo that graces the center of the football field and is considered to be the standard logo for the Muleshoe Mules and Muleshoe in general.
So it was a full and successful night for many things Muleshoe. Next week the Mules take on the Friona Chieftains at Benny Douglas Stadium. The Mules will benefit from your support-especially the loyalty of staying till the end of the game, whether they are way ahead or behind.