Alpine came to town to help the Mules celebrate Homecoming in the rain. Jr. Baca scores the first touchdown with 9:03 on the clock, and after Alpine has to punt on their possession, Baca and quarterback Caleb Wood do it again, only to have it called back. But Austin Ross and Wood manage to make up for it with 3:41 left in the first quarter, which ends with the score 14-0, Mules on top. In the second quarter a 6-yd pass to Colten Harris followed by a 12-yd. pass to Ray Martinez leads to a touchdown but a failed 2-point attempt and the score is 20-0. And I think about this time is when it really started to rain  in earnest. The Mules force the Bucks to turn over the ball on their next possession, and the Mules drive for another touchdown run in by Wood, making the score 27-0. The Mules hold them, get the ball back with 42 seconds on the clock. Joel Regalado then runs  83 yards for another touchdown, the kick is good, and the half ends with the score 34-0. After Samantha Ramirez is crowned homecoming queen during halftime, Alpine takes the kickoff and drives down to score, so the score is 34-7. The Mules recover Alpine’s onside kick, and after a penalty and three more plays Baca scores again, making the score 41-7 Alpine has some trouble with penalties and gives the ball back to the Mules, who score on a Matthew Barron catch, PAT good; score now 48-7. Then when Alpine gets the ball, the Mules take it away with an interception and turn it into another Martinez touchdown. The score is now 55-7. The fourth quarter sees Muleshoe catch another interception and a change to Saul Sanchez as quarterback for the rest of the game. They don’t score on that possession, and  Alpine manages to drive in a touchdown of their own and the score is 55-14. Muleshoe takes the kickoff on the 17 yard line and uses up the clock to the end of the game. The final- Mules 55, Bucks 14. Bless Alpine’s heart. Not fun to make such a long drive to get beat and then to have to drive all the way home again. And it is a long way. I hope they had a safe journey on the return trip on the wet roads. Next week is Muleshoe’s open date, so tune in October 12 when the Mules travel to Friona for the district opener. Lookin’ good, Mules.