Pigskin preview: Muleshoe ‘starting from scratch’

District 1-2A

• 2012 record: 9-3

• Coach: David Wood (18th year, 148-54)

• Returning starters (offense): 2

• Returning starters (defense): 1

• Last playoff appearance: 2012, the Mules lost to Eastland 48-34 in the area (second) round.

• Things 2 look 4: The Mules, who won a Class 2A Division I state title in 2008, have missed the playoffs only three times under Wood — his first two years (1996 and 1997) and 2003. … Wes Wood, the coach’s son, is teaching at Muleshoe this year and also on his father’s coaching staff. Wood quarterbacked the 2008 state championship team and went on to play four years at Eastern New Mexico University.

• Biggest area of concern: The only returning starters are senior WR/S Austin Ross and senior WR Matt Barron. “We’re just starting from scratch,” Wood said. “We’ve got 10 sophomores and freshmen on the team this year. We’re just going to throw them out there and see what happens.”

• Coach’s take: “It’s going to be a challenge this year. I expect us to go as deep as usual (in the postseason). The kids are working hard — if you don’t expect it, you’re not going to achieve it. But we’re awful green, and we’re going to have to grow up in a hurry.”

 

— Compiled by Dave Wagner

 

ROSTER

No. Name Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.

2 Kevin Mendoza So. 5-8 155 WR/LB

3 Eli Leal Sr. 6-1 150 WR/LB

4 Josh Lopez So. 5-6 165 RB/LB

7 Tony Vasquez So. 5-10 145 WR/DB

10 Danny Campos So. 6-1 155 QB/DB

12 Kegan Fikes Jr. 6-3 195 RB/DE

14 Austin Ross Sr. 5-11 165 WR/DB

20 Blaine Hurtado Sr. 5-8 150 WR/DB

21 J.J. Gandara Jr. 5-8 130 WR/DB

22 Chemel Regalado Jr. 5-8 145 WR/LB

30 Fransico Elizalde Jr. 5-8 130 RB/DB

33 Braden Bessire Jr. 5-7 160 RB/LB

34 Eshoya Lopez Jr. 5-8 150 WR/LB

44 Cristian Paez Jr. 5-8 145 WR/LB

51 John Stiles Jr. 6-0 210 OL/DT

52 Triston Boehning So. 6-0 180 OL/DE

53 Issac Acosta Jr. 5-6 140 OL/LB

54 Dagen Dunham Fr. 6-4 180 OL/LB

55 Issac Luebanos Jr. 5-8 195 OL/DT

60 David Rodriguez Jr. 5-6 250 OL/DT

66 Diego Benavides So. 6-0 200 OL/DE

67 Jaxon Lee So. 6-0 200 OL/DE

74 Dustin Smith Jr. 5-9 265 OL/LB

75 James Lutz So. 5-9 195 OL/DE

80 Ignacio Elizalde Sr. 5-11 140 WR/K/DB

81 Matt Barron Sr. 5-8 130 WR/DB

 

SCHEDULE (Times Central)

August: 30 — Shallowater, 7:30 p.m.

September: 5 — Midland JV, 7 p.m.; 13 — at Levelland, 7:30 p.m.; 20 — Lubbock Roosevelt, 7:30 p.m.; 28 — vs. Alpine at Odessa, 7:30 p.m.

October: 11 — Friona, 7:30 p.m.-x; 18 — Bushland, 7:30 p.m.-x; 25 — at at Dimmitt, 7:30 p.m.-x.

November: 1 — Childress, 7:30 p.m.-x; 8 — at Littlefield, 7:30 p.m.-x.

x-Denotes district game.

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