Undefeated Munday, Wellington meet again

Zach Duncan
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 After a second 300-yard rushing game last week against Albany, Munday quarterback Dee Paul (10) and the Moguls can reach the state title game again today against Wellington.

Eric J. Shelton/Scripps Texas Newspapers After a second 300-yard rushing game last week against Albany, Munday quarterback Dee Paul (10) and the Moguls can reach the state title game again today against Wellington.

Munday trounced Wellington by 40 points in the state semifinals a year ago.

While the Skyrockets have returned a more powerful team this season, there's no doubt No. 1 Munday has elevated its level of play since their meeting in Childress, too.

With a repeat trip to the Class A Division II title game on the line, Moguls' coach Patrick Corcoran knows his senior-laden group won't overlook Wellington based on last year's result.

"We're playing to play for it all this week, and I can't imagine any team thinking that way in this situation," Corcoran said. "It would be one thing if we'd played them earlier in the year, but this is a different story."

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in a matchup of 13-0 programs. One of the biggest keys for the Skyrockets is whether they can limit the Moguls' explosiveness by keeping their offense off the field.

"We just have to focus on what we do and what we do well," Wellington coach Wade Williams said. "We're not going to stop them completely. But if we can move the ball and execute, that will slow them down a bit."

Dee Paul is coming off his second 300-yard rushing game of the season and leads Munday with 1,510 rushing yards, 101 more than tailback Roddrick Taylor. But it's the quarterback's strides taken in the passing game that have made the Moguls almost impossible to halt.

While Munday's offense is averaging 59 points despite sitting its starters in numerous second halves, Wellington's offense hasn't been a slouch, either. Running back Terry Gilbreath (2,375 yards, 33 TDs) has made a big difference in the Skyrockets' rushing attack, which is averaging 309 yards per game.

The Skyrockets also have a battle-tested quarterback in Klark Ashmore, who hasn't been relied on quite as much but is still completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,070 yards and has thrown 34 touchdowns to only four interceptions.

"The Ashmore kid is very accurate and can create problems in the passing game," Corcoran said. "Their running back finds the cutback lanes pretty well and is really hard to tackle."

The Moguls haven't faced a balanced offense that can move the ball effectively both dimensions since their 49-7 win over Holliday. Corcoran said it would be up to his defensive line to set the tone and win the line of scrimmage.

"I'm really proud with how our defense is playing," Corcoran said after the Moguls held Albany's backfield of Jake Bumguardner and Ryan Pleasant to 87 yards on 33 carries. "That was one of the best defensive games we've had this year. Bumguardner is a heck of an athlete."

Williams mentioned that one of the reasons Munday was able to pull away so early last year was because of a couple turnovers turned into quick touchdowns. The Wellington coach knows his team can't afford those mistakes again.

The Moguls have forced 13 turnovers the past two weeks in comfortable wins over Hamlin and Albany. Paul has a team-leading eight interceptions.

Munday will be vying for its fifth state title game appearance. The Moguls won it all in 1984 and 2007, while losing in 1990 and last year to Tenaha, 51-28.

Tonight's winner will play either defending champion Tenaha (9-4) or Falls City (11-2) at noon Thursday at Cowboys Stadium for the Class A Division II championship.


Munday (13-0)

Beat Windthorst, 68-7

Beat Stamford, 34-27

Beat Albany, 55-28

Beat Bronte, 48-0

Beat Holliday, 49-7

Beat Perrin-Whitt, 62-6

Beat Petrolia, 67-0

Beat Muenster, 45-10

Beat Era, 82-0

Beat Electra, 73-0

Beat Wink, 63-34

Beat Hamlin, 66-13

Beat Albany, 55-13

Wellington (13-0)

Beat Childress, 34-21

Beat Panhandle, 42-32

Beat Memphis, 58-14

Beat Vega, 39-21

Beat WT Stinnett, 47-0

Beat Quanah, 44-26

Beat Chilton, 42-25

Beat Shamrock, 56-14

Beat Booker, 50-7

Beat Wheeler, 40-21

Beat Bovina, 56-20

Beat Springlake-Earth, 47-13

Beat Sudan, 56-20

Pigskinprep.com days: Munday by 23.

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