Muleshoe and Portales were impressive in season-opening victories last week. Both are hoping to carry their momentum into tonight’s 6:30 p.m. (MDT) meeting at Muleshoe.
They may be looking at mirror images of each other, since both teams employ a spread offense.
“Our offenses are spitting images,” Rams coach Andy Correll said. “We run the same plays and call it pretty similar.”
Muleshoe fell behind Levelland, Texas, 7-0 early, then scored 47 unanswered points in a 47-14 rout of the Lobos in Levelland. Senior Wes Wood, son of Mules coach David Wood, stepped into his first start at quarterback and passed for 302 yards and five touchdowns — four in the second quarter.
“He definitely kind of rose to the occasion and filled (graduated QB) Garrett Riley’s shoes,” David Wood said. “He came through with flying colors.”
Coach Wood said he didn’t anti-cipate such a lopsided opening win.
“You never know how you’re going to start a year,” he said. “On paper, they looked pretty good, but we were just hitting on all cylinders.
After the early score, we kind of settled down.”
Portales, meantime, took advantage of a suspension-riddled Las Vegas Robertson squad to rout the defending Class 3A state runnersup 51-7. Running back Jesus Davalos gained more than 200 yards rushing and receiving and scored four touchdowns.
“They definitely have the talent to do that,” David Wood said. “We were very impressed with what we saw on film.”
Correll, an assistant on Wood’s staff at Muleshoe in 2002, said he expects his team to have its hands full.
“They’re well-coached,” he said. “I’m impressed with their running back and a couple of their receivers. They do what they do very well.”
Correll said he anticipates a close game.
“I think (it’ll come down to) whoever makes the least amount of mistakes, possibly special teams,” he said. “Our special teams weren’t good last week. We were putting in a new offense and defense in (during preseason) and didn’t work as much on special teams, so that was my fault.”
The teams have met times over the years, although not last season. In 2006, the Mules claimed a 20-0 win over the Rams in a game called at halftime because of a storm at Greyhound Stadium.