MOSSYROCK – The Wahkiakum Mules changed their approach to play 8-a-side football against an understaffed Mossyrock team on Friday night and after some tweaking the Mules got on with the business and clinched a 28-24 victory over the Vikings.
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“We really didn’t have a clue what we were doing,” Wahkiakum coach Ryan Lorenzo said of the move to the Round of 16. “We were calling rooms and the rooms were exploding… it was a steep learning curve at first.”
After a few tweaks, the Mules started to understand. Junior QB Brodie Avalon also continued to settle in his first year under center as he found Jacob Johnson on a 49-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to put the Mules on the board.
Then the new connection gave way to a proven formula for Mules.
“We put the ball in Gabe Moon’s hands and we stuck with what we know,” said Lorenzo.
Moon found the end zone late in the first period for Wahkiakum on a 40-yard touchdown, but the Mules were still trailing 16-14 in a quarterback.
Defense took over in the second quarter and both teams went scoreless and the Vikings’ two-point lead held through half-time.
After smoothing out a few other things in the locker room, the Mules struck early in the third on another deep touchdown from Avalon to Moon at 49 yards to give the Mules the lead, which they did not give up.