There is no better way to forget a disappointing one-point loss to Pecos in their season opener than to come back a week later with a convincing 41-14 win over Littlefield much to the delight of a large Homecoming crowd.
The highlight of the night came at halftime with the crowning of Holly Hemmeline as the 2018 Homecoming queen. Sharing the honor with Holly were senior princesses Regina Anaya, Nancy Cardoza, Ailin Estrada, Morgan Johnson, and Liberty Jones. Joining these senior princesses and the queen was junior representative Moraima Villegas, sophomore Karley Moore, and freshman Daniela Villa Rodriquez.
With a daylong steady drizzle coming to an end moments before kickoff both teams traded possessions before the Mustangs had the first break taking over on the Wildcats 47 yard line. On the fourth play sophomore, Uriel Rodriquez made the corner and scooted in from the 11 yard line. Juan Herrera was true on his first PAT to give the Mustangs as 7-0 lead with 3:23 left in the first quarter.
It didn’t take Littlefield long to counter that score with one of their own when a receiver out battled Miguel Dominquez for a 36 yard touchdown catch. Their PAT try was also true tying the game at 7-7 with 1:40 still showing in the first quarter.
The first half ended with a flurry of touchdowns. Once again Littlefield connected on a long pass and run play that resulted in a 44 yard touchdown. The PAT was good and with 2:33 left in the first half the Wildcats had their one and only lead of 14-7. Once again the Mustangs came right back to tie things up. After a 15 yard Mario Sanchez to Josh Mills completion gave the Mustangs good field position Alexis Mendoza went 14 yards to tie things up at 14-14 with :59 seconds showing on the clock. On the Wildcats next possession, Dominquez stepped in front of a pass and returned it to Littlefield’s 24 yard line. From there Aaron Mendoza went straight up the middle for the go ahead touchdown. Herrera kick was once again true and with :25 the Mustangs were on top for good 21-14.
After a good return to start the second half the Mustangs set up shop on Littlefield’s 40 yard line. After another pass completion to Mills, Sanchez dialed his own number and scampered 9 yards for the touchdown. The snap on the PAT attempt was bobbled and no attempt was made leaving the score at 27-14 with 8:53 left in the third quarter.
After another Littlefield fumble on their next possession the Mustangs took over at midfield, but after four plays had to turn the ball back over. Littlefield threatened getting all the way down inside the Mustangs 10 yard line before the Mustang’s defense took over on their 9 yard line. Behind the running of Arron Mendoza, Alexis Mendoza, Alejandra Chavarria, and Rodriquez the Mustangs went 91 yards in seven plays with Sanchez going the last 11 yards. Herrera booted the PAT to bring the score to 34-14 with 11:53 left in the game.
Aaron Mendoza scored the Mustangs final touchdown after a Littlefield fumble was recovered on the Wildcats 23 yard line. The Herrera PAT was good once again for the final 41-14 score. The Mustangs ground game finished with 196 yards with Alexis Mendoza leading the way with 75 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown. Sanchez finished with 66 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, Aaron Mendoza finished with 46 yards and one touchdown on nine carries, and Rodriquez had 14 yards on five carries.
In the passing department, Sanchez was 7/14 for 129 yards. Mills was the leading receiver with two catches for 39 yards, Leonel Razo had one catch for 35 yards and a touchdown, Nathaniel Cruz had one circus catch between two defenders for 25 yards and a touchdown, and Uriel Rodriquez had one catch for 15 yards. Herrera was 5/5 in PAT. Defensively Littlefield finished with 218 yards of total offense, 135 on the ground and 141 through the air. Both of their touchdowns were on passes. The Mustang defense came up with two pass interceptions and two fumble recovery. Miguel Dominguez had one pass interception and one fumble recovery, Elias Yanez had one fumble recovery, and Zeek Gonzales had one pass interception.
Up next for the Mustangs will be another home game with Alpine who will be coming in with a 1-1 record. They started the year with a 49-2 thumping of Tornillo before losing to Ft. Stockton last Friday 27-21. Kickoff time is set for 7:30.