In numerical order there is nothing between the numbers 1 and 2.
When the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in Class A squared off Friday night at Memorial Stadium in a Class A Division II semifinal game there was plenty of distance between those numbers — 42 points to be exact — as No. 1 Munday cruised to a 48-6 victory over No. 2 Wellington.
The victory puts the Moguls (14-0) in the Class A Division II state title game for the second straight year.
Their trip to the state championship will be a rematch, as Munday will meet Tenaha for the championship Thursday afternoon at Cowboy Stadium.
Tenaha (10-4) defeated Falls City, 42-14, in its semifinal game.
Last year, Tenaha claimed the state title with a 51-28 victory.
"It's hard to get back to some place you've already been, especially when everyone is after you," Mogul head coach Patrick Corcoran told his players after the game. "Now, we have one job left to do."
While the Skyrockets (13-1) tried to make a game of it early in the second quarter, cutting their deficit to 14-6, the Moguls' potent offensive attack and stifling defense was just too much.
After Wellington scored its lone touchdown, the Moguls marched 61 yards in six plays, with quarterback Dee Paul scampering the final 34 to push Munday's lead back to double-digits, 22-6, with 4:33 remaining in the first half.
Paul, who rushed for 195 yards on 21 carries, also finished off the Moguls next drive with a touchdown. After Wellington's fourth-down pass fell incomplete in a driving rainstorm, the Moguls took over at the Skyrockets' 33-yard line with 50 seconds remaining in the first half.
It took two plays for Paul to account for all 33 yards, with the final 24 coming on a nifty run, as Paul started up the middle before cutting back to the right and gliding into the end zone past the final Wellington defender.
"It was crazy playing in that rain," the senior quarterback said. "I was back for a punt and couldn't see a thing. I was hoping they wouldn't kick the ball.
"Wellington played tough," Paul continued. "They made us drive the ball and that's something we're not used to. We're used to making big plays."
The rain started late in the second quarter and was finished by the time the third quarter began.
Munday's big plays came in the second half, and they didn't all belong to Paul.
The Moguls' first score of the third quarter came on a 66-yard rumble by Tyrone Dockins. Dockins took the handoff at his own 34-yard line and went off right tackle. He broke one tackle near the line of scrimmage and then headed to the sideline where he broke two more tackles. He escaped one final Wellington defender at the Skyrockets 32-yard line on his way to the end zone.
Dockins, who rushed for 172 yards on just 11 carries, scored Munday's final touchdown on a 53-yard burst right up the middle.
"That was probably my best game of the year," the senior running back said. "The offensive line was opening holes. It feels great to be back in the championship game and hopefully we will win it this year. That's what we've worked for since two-a-days. That's our goal."
Going into the game, working the offensive package that features Dockins was something the Munday coaching staff thought would be effective against the Wellington defense.
"We felt like the offense we use for him would be available against their defense," Corcoran said. "We let him go a little bit.
"Going into the game we felt like we could do some things offensively and we were able to execute," he continued. "Defensively we did an excellent job holding a very good offense to just six points."
There was a U.S. Cellular "Hello" moment of the game and it came courtesy of Paul on a two-point conversion run when he hurdled a Wellington defender — who was standing up — to get into the end zone.
"I was running and there was the sideline and what else was I supposed to do," Paul said with a grin. "I didn't even think about it. I'm the defending state champion in the 300 hurdles, so I just hurdled him. My teammates are used to me hurdling guys."
Paul said his teammates are ready to get back to the state title game.
"We're hungry," he said. "You could put us in a jungle and we could eat a cheetah and we'd still come out hungry. And playing Tenaha again just makes us that much more hungry."
Wellington 0 6 0 0 — 6
Munday 14 14 14 6—48
M — Tyrone Dockins 6 run (run failed), 6:10
M — Roddrick Taylor 1 run (Ryder Dillard pass from Dee Paul), 0:46
W — Terry Gilbreath 1 run (pass failed), 6:27
M — Dee Paul 34 run (Tyrone Dockins run), 4:33
M — Dee Paul 24 run (run failed), 0:34
M — Tyrone Dockins 66 run (Dee Paul run), 7"45
M — Ryder Dillard 16 pass from Dee Paul (pass failed), 4"16
M — Tyrone Dockins 53 run (kick failed), 8:44
First downs 9 20
Rushes-yards 32-128 52-452
Passing 59 42
Comp-Att-Int 6-13-1 3-4-0
Punts-Avg. 0-0 0-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0
Penalties-Yds. 5-45 9-87
RUSHING — Wellington, Terry Gilbreath 20-97, Klark Ashmore 8-20, Smilie Granadoz 3-10, Brady Montgomery 1-1. Munday, Dee Paul 21-195, Tyrone Dockins 11-172, Roddrick Taylor 12-54, Alfonso Nunoz 5-27, Victor Garcia 2-3, Jarrett Macias 1-1.
PASSING — Wellington, Klark Ashmore 6-13-59-1. Munday, Dee Paul 3-4-42-0.
RECEIVING — Wellington, Brady Montgomery 3-42, Granadoz 1-16, Terry Gilbreath 2-1. Munday, L.J. Collier 2-26, Ryder Dillard 1-16.
RECORDS — Wellington 13-1, Munday 14-0.