Duncan: Unheralded Moguls deserve recognition

Zach Duncan
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Garrett Weaver has broken up a team-high 19 passes for Munday, which faces Wellington on Friday in the Class A Division II state semifinals.

Daniel Gomez/Scripps Newspapers Garrett Weaver has broken up a team-high 19 passes for Munday, which faces Wellington on Friday in the Class A Division II state semifinals.

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Munday's Jake Myers has 107 tackles for the Moguls and brings a versatility that is crucial to the Class A level.

Patrick Johnston/Times Record News Munday's Jake Myers has 107 tackles for the Moguls and brings a versatility that is crucial to the Class A level.

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Garrett Weaver has broken up a team-high 19 passes for Munday, which faces Wellington on Friday in the Class A Division II state semifinals.

Daniel Gomez/Scripps Newspapers Garrett Weaver has broken up a team-high 19 passes for Munday, which faces Wellington on Friday in the Class A Division II state semifinals.

I get asked a lot about the Munday football team. Whether it's an area coach, a regional media member or a casual sports fan, the questions are usually the same.

Are they as impressive as they look on TV? How good are they? Is Dee Paul the real deal?

These conversations are usually made in passing and are answered without much depth or detailed analysis.

Yes, the Moguls are that good. They're the most dominant football team I've covered in the nine seasons at the paper. And Dee Paul is a stud.

Not surprisingly, Munday coach Patrick Corcoran also is frequently asked about Paul.

"I'm like, he's great and he's one of the best athletes in the state of Texas, but the guys sharing the field with him, they're pretty good athletes, too," Corcoran said. "We couldn't do the things we do without them. That's what makes this bunch so special."

Guys such as Paul, Roddrick Taylor and Tyrone Dockins (Neskorik) get plenty of ink, and you could fill an hourlong segment with their highlights.

But there are other, unheralded Moguls who have a lot to do with Munday being two wins away from a third state football title. You didn't ask, but I'm going to spend a little time telling you about them anyway.

First, they have a three-year starter in Jake Myers. He's the quintessential scrappy Class A football player who can play anywhere on the field, including three different positions on offense.

While most of his 107 tackles have come as a defensive end, Munday also can drop the 189-pounder back to linebacker in a pinch.

"Jake is having three different players out there," Munday defensive coordinator Ronny Lowrance said. "He can play on the defensive line, linebacker or he can go cover a receiver."

The defensive line spends about as much time on its opponent's side of the line of scrimmage as it does its own thanks to its combination of size and athleticism.

Just look at 260-pound behemoth Xzavier Bulliner, who has 19 tackles for a loss despite missing a few games. I haven't even seen Jarrett Masias play yet, but the midseason transfer from Mineral Wells leads the team with five sacks.

"I think we really improved a lot this year," Bulliner said of the guys up front. "We have weaknesses, but I think we fill it in pretty good. We make up for it in many different areas. If one person messes up it's all right because someone else is going to make it happen."

One position where the Moguls entered 2012 with some uncertainty was at linebacker after the team's top two tacklers graduated. Dewayne Castorena was the only starter returning and has quietly had another stellar year.

Dockins was moved to middle linebacker after playing on the defensive line last season. And Ryder Cude has thrived in his role, leading Munday with 125 tackles.

"I knew I was going to really have to step it up so I spent the offseason working out really hard trying to get better," Cude said. "At the start of the year I was a little nervous, but as I got into it, I picked up on the game speed and did well with it."

Defensive back Garrett Weaver has 19 pass breakups and his suction coverage helps Lowrance dial up aggressive schemes.

Everyone remembers the three touchdowns on kickoff returns Munday had last year against Windthorst, but nobody recalls Weaver having two of them.

And don't forget the offensive line, led by seniors Logan Groves and BJ Araujo. Neither allowed a sack, and both graded out at least 95 percent during the regular season.

So Paul may be the headliner — and deservedly so. But even he knows it's not a one-man act. Not even close.

"They get overlooked sometimes, but they're all studs," Paul said. "We all just try to keep our egos down in the locker room and just play football. We all allow each other to shine, which is good."

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