Kicking game yields 7-6 win for Mule football
October 17, 2019
Kicking made the difference as the Wahkiakum Mules claimed a 7-6 victory over the Toutle Lake Ducks last Friday in the Mules' homecoming football game.
After a scoreless first half, the Mules surprised the Ducks with a successful onside kick recovery to start the second half. Jake Leitz put the Mules in scoring position with a long run to the Duck 10-yard line; he scored on the next play to put the Mules up 6-0. Elijah Cothren kicked the conversion for a 7-0 Mule lead.
The Ducks put together a scoring drive, and punched in a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Mules had good defensive pressure on the conversion kick, and the ball went wide of the goal post, leaving the Mules ahead 7-6.
From there, the Mule defense was able to maintain the winning margin.
The Mules overcame adversity on offense: Starting quarterback Kaden Anderson left the game with an ankle injury on the sixth play of the game; he'll miss the rest of the season. Leitz, a running back, stepped into the quarterback position; center Gabe Moon took over at quarterback for the second half. Leitz was the Mules' leading ball carrier with 73 yards gained; Braxton Johns followed with 22.
On defense, Leitz had 16 tackles and seven assists; Zayne Meneou had seven tackles and 12 assists; Eli Moon 7/3 and Gabe Moon 4/7. Cothren executed two successful onside kicks and the winning conversion kick.
The Mules head to Toldeo this Friday.