PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Defense stifling for Mules

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer

AFTER BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS, Muleshoe allowed its first points of the season in Friday’s 35-7 win at Shallowater.

Shallowater scored with 6:36 left in the game on a 7-yard pass from Wes Dipprey to Trevor McCurdy.

The Mules (3-0) have outscored the opposition 83-7 this season.

TEXICO COACH MIKE PROKOP said it was tough to not play last week after the Wolverines suffered their first loss in more than two years. Bovina beat Texico 7-0 on Sept. 2 to snap Texico’s 25-game winning streak.

“Bovina showed us some things we needed to work on,” Prokop said. “You want to get out there and see if your mistakes had been corrected, but it’s tough because you have to wait two weeks. But we had some good practices last week; we kept the kids’ spirits up.”

Without a game to coach last Friday, Prokop scouted this week’s opponent, Crosbyton, Texas.

“Crosbyton is 0-3, but they are a Texas team. They’ve played some tough opponents,” Prokop said.

THE REFEREES THREW 21 flags in Fort Sumner’s 42-7 win over Eunice. The refs racked up more yards throwing flags than the teams did throwing footballs — 205 penalty yards to 176 passing yards.

MELROSE COACH DICKIE ROYBAL said his team was hit “the hardest we’ve been hit all year” in the Buffaloes’ 50-26 win over Valley Christian.

The game was tied 20-20 at halftime. Roybal said his team was not prepared for that type of game.

“The game was so physical, I think our kids were just stunned a little,” Roybal said.

Melrose made some adjustments and outscored Valley Christian 30-6 in the second half.

Roybal said he’s been pleased with the emergence of Adam Hairgrove.

“We never really used him last year,” Roybal said. “But we tried him out at defensive end and he’s been manhandling people.”

Roybal said a big factor in Hairgrove’s improvement has been his work in the weight room.

“He’s a lot stronger than he was,” Roybal said. “He’s hard to bring down, he’s a horse.”

Some of this weekend’s longest scoring plays:

* 90-yard interception return by Fort Sumner’s Jarrod Gauna

* 78-yard run by Muleshoe’s Brady Black

* 64-yard blocked punt return by Farwell’s Logan McFarland

* Two 42-yard runs by Fort Sumner’s Jeremy Gauna

* 39-yard run by Friona’s Eddie Ortiz