MULESHOE — There’s revenge. And then there’s revenge.
Powered by Oklahoma-bound senior quarterback Cooper Washington, Muleshoe routed Amarillo River Road 72-16 Friday in a District 2-1A Division I game.
Muleshoe clinched a state playoff berth against a River Road team that upset the Mules in the first-round of the state playoffs last year — breaking a 25-game win streak.
“That game left sour tastes in our mouths for a whole year,” Muleshoe coach David Wood said of the 25-21 loss. “It’s motivated us all year. They played lights out last year and we didn’t come out ready to play.”
That certainly wasn’t the case Friday, as Washington — who will play defensive end at OU — led a dominating offensive performance with 473 yards of total offense and had his hand in seven touchdowns — five passing and two rushing.
“I just got it in my head before the game that if nobody was open, I was going to run the ball,” said the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Washington, who finished with a career-high 254 yards rushing.
Juan Sanchez, Washington’s diminutive senior sidekick in the backfield, added 134 yards rushing and receiving and three touchdowns as Muleshoe (8-1, 5-1 district) accumulated 681 yards of offense and 36 first downs.
The 5-6, 167-pound Sanchez and Washington, who have played together since the third grade, were starters on Muleshoe’s 2008 state title team.
“He’s the kind of guy in the trenches you want next to you when you go to war,” Washington said of Sanchez.
Chris Perez rushed for 176 yards — most of which he gained on a pair of long runs in the fourth quarter — for River Road (3-6, 2-4).
After scoring two early touchdowns on Washington TD passes of 26 yards to Eric Orozco and 11 yards to Joey Ramirez, Muleshoe took control with a 20-point outburst in the final 5:30 of the first half.
Washington sandwiched TD runs of 19 and 24 yards around a River Road turnover, before hitting Sanchez on a 13-yard swing pass with 39 seconds to go in the second quarter to make it 32-0.
Washington showed off his wheels in the third quarter with an 87-yard run after a River Road punt pinned Muleshoe at its 1-yard-line.
Sanhcez swept around the left end and into the end zone from 12 yards on the next play to put Muleshoe up 45-0 five minutes into the third quarter.
Sanchez feels Muleshoe, which is ranked seventh in Class 2A, is ready to make another playoff run.
“As long as we keep working hard in practice and work as a team, I think we have a chance,” Sanchez said.