MULESHOE — One down for Muleshoe, two to go.
Needing a late charge to extend their run of consecutive playoff berths to seven, the Mules turned in their most dominating performance of the season Friday night in crushing winless Dimmitt 45-0 in a District 2-3A contest.
Six players rushed for a touchdown apiece and the Mules (3-5, 1-2 district) piled up a 430-142 advantage in total offense over the Bobcats (0-8, 0-3). Muleshoe probably needs to win its final two games — next week at Lubbock Cooper and Nov. 7 at home against Slaton — to earn a playoff berth.
Sophomore Brady Black carried 14 times for 151 yards and scored Muleshoe’s first touchdown on a 2-yard run. Muleshoe added touchdowns from Landon Sheets and Brant Hamilton in the second quarter for a 22-0 halftime lead.
Bryan King went over on a 1-yard run in the third period, and Juan Reyes and Danny Bonilla scored TDs in the final stanza.
Muleshoe finished with 374 yards rushing — averaging more than seven yards tote — and compiled 21 first downs.
The Bobcats were held to 16 yards rushing. Dimmitt’s Tyler Myatt caught seven passes for 77 yards.
NAZARETH 32, BOVINA 7 — At Bovina, senior quarterback Jordy Rowland ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Swifts took control of the District 4-1A race.
Rowland scrambled for touchdown runs of 8 and 10 yards in the first half, then threw a 2-yard TD pass to Dustin Schulte in the third quarter. Rowland completed 28 of 42 passes for the game, accounting for 277 of Naz’s 364 total yards.
“They threw the ball pretty well,” Bovina coach Kent Torbert said of the Swifts. “We gave up one big (pass) play, a 35-yarder in the third quarter. But it’s pick-your-poison with them; you cover everybody up and (Rowland) runs.
“They’re a good football team. They do a lot of things extremely well.”
Trey Robb added scoring runs of 4 yards in the second quarter and 8 yards in the third for Naz (4-3, 2-0 district). Quarterback Jeff Casas got the Mustangs (6-3, 2-1) on the board late in the third quarter on a one-yard run.
Senior Jonathan Chisom had 25 carries for 102 yards for Bovina, which finished with 209 total yards.
Bovina now has an open date before closing the season at home on Nov. 7 against rival Farwell (6-1, 1-1), with the district’s second playoff berth likely on the line in that one.
“It’s one of those games where you typically throw out the records,” Torbert said.