In the last game of the regular season for Decatur, the Eagles battled Sanger last Friday in a game where the outcome had big playoff implications. Both teams had already secured a playoff berth but the winner of the game would finish second in district play.
Sanger jumped out to a 17-0 lead thanks in larger part to the running of 2015 runningback Tre'Von Jackson. The two teams traded scores in the second quarter with Muehlstein tossing three touchdown passes in the second quarter but Sanger still held the lead 31-28 at halftime.
A third quarter touchdown pass from Muehlstein, his fourth of the night, finally giving Decatur a 35-31 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter saw the two teams trade blows one after another. It was an offensive explosion in the final frame with the Eagles and Indians combing to score 43 points.
Sanger grabbed a 53-49 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game giving Muehlstein a chance to lead a game-winning drive. He didn't disappoint as he completed 3-of-5 passes on the final drive that was capped with his sixth touchdown pass of the night to give Decatur the lead for good; 56-53.
"It was awesome, it was a perfect set up. We just had to relax and run our plays and execute," Muehlstein said of the game-winning drive. "That's what we did and we took it down and scored."
By the end of the night Muehlstein finished 25-of-34 for 399 yards with 6 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added 109 yards on the ground. He also had a 70-yard touchdown run and 70-yard touchdown pass both negated by penalties.
On the year the senior gunslinger has thrown for 2,357 yards with 26 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions through the air. He's also added 1,111 yards and 15 more scores on the ground.
Muehlstein felt his game against Sanger could've been his best game of the season.
"Statistically probably so, but I think it was my best game of the season," Muehlstein said.
With the win Decatur avoided a Bi-District matchup with Argyle, the #1 team in class 3A. Although he relishes the competition, Muehlstein is glad they won't face the top team in 3A the first week of the playoffs.
"We were second in district at 7-3 and we dodged a bullet with Argyle," he said.
With that 7-3 record, Decatur has seen a three-game improvement from last year. The Eagles were 4-6 in 2012 and missed the playoffs. Muehlstein said the team's improvement in one year stems from a willingness to win and putting in the work to do so.
"We just had a lot more chemistry on the team and everyone just wants to win. Everyone works hard," he said. "We just had a completely different team this year."
Decatur will meet Carrollton Ranchview this Friday in the bi-district round of the Class 3A Division I playoffs at 7:30p.m. in Lake Dallas. Muehlstein says it's no secret to what they need to do to keep playing.
"We just got to keep being us and do what we do. Basically just run our plays and keep fighting," he finished.
While Muehlstein has wowed the Decatur fans the last two seasons, TCU fans are anxiously awaiting his arrival. He's been no stranger around campus this fall, attending every home game the Frogs have had. Although he sees the team struggle, he's ready to get on campus and start competing.
"It hasn't been that great so far but they've just got to hang in there and keep fighting," he said of TCU. "I'm ready to get there. I'm going in ready."