Muleshoe football capsule

CNJ staff

Muleshoe vs. Perryton
What:
Texas Class 3A first-round playoff game.
When, where: 8 p.m. (CDT) today at Dick Bivins Stadium, Amarillo.
Records: Muleshoe 8-2, Perryton 6-4.
Coaches: Muleshoe, David Wood; Perryton, Gary Newcomb.
Last meeting: 2004, Muleshoe beat Perryton 30-13 at Dick Bivins in a first-round playoff game.
Last week: Muleshoe lost at Littlefield 30-15, and lost senior running back-free safety and Division I prospect Brady Black during the game to a broken right fibula; Perryton lost to Canyon 13-3.
Perryton player to watch: Charlie Mann, 5-11, 185, Sr., WB-FS.
Keys to the game: The Mules want to keep Perryton in sight early. “The longer we do that, the better shot we have,” Wood said. On the other hand, Muleshoe has defeated the Rangers in all three previous playoff meetings under Wood.
By the numbers: 23 — Black’s touchdowns this season, including 22 rushing and one receiving. He led the Mules with 1,144 yards rushing on 156 carries while catching 15 passes for 292 yards, and he was also the team’s leading tackler.
Quotable: “You don’t replace that. You just try to get a formula going that can be competitive.” — Wood, on the loss of Black.